20 October, 2020

The Lost Electorate

Totally blacked out by politicians, the huge young votebank is a disillusioned, disgusted lot

The Lost Electorate
" I am sick of today’s politics. Politicians have no morals or ethics. We have better things to do. Greener pastures await us, while politics gets murkier."—Srinivas Bhandaru, 20, BA (Psychology), Nizam College, Hyderabad.

"Politicians have ruined this state. Boys like me are given false hopes every election. The Army should take over the entire administration." —Bhaben Sarma, late-twenties, temporary peon at Guwahati, from Barama in ULFA-dominated Nalbari district, Assam.

"Father says only married women can vote. I am unmarried, I won’t vote. Tell me, what’ll happen if I vote? My brothers vote, nothing happens." —Rampyari Baoriya, 19, Sherpur in Dahni, Rajasthan.

These are voices from a lost constituency. Apathetic, alienated, angry soundbytes from a shamelessly ignored vote-bank comprising over 20 crore young Indian citizens. Yes, today one among every four voters, conservative calculations reveal, is between age 18 and 30. And this huge young electorate is hugely disenchanted, disillusioned and disgusted with...



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