I am writing on a digital platform after a long time after bidding adieu to Facebook, and at this point in time, I only write case briefs on Twitter due to word constraints. Being a student of the prestigious Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur, where student-body elections for the formation of Student Bar Association were held on February 7, this article has been written to tell my inner conscience (not for any other person) what I should do in these elections, the first of a kind for me, wherein I can vote as well as contest. There was 24 hours of high fever, but one needs to understand and listen to all but do what your conscience tells you.
I shall start with a very famous quote by Plato. “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” I have heard a lot of my friends and seniors saying that a lot of students do not go to vote because either they prefer sleeping, or go to their home town, or are not interested in politics, or just want to portray their neutral face by voting for none to maintain a healthy friendship with everyone.
They have clearly forgotten the fact that someone in the past must have struggled to give them this voting right and some other people in colleges are struggling hard to get these voting rights. And, just because you are not interested in politics, doesn’t mean that politics will not take interest in you. It might also be possible that by voting none, all the candidates might end up losing interest in you, and you end up ruining your friendship with all, contrary to what you had expected.
The next question is who to vote for. When it comes to the national politics, we start blaming politicians for encouraging dynasty politics. We blame them for encouraging voters to vote on the basis of religion, caste, region, sex, family and a lot of other things. We sometimes ask for their poll promises to be made legally binding. We ask for a better election manifesto and agenda. Should we really not see such measurement criteria in our elections?
The least we could do is to ask candidates, why should they be voted, and not anyone else? The foremost reason to vote for someone is the level of friendship shared one, as compared to other candidates. Is it not the same as nepotism and dynasty politics, for which we leave no stone unturned to criticise? Please practice what you preach, no?
Again, the recent developments in Rajasthan had caused a debate on whether educational qualification should be a criterion to fight elections or not. What should we do in our case? Should we really vote for the most educated or the most qualified person? Absolutely not! Instead, we need to vote for someone who has the vision to do something in the future. We need to vote for someone who plans to make the system better. A person who has never played a single game can be a good coach of that game. So, the leadership requirement is definitely not the best player of the game. Sachin Tendulkar is considered the God of cricket, but on an equal pedestal, his captainship quality is not equally appreciated.
One more question that must be asked to candidates is – “What motivated them to contest elections?” One of the main reason could be to flourish one’s leadership qualities, that could be helpful in the future. That is a great reason. But, one of the main reasons as to why these elections are being conducted at this point of time is, perhaps because of the forwarded applications to the vice-chancellor, that blamed the irreparable charges of nepotism and corruption on the present students’ association.
After spending whatever time I did at HNLU, I am very positive about the present SBA. I am a huge fan of everyone I have met till now. Of course, there is a possibility that I may not know the other side of the story. The onus is on the candidates fighting this election, to prove how they are planning to keep the next student body bereft of nepotism and corruption.
After all, it’s all about favouritism and polarisation, rather than any other parameter in national politics, which play the role of influencers. Yesterday, I was having a conversation with one of my senior and he explained me as to how there was a huge scope for corruption and autocracy by the SBA body. Then, in another conversation with one of my friends, he pointed out that all the students here belong to a well-to-do family and they will not be corrupt. I could not stop myself from recalling a famous line from the movie named BUDDHA IN A TRAFFIC JAM that “the only persons who have not been involved in corruption activities are the poor people because they have not got the opportunity to be corrupt.”
When I recall some of the names involved in 2G scam, CWG scam, COAL scam, etc., I hardly get any poor person’s name dragged in such scams. And, one of the most important quotes we hear in legal circuit is that “JUSTICE SHOULD NOT ONLY BE DONE BUT ALSO SEEM TO BE DONE.” This was the time we could have ensured that necessary steps are taken to keep the system transparent and strict but alas, we are in the habit of blaming and complaining which we will do in the future because POWER CORRUPTS and this quote is for all.
One of the main reasons I feel that someone wants to win this election is that they want to add something to their CV. And, that is absolutely fine according to me but when it comes to voters, they need to think that they should give votes for the benefit of the common masses rather than the benefit of candidates. A person very proudly states in his CV and on his collar that he is the convener/ vice-convener/ class representative of such and such body hiding the gross failure of the responsibilities and hopes put on his shoulder by so many young minds.
One more question that comes to my mind is that what happens if the present SBA that has been accused of some charges that might be false get replaced by another set of people in SBA? And, this question can only be answered by asking another set of question that WHAT CHANGED FOR THE BETTER IN HNLU AFTER VC’S DEPARTURE?
Keeping my article short because the university is grappling with a lot of issues including the mess food at one of the topmost priority and no one caring about it and a lot of other problems that are self-evident and the priorities perhaps changed for the elected body, I urge my inner conscience to go and vote for the person who can bring a change in the existing system for the better, who can come with some of the promises to be kept and who can be relied upon. I am not fighting this election but the least I could benefit is to improve my writing skills at least to have some commentaries on it for a further improvement. Your criticisms on this article are most welcome. Thanks.