India is the largest democracy in the world. The right to vote and more importantly the exercise of franchise by the eligible citizens is at the heart of every democracy. We, the people, through this exercise of our right to vote have the ultimate power to shape the destiny of country by electing our representatives who run the Government and take decisions for the growth, development and benefit of all the citizens.

It is that time of the year where everything that happens in the country takes a political angle. With the Lok Sabha elections round the corner, politics reclaims the coveted centre stage in the media pushing aside finance, cinema and cricket. But are the youth, the ones who comprise of more than 60% of the population, really interested in electing their next government? How many of them are actually going to make the effort to cast their vote? Worse still, how many above eighteen people bothered to procure a voters id? Statistics updated by the Election Commission of India show dismal numbers. Here are five reasons why each and every one of us should, as rightful citizen caste our votes

Every “just one” vote counts:

Numbers win or lose elections. Sure, one vote does not make a difference, except in rare cases. But when lakhs of people their “one vote” does not make a difference, they are complacent and completely wrong. If you don’t vote for what you believe in, then someone else is surely going to and you might not like it when the results are announced.

Voting is a medium of expression:

We complain year after year, tenure after tenure. We forward messages stating, “India is a country where pizza reaches faster than ambulance….” But when the time comes, we just enjoy the Election Day as a government holiday. Our votes are what that have a say whether “pizza reaches faster or ambulance”. Voting gives a chance to form a people’s government by the people themselves. When you do not vote, you have no right to complain.

Voting is honour:

As citizens of the largest democracy, we’re all given the power to vote. You are given a privilege to choose who is going to make decisions on your behalf. Our votes decide who is going to frame our tax structure. Vote to elect is a gentle reminder of the importance of freedom and how important it is to be free of archaic clutches. But failing to exercise our right to vote is equal to embracing anti-democracy.

Responsibility to choose:

If there is section of people of our country who are responsible for choosing a better government, then it is definitely us. We are the educated lot. We cannot be easily won through freebies and false promises. Gone are the days when we were told we are the future citizens. Time has come and now we are the citizens of India. To realise the great Indian dream of 2020, we need to choose a capable government and in not voting we just imply that we don’t care.

The act of trying:

The candidate whom you cast your vote for might not win, but you would have the personal satisfaction of trying. I recently read a very inspiring post that said, “Stop complaining about your country, you do your part properly”. This should be every India’s motto and there will come a day when we have nothing to complain about it. Cast your vote; make billions of dreams a reality.

When we all hit 18, the first thing most of us do is to apply for a driving licence. We would reach Himalayan heights if only we show the same enthusiasm in applying for voters ID and being an active part of the change we want to see.

Jai Hind :bab (6):

P.S: Please add more reasons to this list to generate awarness.
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  • Hey Abhi Bro, here are a couple of more.....

    If you don’t vote, you are killing democracy
    If you want to keep democracy alive then I urge all the citizens to come out and exercise their voting rights. Do not choose your candidate party wise. Think carefully and then elect a candidate who is responsible and you feel will work towards betterment of society and bring a change. If you don’t vote, you are killing democracy.

    Your single vote can help select the right candidate
    I and my family have never missed a single opportunity to vote in any of the elections. By voting, we voice our opinion and get to choose the deserving candidate. Those who do not vote have no rights to criticise about the non-performing political leaders. Your single vote can help select the right candidate that can benefit the city and the nation on a whole.

    To bring positive changes in society, one must vote
    Citizens must vote to make politicians realise that the people deserve more than what they are being offered in terms of facilities, public works, education, amenities and medical assistance among others. If you want positive changes in society, you have to come out and vote for the right candidates. Elect candidates who know the reality at ground level.

    Voting gives us a chance to voice our opinion
    If we want our government to be responsible and accountable to people, then we must vote dutifully. It gives us a chance to voice our opinion and decide which party should work for welfare of society. There can be many reasons for not voting such as political apathy on part of people, but to keep the democracy alive, people must come out and vote.

    We must cast our votes to help flush out corrupt leaders
    Our constitution is based on the principle of one citizen, one vote, one value, but one value has not come into existence till now. Votes are being bought and this is happening because citizens are not exercising their voting rights. One must understand that when we have accepted democracy, we have also accepted voting as part of our democratic right. We must cast votes to help flush out corrupt leaders from politics.
    Eminent director speaks up
    Citizens must come out and exercise their voting rights to live in democracy and to live democracy.

    If you are proud to be an Indian, take pride in voting also
    I don’t see the reason why people ask, why they should vote. My question to them is why they should not vote. You are a citizen of democratic India and it is everyone’s duty to exercise their voting rights. The question of why or why not does arise at all. If you are proud to be a citizen of one of the biggest democracy in the world, you should be proud to vote also, which is part of the democratic system.

    Those who don’t vote are enemies of democracy
    Nowadays, only those who are aware and care about the overall development of society come out and vote. Mostly, the poor and middle-class people exercise their voting rights while the elite class treat voting day just like any other holiday. Those who do not exercise their voting rights are actually enemies of democracy. Citizens must vote whether they like it or not.

    By not voting, you are sacrificing your sacred right
    Voting is a sacred right of every individual and exercising his/her voting rights is the duty of the citizens of India. If you do not vote, you do not have any moral right to criticise the Pune Municipal Corporation, the elected corporators or any other political leaders. If citizens do not vote, they are unnecessarily sacrificing their sacred right. The youth must especially understand how important and prized their vote is, which will help shape the future of the country.
  • aam admi jagega
    malik hai netaoke
  • Mere voting is not enough.We must vote with full knowledge as to the person we are voting for.Knowledgeable voters are a must to save democracy.Exercise your franchise properly.
  • Vote chota hai magar shakto me anant hai :)
  • Two quotes whch are applicable to India:
    “If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don't bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home and watching MTV/cricket on election day. By all means stay home if you want, but don't bullshit yourself that you're not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.”
    ― David Foster Wallace, Up, Simba!(edited to suit our nation)
    “Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
    ― Abraham Lincoln
    Friends if we dont vote wisely in largest number,you have only yourself to blame and not the politicians themselves.
    If they get elected after so many years of misrule,asset enhancements,and scams(even if 10% of the figures are true),then we deserve the government we have voted in.
    Indians need to have self respect and vote out people who are corrupt,tainted and inefficient or absent from constituency after elections e.g Dharmendra .
    If our leaders dont rise to the occasion we will fall behind in the race.
    I am sure these are adequate reasons for us to vote right and give decisive mandate.Regional parties should be put in the right place and not allowed to blackmail the national parties.
  • vote for AAP true value of voting vry optimistic abt it
  • Vote dena is ko Kahate hain
  • The picture above is inspiring indeed.
    Congrats to the lady for rising above her disability in discharging her duty as a citizen.
    I wish our other educated voters become more conscious of the need to vote.
    But will the person she voted for live up to her expectation?