A politician asks people to vote via SMS whether they want malls in villages. ‘No way’ — comes their response. 

“What an idea, Sirji,” says a beaming Abhishek Bachchan, appearing as the politician’s tech-savvy secretary in the popular TV campaign for mobile operator Idea Cellular.

‘What an idea’ indeed if people across India can vote for candidates via SMS in the April/May general election.

India is the fastest growing telecom market in the world — why can’t one vote via SMS? 

If I can transfer money or check my bank balance using my mobile phone, is voting-via-SMS impossible?