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Sunday, November 27 2022
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Election for emotions and election for development

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As part of the election campaign, each political party and candidates approach the voters with their election manifesto. Like a village fair having various shops with a variety of options to choose from, the election manifesto to comes out as a shop to select the ‘best of development plans’. India is the largest democracy in the world. Election to this largest democracy is regarded as the festival of democracy.

It is Article 324 of the Indian Constitution which speaks on the elections. Elections indeed are considered festivals but the problem arises If it is treated as a ‘festival of fun.’ Election contenders in an Indian system of democracy stand responsible for the upliftment of society. The elected members are responsible for the citizens. And so electors are expected to stand rational and chose a deserving leader. Unlike any other nation, Indians are well known for their emotional bonds and connection. May it be blood relations or religious emotions Indians have their upper hand. The same concept to an extent has made Indians to be regarded as ‘Emotional fools’. Like the psychology of ‘feed the need’ works out for TRPs, election manifestos and pre-election actions of parties too reflect the same in the Indian case.

Being a country with 48 per cent of engineering graduates facing unemployment, PhD holders applying for sweeper jobs, two-thirds of the population being in poverty, fuel prices seeing hike on an everyday basis, cooking gases once again taking the path of highly unaffordable prices to poor, the election manifestos of the parties in India work on communal grounds to attract the emotion of Indian voters. Demolition of religious monuments, Establishment of places of worship, promotion of religious ideologies etc. has become prime highlights. India is the only country to pass ‘Universal Adult Franchise'( the right to vote given to all adult citizens of the country, irrespective of their wealth, caste, religion, race, ethnicity etc.) in a single go. Unfortunately, It has failed in bringing in a communal free, development-oriented, and patriotic administration. Rather, the rational and informative citizens have proved to be like kids which visit the village fair. The more the shopkeeper attracts it with the sentiment of toys, the more the child leans towards the shop.

As the saying goes, ‘If not today then never.’ People have to come out of the cocoon of emotional cards and focus on the real problems. With the weapon called “Election” voter has the power to play the best of games. Hoping the enlightenment on the constitutional right among citizens eradicate the scarcity of basic necessities.

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Sumayya Parveen A.

Sumayya is a Journalism, Eng. Literature and History Graduate & IAS Aspirant. She is also a budding writer and poetess.

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