It’s voters’ theatre

81.5 crores, or 815 million. What’s the big deal? Indeed, for those jaded by scam numbers like Rs 1.76 lakh crores of spectrum, incalculable lakhs of crores of coal to the latest  Rs 850 crore Rolls Royce kickback, the figure mentioned in line 1 would seem like small change. But we are for a change talking about people. And of course, about the momentous, massive change that those people can usher in. Continue Reading

Confessions of a voter

The ominous 13th of May beckons the players of the Indian Political League. As a photofinish finale to the poll rat-race looms, the TN voter, the last among equals, readies himself to perform his democratic karma. The tiresome trudge to the booth, the endless wait in meandering queues Continue Reading

An account on vote

It is still an ordeal in many parts of India to get to the voting venue, what with weather, distance and goons playing spoil sport. And even if you reach there on the appointed day, it is an even bigger pain to be held up in queues for hours before seeing the insides of the booth for what is increasingly being felt as an utterly useless exercise. Continue Reading

When the voter is voted out!

To be talking of such dull things as Corporation polls during Valentine’s week is not a very romantic idea. But, with no love lost between the vote-lorn politicos and the people they court, the current round of polls even otherwise lacks the familiar lusture of a democratic festival which is what elections are. Continue Reading