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What does it mean to be politically aware?

It starts with the judicious use of your power to vote

We must start by believing in the value of this single most important power vested in us. Many of us are falling in to the trap of believing that our vote means nothing. We disagree. Our disappointment is leading to a downward spiral in our politics. While the educated citizens stay away altogether, elections are being won on the basis of votes being bought or being procured through misleading the significant rest of the people. This in turn is increasing the use of dubious tricks in the process of political campaigning. All this calls for a lot of funds, much of which is ill gotten or illegal. This type of funding in turn is coming from dubious and undesirable elements. Hence this nexus of brute force and unlimited need for funds is leading to a gradual deterioration in the quality of our politicians. It is foolish to believe that a nation that produced political giants like Gandhiji, Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel, Lal Bahadur Shastri and B R Ambedkar, can now produce no more. Our experience shows that there are many capable and conscientious people willing to participate, but they need your help. Hence, you must shed the notion that your vote is not important and go and get yourself registered to vote.

Many others believe that it is better not to vote than to choose between evils. Here too, we disagree.

How many of us research the candidates standing for elections in our area? Are we aware of the credentials of all these candidates?And of these, do we not find even one worthy of our vote?

The fact is that many of us do not even educate ourselves with these facts and are only too glad to believe that all options are futile.

The good news is that it is becoming easier to find this information. There is increasingly more information available online and through other resources on the credentials of people standing for elections. (Ciizens of Mumbai can write to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to know more)

Making a difference really does start with something as simple as exercising your power to vote – intelligently.