Thursday 30 April 2009

Come, steal the vote!

We, the chattering class, are more obsessed with voting than babies are with their navels. Somehow, the act of voting will change everything. Today's Lead India ad in The Times of India reflects this: 
'...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.  

Brilliant! Award-winning! 

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!

5 comments:

Maia said...

The last paragraph of your cynical rant proves something I have long suspected - that no amount of statistics can compensate for a real argument.

How stupid intelligent people can sometimes make themselves appear.

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N&P said...

May I hope that the last two terms of endearment (foolish, brilliant), unlike the first two (cynical, ranting), were meant for the ad writer and not the blogger?

What you say is the crux of my post: Agendas and arguments, not numbers and ‘win-ability’, should decide your vote. To let the latter dictate terms turns parliament into a fish market. There is nothing wrong with fish markets of course, but they would probably collapse if run like parliaments (should be but rarely are) and vice versa.