There are many desirable options in life, yet in our curiosity or in our eagerness to be different, we may choose the NOT SO DESIRABLE. That is the LIBERTY that the individual has. This LIBERTY is so precious, that if we do not guard this zealously, this LIBERTY gets chipped away in the guise of a prescription that is stated to be desirable, then slowly as a DUTY and then one is deprived of an option to ignore that and it is IMPOSED AS A COMPULSORY DUTY.
Jug Suraiya, the Columnist, in the TIMES OF INDIA dated 14th October, 2009, has stated that in Maharashtra all the business establishments, educational institutions and retail outlets were forced shut by the various Authorities in Mumbai on the election day, as a measure to enhance the percentage of voting for the state assembly. I am sure that the authorities have intended a DESIRABLE end. They wanted to merely “facilitate”, the common man to vote without being bogged down by his daily duties. What concern in the process of democracy! I get goose bumps. I am very much of the opinion that some psephologist must have told the powers that be that A LOW TURN-OUT WOULD BE FATAL TO YOU, AND A HIGH TURN-OUT WOULD FETCH YOU THE VICTORY. So what to do? Too late to change the law, so use force on one side and purvey an OSTENSIBLY NOBLE REASON for the action.
In effect, i have lost my right to conduct business on the day of polling, lost my right to study on the day of polling, lost my right to LIVELIHOOD, in short. All in the name of DEMOCRACY.
LET US GET THIS ONE STRAIGHT, I AS AN INDIAN HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE, BUT WHETHER I AM GOING FOR VOTING OR GOING FOR MY WORK IS MY LIBERTY. AND NONE SHOULD FORCE ME TO MAKE A CHOICE ON THIS. THE TACIT SUPPORT OF THE RULING GOVERNMENT CANNOT BE RULED OUT IN WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN MAHARASHTRA.
If the Government is so particular about forcing its electorate to vote, it should have taken uop the issue in the assembly and made amendments to the Shop and Establishments Act applicable to that state. It cannot use coercive methods, all in the guise of what is DESIRABLE. It is time we watched the actions of our GOVERNeRS, failing which subterfuges would be used to chip away our LIBERTIES and we find ourselves in th quagmire of slavery!!