Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Jaago Re: Vote out the rot

After the shock and anger passed, am now filled with a sense of urgency, especially after reading and watching how some of our "leaders" reacted. RR Patil the Deputy CM of Maharashtra said that there would always be an incident or two such as this (the recent attacks on Taj Mahal, Oberoi etc.) in a big city like Mumbai and his boss, the CM of Maharashtra 'Shri' Vilasrao Deshmukh decided to visit the affected sites with a filmmaker. What empathy!

Now I'd like to do something.... no, I rephrase, I WANT to do something... but what? A million single efforts are not going to solve the problem. Like Obama said, I need Change, I need Leadership and I need Vision. I want to believe that as an Indian I can contribute to bettering my country. I realise that I need a strong leader to take this country to a better morrow. And for all this rhetoric in my blog (and in my head), I realise I NEED TO VOTE.

All media images of polling booths show SEC B, C, D and sub D categories voting. Never has a car stopped to let out a couple of educated MBA professionals/Media Managers/Engineers/Investment Bankers vote. C'mon, how many of you have ever voted? I have promised to myself I shall cast my vote in EVERY election that I can. At least let my voice be heard, use my right as a citizen, show the way to my son and his son. Taking a small step forward, I have already arranged to apply for my voter's ID card (which I am ashamed to admit, I still do not possess at the ripe voting age of 29!) I shall be back with more details of whether you can vote outside your constituency etc. But meanwhile do check out "jaagore.com"

To paraphrase Michael, nee Mikaeel Jackson, lets make the world a better place for you and for me and the entire human race.

ps: Here are more voices -


  1. hopefully this will make us more aware of our rights AND duties as citizens.

    Voting is both!

    heres to first step in the right direction!



  2. You're right. Even I haven't got a voting card! Getting one and voting in the next election is one of the things I HAVE to do next year.

  3. Good for you! These are all the right steps in the right direction!

    Thank you for linking me...together, we can all make a difference!

  4. I have a voting card but never voted. Just the other day I realised that its been ten years since I got the right to vote and I have never made use of it... I am truly ashamed.
    But like you I need to vote outside my constituency. Do let me know if this is possible.
    Also, found out that you can go to a polling booth, vote but not choose any particular candidate.

  5. i think a lot of people are now waking up and many committees and organisations are being formed to bring about this change. even if 10% of them stay alive in the next 6 months, we'll be home.

  6. I have to admit, I always turn out and vote. For me, it's like a duty to my country. But what pains me is the abysmal choice of people to vote for - each os worse than the other.