Reality Check India

No suitable candidate ?

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on April 26, 2009

Of late, the media has given extensive airtime to youngsters venting out their “there is no suitable candidate” views.

Here is our advice to these youngsters.

Here is the question you are asked to answer.

Which one is better

Which one is better ?

The better of the two is still not going to be perfect. The next time around, the choices offered will be probably better.  Do not walk away from making a choice. You will remain with defective vision and the choices will be poorer next time.

Remember that there is no default choice in the absence of a perfect choice.

Do not get carried away with American and other western blogs bemoaning the ‘lesser of the two evils’ nature of their elections.  Iterating the lesser of two evils is the foundation of their democracies. It got them to this point where they can dare question its continued usefulness. It is easy for them because the basics such as equality, justice, and the relevance of public services have been iterated upon. Obama or McCain, they will still drink water out of a kitchen tap.

We need a few iterations to get anywhere near that point.

We need to start from scratch.

Vote on issues that impact you visibly, not which have mere emotive appeal.

Factor in your own assessment of the trustworthiness and evenhandedness of the media while evaluating the  emotive issues they brought to your notice.

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  1. B Shantanu said, on April 26, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Brilliant, RC!

    I am linking this to a guest post on my blog:
    http://satyameva-jayate.org/2009/04/14/none-of-the-above/

  2. Barbarindian said, on April 26, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Heh, they tried a rather novel technique this election season – first created widespread disillusionment with the election process so people don’t feel like voting then the minority religious institutions etc. went on overdrive to urge people to vote. I believe the church even issued a ten commandments for voting.

  3. Incognito said, on April 27, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Very Good.

  4. […] You must choose among the evils before you. There is nothing to be ashamed of. This is how the system is supposed to work. […]

  5. Revathi said, on May 5, 2009 at 9:58 am

    A very good article. I hope it will motivate people to make a wise choice. I hear that many heavyweights may bite the dust this time. Shows that people still care.


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