“Like in every election season, many of us are finding ourselves confused. Questions like, whom should we vote for? All politicians are the same; do they even deserve our vote? Would my one vote make a difference?
Should I just vote for the same party for which my parents have been voting for years?
As we reach close to the polling date, political parties are leaving no stone unturned to allure young voters. They are well aware that with the average age of an Indian being about 25 years- youth of the country holds the key to power. I believe if we follow some simple steps, we would be able to make better choices- thus leading to a progressive state with a sustainable development.
As a youth, first thing we must ask the candidates not just WHAT they would do, but HOW would they do it. There are thousands of issues spanning across a vast spectrum in these elections with corruption, price rise and unemployment being the prime ones. The problem is that most of these issues are quite broad. All candidates promise to solve these problems, but do not tell us how would they do it.
These issues should be narrowed down to a granular level. Example; we could ask our candidates:
How can they make sure that one gets access to their land records in a timely manner without bribing revenue officials?
How many people in the constituency can they work towards getting employed, and How?
Secondly, we must make sure that relevant subjects always remain on the forefront. A certain candidate might make much hue and cry about the rising petroleum prices, but we all know that as a Member of Legislative Assembly he/she has little control over those things. Instead, we must bring more pertinent issues (like condition of roads, waste decomposition-recycling unit, state of local schools and colleges) that are in jurisdiction of the candidate to limelight.
Lastly, it is very important to make our candidates accountable. One might make many promises, but they do not mean anything unless fulfilled. We youngsters are blessed with sharp memories, and are lucky to have access and exposure to modern technology that could help us in doing this.
India would be a much better country if we become aware as voters. I would appeal to all of you to make the best use of your vote. Think twice before you vote: We are not just voting a candidate-We are voting our future.