Elections in India are nothing less than a celebration. A celebration of democracy. In a country which is popularly divided between the urban and rural areas, the elections see people from all over the nation participating in unison. The run-up to the elections has its share of drama, something that is impossible to ignore. India turns into a carnival of sorts, full of colour, cacophony and mayhem.
While 5 years is the time given to the elected representatives to serve their constituency, one notices a great deal of campaigning just before the polling dates. The cities or rather constituencies are draped in posters with voting plugs. Television news is a battleground and newspapers keep re-reminding you of the reality that you witness every day. Dinner table conversations change to who will form the next government and office lunch chats revolve around the same. There is no escaping, especially since you are an integral part of democracy, the voter.
Nothing short of a celebration, the elections have everybody absorbed. From the layman to the highest authority in the country! At the end of the day, it decides the fate of a nation for the next 5 years. It is rather difficult to be disengaged when everything is about the elections.
With NRIs being allowed to vote, it surely has an additional population of people involved. Who they choose is as crucial as it is for a resident Indian. Nobody would want an unstable government that can’t protect the interests of the citizens.
But only time will tell who will be voted in and whether they will be able to form the next government and deliver on the promises that they have made. Till then, it is rather wise to sit back and enjoy the dance of democracy.
Also, don’t forget to cast your vote!
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