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   The whole country may be divided into two parts... (October 5, 1991)

The whole country may be divided into two parts: those who talk about elections and those who vote.

Those who talk about the elections are the intelligent ones. They know everything about the elections, which party will get how many seats, who will form the government with whose support, who will be the official opposition, how many rebel candidates will be elected, will Sharad Pawar emerge stronger from the elections or weaker, how long will the government last.

Those who vote are the illiterates. They have nothing to say on the electroal process, they contribute nothing to the general debate, they are not aware that we are the greatest democracy in the world. All they do is get up early on the election morning, stand in a queue, and vote.

Those who talk about the eletions stay in cities, in large apartments, hold important jobs, earn good salaries, plus perks, attend cocktail parties, hwere they drink scotch and Bosca wine and discuss the electoral prospects of various parties and candidates.

Those who vote, live in vilages or in slums in cities, work hard, earn little, drink country liquor, discuss matka betting and freestyle kusti instead of elections.

Those who talk about elections read all the newspapers, India today, Titoo Ahluwalia's polls, Kuldip Nayar's forecasts, see Tavleen Singh in Business Plus interviewing villagers who they will vote for.

Those who vote have not heard of Titoo Ahluwalia of Kuldip Nayar, do not read newspapers (at least not the kind of newspapers that those who talk about elections and do not vote read), see Hindi Film, switch off the TV when the news, comes.

Those who talk about the elections invite candidates to their Rotary Club meetings, ask them intelligent questions, organise debates, write group letters to newspapes, supporting the candidate from Sabarkantha, etc.

Those who vote, the maximum they participate in the electoral process is attend a Rajiv Gandhi meeting if transport in trucks and tempos is provided to them.

On election day, those who talk about elections, normally go out of town, taking advantage of the poll holiday and combining it with the weekend.

And those who vote, just vote, carryng their invalid old mothers on their backs so that they may also vote and leading blind men to polling booths.

Eventually, noth the sides get the government they deserve. Those who have voted for it, accept it. But those who have talked about it and not voted, start complaining.

 
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