The thought of writing about this came to my mind during a discussion on Raj Thackeray, I had on Facebook with a friend. So how do we vote ? How do we choose the candidate for whom we cast our vote ? I think most of us do us in a way wrong way. When we vote we consider (non) issues such as caste or language or from which region he is or even to which political party he belongs to instead of focusing on issues such as “roti, kapda, makan, bilji, paani, sadak” etc (i.e. food, housing, electricity, water, roads etc). And it because we “support” these non issues, politicians get a chance to make merry.
Take Raj Thackeray’s case – people says he is arrogant, violent, he beats up people on the street and no one does anything. All we do is crib about it amongst ourselves, in online forums and so on. Why does this happen ? Its because of us. Since there are people who support his divisive politics, he does all of this and even gets away with it. I think if people would stop supporting his divisive politics, this will definitely die down.
So when we need to question the candidate, what he has done, what he plans to do if elected, read his manifesto and choose a right candidate we end not doing that. I wonder how many of us even read the candidate’s manifesto ? And how many us do what is shown in the video ?
I guess most of the things that happen because of “politicians”, we have brought upon ourselves, because of the issues we support while we vote and the way we choose our candidates.