Four ways 2018 Karnataka elections is nothing about its people

2018 Karnataka elections are due this month and like many other young voters, I am extremely under-enthused to participate. A student of political science, I have been following the proceeds carefully and there is one thing (and only one thing) that stands out, the contenders do not give a squat for their citizens/ voters. Gone are the days of “government for the people,” and “government of the people.” The only thing that these guys want is to win the elections and they want to win it at any cost. The fact that these political contenders have no plan whatsoever (after they win the elections) for the future of this state is not only scary but also extremely disappointing. Adding to that, we watch the news where petty issues like the past crimes or caste are raised, over the essential issues like urban migration, water scarcity or youth employment. Here are 4 reasons/concerns that frustrate an average voter:

Loan Waivers are not an impressive promise: the farmers may be poor but it is not right to assume that the promises of loan waivers will help their cause. Yes, they will widely accept this because it is convenient to them but this is not addressing the larger problem and all of us know it. There is a water problem in the state, there is lack of modern technology for agriculture, and we are also not encouraging many youth to take up farming for a profession. These bound to create a multitude of problems in the coming years.

Not addressing the youth vote base: Indian demography clearly hints at a large youth population and none of the contenders speak of them. Yes, we may be invisible but we also are not foolish (at least some of us.) With a large youth population, comes the need for employment and opportunities for self-improvement. There also is a large gap in the education given and the changing times. The youth have access to all the information in the world and there are myriad issues that need to be dealt with.

Population distribution and Urban Needs: Bengaluru is over-crowded. It literally is a “Jam.” Hundreds of people move into the city every day. It is unfair to burden our politicians with our expectations of dealing with it, but the main concern is the civic management part of it. Every second road is a main road and all roads have houses congested like jungles. Building licenses are given away like toffees, they are taller than normal, metro lines and bridges pass right beside peoples’ washrooms, drinking water mixes with drain water, and these are only few of the numerous problems that the urban population is facing.

No, we are not interested in watching childish arguments on national television: Already there are a good number of reasons for us to lose hope in our leaders, adding cherry to this cake is the constant relay of X man talking about Y man’s past failures or X man boasting of his own, unhelpful achievement made in some corner of his constituency or Y man revealing X man’s flaws, which by the way everybody knows! But somehow it is supposed to get those votes… which apparently are the only thing that matters.

As someone who is extremely frustrated with the state situation, would wish to say just one thing, we the citizens who work hard for every meal we eat, may be power-less but we are aware of what happens around us. Powerless and voiceless does not mean we are brainless! It does not matter to us if X man or Y man comes to power, what matters the most is our problems that are crying to be addressed.

Harini Madhusudan

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