Another stunt in democracy

@loudcry (1044)
India
March 24, 2010 7:55am CST
BANGALORE: In an effort ostensibly aimed at encouraging the urban electorate to exercise their franchise, the managements of over 800 private schools have decided to dole out extra marks in project work to students whose parents vote in the upcoming elections to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). Full article at http://www.hindu.com/2010/03/24/stories/2010032458470100.htm This move is flawed for so many reasons. One, it is unfair to punish or reward students for the deeds of their parents. Two,the right NOT to cote also is an inherent aspect of democracy. What do you think?
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@vipinl (802)
• India
25 Mar 10
There should be something to do with the people who don't vote rather than there kids.. who don't know about vote or its importance in democracy. Some kind of benefit for those who vote would be better policy then punishment to those who don't. Or better is leave the people alone who don't want to vote as one who don't know the importance of determining who is going to run there nation, would not have enough know how who to choose whom not to.. so better leave them alone, there opinions hardly matters and may they will for sure choose wrong one's if gone to vote as well..
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• India
26 Mar 10
I find you contradicting yourself. Any way, those who do not vote are not necessarily the people who do not understand the importance of voting. The kids in private schools will have parents from middle class and upper middle class, they are literate , but slightly less responsible citizens. It is an attempt to make them more responsible.
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@vipinl (802)
• India
26 Mar 10
What you find contradictory in that? If you can highlight.. And why the hell the people who knows importance of voting quit it? The people who will go to vote for fear of there kids getting less marks.. will vote just for sake of voting not choosing the right candidates. And what a school going child has to do whether his guardians vote or not.. they can for sure find better ways than involving the kids into all that.
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• India
27 Mar 10
First you suggest that there should be an incentive to vote and then you suggeat that they should rather be left alone, i was talking about this contradiction. When you don't chose any devil, the devil choses itself, so by going and voting we may chose a lesser devil. The middle class does not vote because it is lazy. Others who vote do for money and booze. The schools have given the kids a project and the marks being awarded are also in project and skills. My initial reaponse can be referred to here.
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• India
25 Mar 10
Just goes to show how we Indians are obsessed with beating round the bush rather than taking the bull by its horns. Not wanting to vote is rapidly spreading among the urban literate and working class for many reasons which I don’t think can be discussed here at length. Simply speaking, I too don’t vote coz I feel that not only is it a waste of time but it also means that I’m exercising my right just by a token gesture when my mind is not into it. You hear in the papers and in the media that we, the ordinary citizens, are just passing on the buck…that we need to stand up and start to make the change ourselves! Oh really? Is that why we pay taxes to maintain this huge corrupt bureaucracy and its equally corrupt and sycophant political masters? Tell me honestly, which middle class hard working parent would want their child to take up politics as a profession? And here they are trying all sorts of gimmicks to force people to vote when its very clear that people do not want to vote as they know that their votes will make no changes whatsoever. Only if ever all our political leader, irrespective of the millions of parties, come together and decide on weeding our corruption, that we will see people coming out to vote spontaneously.
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• India
26 Mar 10
Drops of water make an ocean. Each individual has to participate and create the wisdom of the crowd. All the evils which you speak of may not disappear but will probably have better checks and balances when we participate in democracy.
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@loudcry (1044)
• India
28 Mar 10
I ought to do little we can to better this country. Democracy does not have any inherent virtues. It has to be improved with the help of an involved citizenry.
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@harshadod (858)
• India
25 Mar 10
Democracy is always a stunt. It has evolved over a period of time to ensure a decent social fabric and indirectly ensure the collective good of the many. It is the best 'devil' of the lot. The previous response by sudipta, brings the flaws inherent and i would argue that precisely for the same reason we should vote. That we do not exercise our vote and as a result are more responsible for the ills. Whether it is correct for private schools to award marks for their parents casting a vote? They are giving marks in the category of projects and skills, also this is not applicable for standard tenth students. I think this is a brilliant idea. The children are being indirectly taught civics and responsible citizenship. Parents react to children much better than anything else. We all need incentives to act, and having no immediate result or fruit to vote, 'we' all do not go and vote. By voting if i ensure a better present and an even better future, those marks have in reality ensured a better future. I doubt whether 'other marks' are capable of that. We all must have collected donations, sold UNICEF greeting cards, etc in school, this is motivating the parents to vote. This is a skill needed for this particular project. The right not to vote still exists, you can explain to your kid that few marks less in that category means no harm and explain the basic of 'right not to vote'.
@loudcry (1044)
• India
28 Mar 10
I do not wish to say that people should not vote or that voting is not important. Its just the coersiveness of this move that is disturbing. Moreover, mere voting will not help much. Making our leaders accountable and voicing one opinion is important in a democracy.
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• India
29 Mar 10
Voting is the first step, also one way of making our leaders accountable. Yes, i agree we need to do more than just voting.