Comments on: What does Mumbai vote for? Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Dara Thu, 15 Oct 2009 13:38:27 +0000 Ganesh,

I agree in general with the gist of your comments. I think we need to at least see the other point of view, of otherwise sensible people, without agreeing with it. Personally I feel once you refuse to vote you have given up any right to expect a change from the system.

The non voters, however, maintain that the Indian politician has brain washed citizens into believing that the only part they play in a democracy is to vote on demand. Thereafter they are lost within a maze. Moreover, time and time again it has been made clear to the electorate that the chattering middle class does not count for anything to the politician in a country which has such great economic disparities. As one person put it, he said all he wanted the politician of today was to define the ‘aam janta’. According to him, he wants to know whether he is right in considering himself to be a part of the ‘aam janta’? The system seems to say if you have a roof over your head, don’t go to bed hungry and have the ability to pay taxes, which the government can spend as it sees fit, you have no right to expect anything more from the system.

I accept the the truth they express, but I still do not see it as a justification not to vote.

By: Ganesh Thu, 15 Oct 2009 10:01:34 +0000 The Mumbai electorate is demonstrating a classic case of urban apathy.

Some think that people have either lost hope in the Mumbai politicians, or like the typical Indian in Mumbai, dont care.

In reality, people in Mumbai think that it is better to have a holiday with family, rather than vote

We Indians are cynical, but the bigger global trend here is that as cities develop, politics and politicians get marginalized and people are focused on other matters of importance.

Mumbai Indian
I am an Indian from Mumbai!

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By: Sunil M S Tue, 13 Oct 2009 18:19:18 +0000 The whole stock market in India had an official trading holiday today, for the simple reason that Maharashtra, read Mumbai, was busy voting. But the first reports indicate that Mumbai was not that busy. Despite the day being a holiday for them, only a half of the voters in Mumbai chose to comeout and vote, against the national average of 66% (Arunachal Pradesh: 70%). Mumbai is the capital of both the Indian commerce and the Indian cinema. Having to stand in a serpentine queue under the scorching sun for hours is the most difficult part of voting. Even I hate it, not to speak of the rich and the beautiful. I’m prompted to ask the authorities a silly question: Why can’t online voting be made possible? In which case, I would compete to be the first to cast vote. There will be thousands of others like me. Nearly everything is possible online, why this, of all things, alone isn’t! Regards, Sunil M S from North Parur.