'...you have felt hopelessly outnumbered by another political phenomenon.
The Great Indian Vote Bank.
This time however, things have quietly changed. Here's how.
Sure, every major political party nurtures its own committed vote bank based on case, religion, language and region.
But since each of them has one, this also makes all of them equal once again.
So what all parties badly need, and fear most, is that the vote that could go either way and tilt the balance. The swing vote. Which is yours.
Because the vote banks may make the numbers but the swing votes decide the majority. In 2004 for instance, the winning margins in Mumbai were as low as 10,000 odd votes.'
The election is decided by the political equivalent of a toss. Come, flip the coin!
Or, worse, vote as the deciding middle-class vote bank, with power totally disproportionate to population (thus denying the majority [the stupid poor in their sin-dripping vote banks] their way?). Do in the poll booth what those tiny parties do in parliament. That you do it without taking a bribe, and that your vote bank is defined by income rather than by creed, caste or language, make all the difference.
By the way, in 2004, the seat was decided by a margin of around 10,000 votes in two of Bombay's six constituencies, North-Central and South. In South-Central, the margin was over 20,000; in North-West and North, they were nearly 50,000; and in North-East, it was nearly a lakh.
PS: Strange, the chattering class gets so idealistic when it comes to voting and so 'realistic' when it comes to paying income tax!