Anna In America
It is great that Anna is gathering support of NRI's for his anti corruption movement outside India. Leading a parade in New York is also an example in this regard. But the question is how all these efforts will pay dividend in not so far general election which is due next year. It may happen soon also. Anna's movement, if we see correctly, is confined to mostly middle class. And this class has almost minimal role in the democratic process of electing candidates. They always regard Election Day as holiday and confine themselves inside the home or involve in some stupid recreational activities rather than standing in the long queues to cast their valuable votes for a genuine candidate. Their so called aggression is limited to writing on web, liking pages, twitting and lighting candles to support the cause. It is alright to do all these things and nothing wrong in that but, it is also important to do more than that.
Till now, middle class’s participation in the election process was not even consequential when compared to lower classes who take all pain to cast every valuable vote despite adverse weather conditions and other reasons. Voting percentage in lower living condition areas are always higher than in high living condition areas. That’s why major political parties are not even bothered yet and they have started trying to woo their vote bank with all means. Samajwadi Party is already distributing free laptops in Uttar Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chauhan is giving away bicycles in Madhya Pradesh and latest news is UPA government led by congress party is working towards providing free tablet computers to poor students.
What all things denote? In my perspective, awareness for the electoral process is more important to make a drastic change. Lack of motivation in the middle class should be channelized into active participation in the democratic process. Let’s hope for a better future and for that let’s hope for drastic increase in voter percentage in those areas where it is almost negligible.