Mr. Advani: Watch your MouthOld man has done it again, and this time too without being aware of what he is doing. From jai Shri Ram to Jai Shri Musharraf (Pervez Musharraf), Advani has proved to be a butt of political jokes and the most recent in the series is his senseless rattling to make voting compulsory for every Indian. This statement has proved once again that this old man either has no substance between his ears or he does not know how to use it.

You should not worry sir; this is not your fault. How can you put the thing (read mind) in use if you are not trained to do so? This is not your fault, this is the fault of the alliances that you have. Blame it on RSS, the people there should have told you the alternative use of mind. Contrary to your belief sir, this tool is not meant only to please RSS.

By the way, how do you propose to execute this grand plan of yours? You must not have known the complexity of the statement you are making, or else probably you would have refrained from voicing it. Again this is not your fault, not all minds are created equal. Sir, yours is not capable of holding complex thoughts, why don’t you just stick to Hinduism?

I am sure you must be led to believe that all those who do not come out from home to vote are BJP voters. Instead of thinking like Hindu democratic dictator have you thought why people don’t come to vote? Well, unlike what your feeble mind makes you believe, not everyone is lazy and indifferent. There are people who want to vote but do not do so because you and your oppositions have failed to produce even one right candidate. This group is not in favour of electing criminals, RSS goons, Raj Thakreys of the world, and your beloved Narenda Modi. By the way what is your policy sir? C’mon I am not asking about Hindutva! I hope you understand the term “policy,” don’t you?

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If you still want to bring this dramatic change, I have couple of suggestion for you, and I dare you to follow them.

  • The first in the list is to bring a constitutional change that will forbid any criminal from filing candidacy.
  • The second in the list is to form an agency or body that will audit every politician’s performance and will provide them rating based on the works they accomplished vis-à-vis promises they made during election. This audit should also include the difference between the politicians’ pre-election wealth and the wealth accumulated at the end of the tenure.
  • The third in the list is to include a popularity vote as a criterion. If any candidate fails to swing less then say 60 or may be 50 percent of the voters, he or she should not be given the office.
  • The last change I would dare you to make is to include a “none of these” option in every EVM (electronic voting machine).

I know you cannot hold complicated thoughts, so let me simplify the last one that must be too much encrypted for your juvenile mind. If you include “none of these” as an option, trust me more than 90 percent of votes will go in favour of “none of these”, and many non voters will come out to voice their concern. I will be wasting my words by asking you if you have any intention to bring about these real and concrete changes, so I will not ask you.

One word of wisdom for you: For this I will like to take one leaf out of economics. Make people aware of the cost of not casting his or her vote (opportunity cost) and give them the reason to vote (incentive). Teach them that if they do not come out to vote, wrong people might get elected, but in order to do that, the first thing you need to do is to give tickets to right people. Can you do that?

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The suggestions I have made here will give us the incentive as well as make us aware of the opportunity cost of not casting our votes, and believe me we will vote. We just need a right candidate with a provable track record.