Suffrage

When I woke up on Thursday, and looked out of the window, I was greeted by nature, not by its beauties, but by its extremity, what with the blazing sun beating down mercilessly upon the people of this land, who, despite their many great deeds, have been reduced to puny creatures, helpless in their plight from the Sol and its fiery self. Well, I knew I could do but nothing to ease the misery of myself and my fellow earthlings in this regard, but something was there which I had in my capacity to have a part in. 

This was the day I would exercise my right of adult suffrage for the first time. Cliched as it might sound, I can safely say that few days have come in my life when I was more excited than then. This exuberant excitement of mine, though, was not as obvious as it sounds, partly because I did not like the agenda of most parties in the fray, but more importantly because I knew nothing about the people who had registered themselves as candidates in my constituency. Well, there wasn't much I could do about the former, so I set down to correct the latter shortcoming. This, I thought was my chance to practise what I have preached for long, that for any election, vote for the candidate, not the party, since time has shown that who sits at the Centre matters much less to the common citizen than who sits at the local MP seat, since most issues which concern us in everyday life has less to do with things like foreign policy and more to do with things like local infrastructure and security and the like. 

So my decade long friend, the world wide web, no less, joined me in my quest for knowledge. First in the list was our sitting MP, Shri Rupchand Pal[CPI(M)]. On Googling him, I was pleasantly surprised to see a wikipedia entry. My happiness, was rather shortlived however, when the only information it seemed to offer was that he was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha. The other results of any relevance whatsoever seemed to point to various lists of candidates offered in sites by self appointed election evangelists(sounds raw, eughh, but who cares?). With luck worsening on two more candidates and their encouragingly informative search results, I lost all hope of making an intelligent decision and decided on voting for any damn guy who would catch my eye on the EVM panel. Thus ended my quest for proper and intelligent exercising of my democratic right, what with my delving into Gmail chat on one end and IRC on the other the moment I was done. Guess understanding politics and the way of politicians is not my cup of tea.

Fact remains however, that I was disappointed by the bleak online presence of our elected representatives (for example, Googling "kknundy" threw up 48 relevant results last time I checked, and I am nobody).

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