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Urban-rural voting patterns

Sidharth Bedi Varma | April 13, 2019 11:16 hrs

Phase I of the grand Indian elections has now concluded leaving us all to ask just one thing – a somewhat low voter turnout; is this going to be the trend across the rest of the phases?

This cycle has time and again proven to be an unhealthy deterrent to the Indian democracy. While the number of voters has been rising every 5 years, there is also the major challenge of ignorance in this younger demographic.

It is not that they aren’t concerned about the wellbeing of the country. But to be honest, this ignorance is more at the deep seated dissatisfaction with the system and previous governments.

There are eligible voters in the city who are still asking the question, where is my voter ID card? Well, this sense of “alarm” is unfortunately raised too late. The new voter that the EC and political parties hope to target is too laid back. While I’m not generalizing, this is a clear trend.

The case is of course different with the rural areas where the youth is a little more involved. Of course this stems from the fact that elections and politics is an “aspirational” element in their lives. They get excited that a leader comes deep into their towns to woo them, talk to them and entertain them, even if it’s for just a day.

However, the urban voter is a little apathetic. He says, “Your rally and tents across the city are only causing traffic jams getting me late for work.” He keeps this feeling repressed and then expresses his discontentment on poll day by sitting at home, enjoying his “holiday.”

Well, there is always an opportunity for political parties to better themselves at this and for the youth to get more involved. It’s not about complaining for the next 5 years that makes you politically active, but spending an hour in the booth that gives you the right to do so.

The season is on, Voting’or booth aru bhoot, duita’e hobo lage!

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