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Why should Mumbai vote?
Shilpa Attavar | 02 May 2009

The year 2008 saw many catastrophic events, the most fateful one being the terror attack on Mumbai. 26/11 is a day, which none in India will forget. Meanwhile, elections are on; but in such a situation, the question arises, ?Why should Mumbai vote??

MUMBAI IS a resilient city, which tackles terror in a fearless manner. But with the upcoming elections, I wonder who Mumbaikars should vote for, and why? Should they vote for Raj Thackeray, who had sought shelter when ‘his’ Mumbai was attacked? Or should Mumbai vote for the politician who made comments like, “Ladies with lipstick come out to protest”?
 
Raj Thackeray’s constant hatred towards, and attack on, the North Indians, suggests that he does not need any Non-Marathi votes. Or does he? After all, why should a Non-Marathi person vote for a Marathi government? I wonder how on earth will the politicians of the Shiv Sena gather enough courage to ask Non-Marathi people to vote for them.
 
However, politicians are smart players. They are experts at the games they play. Votes are something they live on, and will not mind stooping down to any level to get them.
 
The sad part is that violence on communal grounds is increasing day by day. Varun Gandhi seems to be following in Raj Thackeray’s footsteps. If on the one hand Thackeray can’t stand Non-Maharashtrians, Varun on the other gives speeches on communal divide. Are we once again adopting the policy of ‘Divide and Rule’?
 
There are many first time voters in these elections, but our politicians have indeed disappointed them all. Voting is a right, which, I believe each one of us is entitled to. But with such politicians, we are left with no choice but to consider it as our ‘duty’, and fulfil it. Blaming the opposition parties, and finding faults in them, is all that the various parties are good at.
 
Each party has its own manifesto which comprises a number of promises – fake ones of course. In a recent television debate, I witnessed candidates from the BJP, the Congress, and the Shiv Sena, fighting their way out and blaming each other for showing false dreams to the public. They hardly understand that actions speak louder than words.
 
These elections will also pass, as have others before them. If change has to come, we, the common people of India, have to strive for it. Being a Mumbaikar myself, it was indeed sad to see this wonderful city being tortured in such a ruthless manner, and this has created in me the urge to do something about it. What about you?