If you want things to change, then be the change!: Randeep Hooda

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 7:20am IST Updated: Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - 6:39pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Randeep Hooda explains why it inhuman not to vote

What can an individual do to affect the 'whole'? How can my thoughts and views about a better neighbourhood, a better community or a better nation matter? I'm but just one person in a nation of a billion. It wouldn't matter if I don't vote because many others are doing so anyway. These are the very thoughts that make many of us not turn up, when the time comes, to make a choice for the future. What if everyone starts thinking the same?

The very essence of democracy is having a ruling body that is by the people, of the people and for the people. 'People' is a collective of individuals inclusive of you and me and not an entity by itself. It is our responsibility to each one us by each one of us. And we are all by basic human nature social community dwelling entities. Then I think its almost inhuman to not vote in a democracy, especially like ours.

Don't buy this intellectual argument? Here is a simpler one. If you don't exercise your right and duty (yes it is duty to yourself and your family) to vote then you have no right to crib about the state of affairs of things around you. If you want things to change then be the change. Start now. Stop being a witness, be a participant. Vote.

—As told to Upala KBR


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