What a shame for Indian Democracy? !!! According to News reports, Tamil Nadu Election Commission is trying to rope in Film Actor Mr. Rajni Kanth, and others, to motivate Tamil Nadu voters to vote in 2016 Tamil Nadu State Elections. According to Indian History and Freedom Movement, First Elections to the Erstwhile United Madras State Assembly's Elections were held in 1937. That means we have nearly 79 years of history of modern elections. Besides, Tamil Nadu has great historical background of Local Self Governments in Villages, during the Chola Period, circa 10th 13th Centuries C.E.
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With such great past golden history of Democracy, why should Tamil Nadu voters need prodding by Film Stars, to participate in voting? There is something wrong with Indian Democracy, and within it, the Tamil Nadu Democracy.
Why educated voters are avoiding Poling Stations, like the Police Stations? This is, in spite of, the State and Central Governments declaring the Polling Day as a Public Holiday. Educated voters may have a higher level of wants, when compared to the Illiterate and Semi-literate voters who may be satisfied with a biriyani packet, a wine bottle, and some 1500 bucks, for each family member. In the last elections to Tamil Nadu Assembly, Parties promised electronic gadgets like Color Televisions. This time also, definitely, the Parties will come up with something or other, overtly or covertly.
May be Tamil Nadu voters are totally disenchanted with the two dominating Regional Parties A.I.D.M.K. of Jayalalithaa, and the D.M.K. of Karunanithi. Then, it becomes, all the more highly important for voters, to search for worthy independent candidates and support them. Though the independents may not win in 2016 itself, at least they will get enough courage and inspiration to contest again in 2021.
SUPREME COURT'S UNWILLINGNESS TO ADVISE ELECTION COMMISSION TO VERIFY THE ASSETS OF RICH CONTESTANTS
It is a well-established fact that Poor persons are unable to contest in Assembly and Parliament Elections, as they cannot afford to bear the expenditure.
Retired DGP Julio Riberio and 13 other eminent persons filed a PIL Writ Petition in Supreme Court to instruct the Election Commission to verify the assets declared by Winning Candidates and the next three top Candidates.
Supreme Court declined to intervene. For those Readers who wish to read this, (Click to go to) Business-Standard . Some observations of the Supreme Court, in this decision, are given below:-
"...If we ask the Election Commission to verify the assets of the contesting candidates running into crores of rupees, it will submerge the Election Commission into doing these verifications only and (it) will not be able to do any other thing...".
"...Verification is a cumbersome process, say of a candidate disclosing possessing assets worth Rs.300 crores. What purpose it will serve? How it will restore parity between rich and the common man? ..."
"...You want rich men be excluded from contesting election so that common man gets a chance. ..."
"...How a common man gets disabled from contesting election (if rich is in the fray). How a common man is enabled if rich man is ousted from contesting election. ..."
ybrao-a-donkey's humble comments. वैबीराव एक गधे के विनम्र राय . వైబీరావ్ గాడిద వినమ్ర వాణి. You have every right to differ with me. I respect your right. आपको मेरे मत से भिन्न राय रखने के संपूर्ण हक है। मै उस अधिकार को परिपूर्ण रूप से गौरव देता हुँ. మీకు, మీ భిన్నమైన అభిప్రాయాన్ని కలిగిఉండే సంపూర్ణ హక్కు ఉంది. దానిని ఎంతో నేను గౌరవిస్తాను. However, pl. examine this donkey's views also. परन्तु एस गधे के दृष्टिकोण को भी अनुशीलन कीजिये. కానీ ఈ గాడిద దృష్టికోణాన్ని కూడ ఓర చూపుతో కంటజూడుమీ, క్రీగంట జూడమీ.
The problem is with the voters. The voters have to enable the common man to contest in elections. Even if the voters do not contribute moneys to the Election Campaigns of worthy common-persons (at least partly it is happening in United States, in the case of the Democratic Party Aspirant Mr. Bernie Sanders), Indian voters can give moral courage to the common-person candidates. For example, they can ascertain the postal address of the common-person candidate, and send him-her a post card, that they are examining his-her candidature. This will not cost them much. Just Rs.0.50 Fifty Paise, less than one centg in U.S. Dollar terms. It will also give the voters some hand-writing practice, which they are lacking, after the advent of Televisions, and mobile phones. They should not expect the candidate to come to their villages in Open Jeeps, waving hands, with biriyani packets.
Indian voters seem to think like "GREAT" Swami Vivekananda. Like Vivekananda, they seem to trust rich persons. Indian elections show that Indian voters trust rich candidates who are big industrialists, Merchants, Doctors owning millions of bucks, hundreds of acres of land, factories, shopping complexes, Liquor shops.
Vivekananda wrote to Swami Akhandananda from London on the 13th November 1895.
"... Whenever you hear of any householder collecting funds in my or our name on the plea of erecting a Math, or some such thing, the first thing you should do is to distrust him, and never set your hand to it. The more so, as householders of poor means take to various tricks to supply their wants. Therefore, if ever a trusty devotee or a householder with a heart, being of affluent circumstances, undertakes such works as the founding of a Math, or if the funds raised be kept in the custody of a trusty householder of wealth — well and good, otherwise never have a hand in it. ... "
Wealthy Householders are trustworthy ! This is the path shown by our Role Model Swami Vivekananda. Hence, poor voters of India, vote for Rich Candidates !!!
I hope our Great Orator on Swami Vivekananda, Shri V.V. Lakshmi Naarayana garu, the Former CBI Joint Director, and the present A.D.G.P. of Maharashtra Police will read this quote of Swami Vivekananda.
I owe apologies to my readers at least for one reason- blaming Swami Vivekananda, quite often, quoting something or other written by him. I have tried to emerge out of this obsessive entanglement, and am still trying. The problem is even if I want to forget, our India will not allow me to forget. For example, only day before yesterday, a Flyover under Construction "Vivekananda Flyover" in Kolkata, collapsed. Thus, Swami Vivekananda's name is ubiquitous, all pervading, like Lord Vishnu (VishNu = all-pervading, omnipresent= Sarva vyApi NArAyana). My kulaguru is HiraNya kasipu.