For me, NOTA is not an option howsoever ugly the credentials of the candidates. Yet, I welcome NOTA because it was introduced with the honourable motive of bringing a disillusioned voter to the booth.
I am inspired. I am encouraged. And I am emboldened, enough to present my own manifesto, my promises, knowing fool, er, full well that there is no chance of me getting elected. There is a conspiratorial proviso in the EC fool, hell, rule book that unfairly disallows those who have not fooled… filed their nominations, from contesting.
Politics, the last resort of scoundrels, is not just a notorious arena of foulplay but is also a fertile ground for foul-ups all along, all over. The prevailing pollscape promises to be a pleasant season for bloomers to bloom, with party leaders stumbling and fumbling their way through the dust and din of the hustings.
The cricketing analogy cannot be avoided. Fast bowler Imran tormented India for long with his blistering pace, but Pakistan PM Imran has now been put on the backfoot, beaten and bowled by an impatient India, tired of its tolerance and restraint being taken as a batsman on a weak wicket.
The white snowy landscape of Kashmir has once again become drenched in red as yet another medieval maniac in modern disguise has killed and spilled two score sons of our soil and their blood. That just one motivated madcap can pull off such a planned and precise attack of immense damage proves not just the hostility that India faces but also its poor preparedness.