Debates on Critical Issues are Missing from Elections
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‘Debates on Critical Issues Missing from Electoral Landscape’

Debates on Critical Issues are Missing from Elections

Ayan Singh, a Btech from VIT, Vellore who will vote for the first time, says citizens must rise above caste or religion when they choose their leaders. His views:

As I prepare to cast my vote for the very first time in the upcoming elections, I find myself deeply disheartened by the prevailing caste and religious politics that dominate the Indian political landscape. It is dismaying to witness both major ruling parties engaging in a relentless pursuit of power, primarily through the exploitation of caste-based and religious sentiments rather than genuine concern for the welfare of citizens like me. Either Parties are doing divisive politics or appeasement politics.

As a young voter entering into the democratic fray, I had hoped to witness substantive debates and policies addressing critical issues such as inflation and the overall economic condition of our nation. However, these concerns seem to be overshadowed by the relentless focus on caste and religious identities, which serve only to polarize our society further.

It is evident to me that neither of the major parties is genuinely interested in addressing the real issues that affect ordinary citizens. Instead, they appear to be preoccupied with employing clever public relations strategies to garner media attention and win votes. The rampant use of caste and religion as tools for political gain is not only disappointing but also detrimental to the progress and unity of our nation.

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As I reflect on the state of affairs, I am convinced that my vote will not be cast in favor of either of these parties. I refuse to contribute to a system that prioritizes narrow political interests over the broader welfare of the populace. My dissatisfaction stems from the realization that our political leaders have failed to rise above their own ambitions and egos to truly prioritize the needs of the people they are meant to serve.

What I yearn for is a political landscape where parties earn their accolades not through media stunts and identity politics but through substantive actions that resonate with the aspirations of the common man. A party’s commendation should emerge organically from the people, signifying genuine efforts toward progress and inclusivity.

As a first-time voter, I urge my fellow citizens to rise above the allure of caste-based and religious politics and demand more from our leaders. We must shift our focus toward issues that truly matter – economic stability, social welfare, and the pursuit of a more equitable society. Our votes wield immense power, and it is imperative that we use them judiciously to propel our nation toward a future that embodies unity, progress, and fairness for all.

I believe that the time has come for us to collectively demand accountability and transparency from our political representatives. Let us strive to move beyond the shackles of caste and religious politics and embrace a vision where the welfare of every citizen takes precedence over partisan interests. This election, I pledge to vote for change – a change that transcends divisions and fosters a brighter future for generations to come.

As told to Deepti Sharma

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Shweta
Shweta
12 days ago

Very well written Ayan, i liked the that instead of going ahead and casting your vote basis on others view point you actually went ahead and did the analysis on your own…India need such bright and young stars for bright future

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