Dear people, before you do anything else today, please make this a priority, and register to vote. Do it as soon as you are done reading this editorial. Do it not just for yourself, but also for your family, and our collective future.
Early in the morning today, I received this forwarded WhatsApp message
Salt -VS- Rice…
If you were to cook 3 cups of rice, would you add 3 cups of salt to it?
So, in every preparation of rice, the rice always outnumbers the salt, yet a little salt makes a huge difference/impact in the overall outcome.
In the room in which you currently are, look up at the ceiling…
What is the size of the bulb compared to the size of the room? It is probably a ratio of 1:5000.
Yet, darkness flees the entire space once the small bulb is flipped on.
If I am the salt of the earth, and the light of the world, then “little me” has the ability to make big things happen..
Sometimes, because we feel outnumbered or overwhelmed at the sheer magnitude of evil or wrong-doers, we then choose powerlessness, and decide to go with the flow, not standing up for what we believe is right.
Little doesn’t mean insignificant.
You are significant. Your presence should make a BIG difference. Stop waiting to be on the side of the majority. They may be the majority, but they are the trivial majority, and you are the impactful minority.
They are the rice of the world, and you are the salt of the world..
They are the room and you are the light.
Make your influence felt!
You are the world’s seasoning, to make it beautiful…
When I read the message, I could relate the words to the predicament facing our Gorkha community. We are indeed a micro-minority community, which has time and again been denied what is rightfully ours. We have been vilified, humiliated and treated like a second class citizen. But, we have endured and we have persisted. We are indeed like the seasoning, and we have the power to either make the food taste good, or ruin it completely.
Ballot Over Bullet
The very essence of democracy lies in the fact that the ballot will always prevail over bullet, for our constitution gives us the right to elect who will run our country us for the next five years. No matter how mighty or powerful, or invincible one may seem, fact of the matter is, we – the people have a right to kick out those, who are not worthy of running the affairs of our country, and bringing to power those, whose policies and outlook will take our nation to a higher pedestal of growth, equality and justice. Our democracy will only remain and robust, if we exercise our right to vote. So please register yourself to vote
1st Step: Check if your name features in the electoral list or not
- The first thing you need to do is ascertain if you name is there in the electoral list or not. You can simply do so by visiting this link and filling out the details: https://www.nvsp.in/
Just fill in your details on the space shown below, and see if you are registered or not.
- If your name and details are not correct, you can do so by filling up this form: https://www.nvsp.in/Forms/Forms/form8?lang=en-GB
- If you have moved to a new address, within your original Assembly constituency, you can update your address by filling up this form: https://www.nvsp.in/Forms/Forms/form8a?lang=en-GB
- If you are a new voter (first time voters included), or if you have changed your address, due to work or other reasons and are not based out of your original Assembly constituency, you can register to vote in your local area, by filling up this form: https://www.nvsp.in/Forms/Forms/form6?lang=en-GB
- If you are living outside India, and haven’t taken up citizenship of another country, you can still register to vote, by filling up this form: https://www.nvsp.in/Forms/Forms/form6a?lang=en-GB
As the general elections come near, it is time to update you on the electoral list. Have you yet, registered yourself to vote? If not, please do so immediately.
We have a request from our team members to all our readers, especially our youth, many of whom may be voting for the first time.
Please register yourself to vote, and more importantly make your vote count.
There are a few people who are already urging our people to press the NOTA button and their concerns are legitimate. For we have time and again been duped by politicians and political parties. However, in a democracy the only way you can make your voices heard is by making your stand clear.
When you vote for NOTA all you are doing is saying, I don’t like any of the above and that doesn’t change anything.
Say if the election are to be decided by 100 votes and there are only two candidates, and 40 votes are cast in favour of NOTA, 31 in favour of candidate A and 29 in favour of candidate B, candidate A will win the election, despite the fact that 40 voted for NOTA it doesn’t affect the final outcome. There is no provision for calling for a re-election even if majority vote for NOTA.
Let’s take it to an extreme and see what happens: even if 97 people vote for NOTA, 2 people vote for Candidate A and 1 individual vote’s for Candidate B, candidate A still wins the election.
Voting for NOTA will help you make a statement, however it won’t change the election outcome.
So if you want to see change, make your vote count instead of pressing the NOTA button.
As the popular adage goes, “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything,” hence our request, instead of being a rebel without a cause, have a cause and make your stand.
You can vote for JAP, CPRM, TMC, GJM, GRC, CPIM, Congress, BJP or even independents, the choice is yours, but please vote… vote for something!!
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