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India is going to polls this month.Some facts.


1. 714 million voters.
2. Increase of 43 million over the 2004 election.
3. Rupees 1,120 Crores (176 Million €) was budgeted for election expenses.
4. There are 1,368,430 voting machines available across the country.
4. There are 828,804 polling stations in the country.


Just think how big is India.
 
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ramesh maredu wrote:India is going to polls this month.Some facts.

1. 714 million voters.
2. Increase of 43 million over the 2004 election.
3. Rupees 1,120 Crores (176 Million €) was budgeted for election expenses.
4. There are 1,368,430 voting machines available across the country.
4. There are 828,804 polling stations in the country.


some more..
5)Chicken masala and liquor is being distributed in many constituencies on week ends.
6)Rs 100/500 currencies being distributed to voters.
7)Lot of black money is being circulated for campagning.
8)Many politicians have withdrawn money from Swiss Bank for campaigning.
 
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Rabri Devi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabri_Devi
 
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Welcome to the stone age !! Here are the key "promises" made by Samajwadi Party's Poll Manifesto:
•Put a ban on English Medium Education.
•Remove English language as a medium from all offices and education institutions
•Remove all computers from offices and institutes.
•Ban the use of machinery in agriculture. Tractors will be replaced by bullock carts.
•NO to share trading and stock market operations.
•Take actions against high corporate salaries.
•Mall culture will be stopped.
•All English medium schools, providing expensive education, will be abolished.
•Welfare schemes for lawyers and the business community
Source
 
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Chetan Parekh wrote:Rabri Devi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabri_Devi



What is she doing Rabri?
 
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[ UD: Please remember that "Be Nice" applies to everybody, including people who are not nembers of JavaRanch. ]
 
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This great country(India), with thousands of years history and great culture is ruled by stupid, selfish, ugly minded politicians.

Hope things will change.


at least i can see some hope in andhra pradesh state http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lok_Satta_(party)
 
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What to do to recover from these politicians?
 
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Structures that were built long before 500 years still exist in India. But now, the structures built by government doesn't stand at least till the death of the politician who laid the stone for that structure

 
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Ananth Chellathurai wrote:What to do to recover from these politicians?


Get into Politics and try to clean them OR at least vote those who are educated, don't ask vote on Hinduism/religions and Do not vote criminals..
 
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Everybody talks about the pitiful state of our country hardly realizing we ourselves are to blame for it.
You want to do a service to your country? On election day, stop being lazy, get to the polling station and vote.
Until the middle class throws away its apathy, we will continue seeing crooks and idiots in Parliament.
 
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@Maneesh:
well said!!

 
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@Maneesh G.
btw, at 11:45 a.m you sobered up pretty fast!
 
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Interesting:
ballot for single person
 
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I thought the worlds largest democracies would be either USA (by economy) or Australia (by area)
 
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David O'Meara wrote:I thought the worlds largest democracies would be either USA (by economy) or Australia (by area)



India is most crowded democracy.


 
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I thought the worlds largest democracies would be either USA (by economy) or Australia (by area)


You Australians. Canada and Brazil don't count as democracies in your book?
 
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Ulf Dittmer wrote:

I thought the worlds largest democracies would be either USA (by economy) or Australia (by area)


You Australians. Canada and Brazil don't count as democracies in your book?



 
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Ulf Dittmer wrote:

I thought the worlds largest democracies would be either USA (by economy) or Australia (by area)


You Australians. Canada and Brazil don't count as democracies in your book?


I think it's not that - he's counting Australia's claims in Antarctica. Otherwise the US is larger by area too.
 
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Mike Simmons wrote:he's counting Australia's claims in Antarctica.


Oh darn. Were we supposed to lodge our claims by now? I had set my eyes on a nice 12 acre plot on the Larsen ice shelf, to grow vegetables or maybe open a cafe. Is it too late?
 
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Maneesh Godbole wrote:Everybody talks about the pitiful state of our country hardly realizing we ourselves are to blame for it.
You want to do a service to your country? On election day, stop being lazy, get to the polling station and vote.
Until the middle class throws away its apathy, we will continue seeing crooks and idiots in Parliament.


But we do vote. Its just that the pool of people running for office aren't exactly much to choose from. Most of them have either a proven track record of corruption or a stellar record of not doing anything at all when they do come to power. A handful - I hear, also have criminal charges pending against them. Lets face it, the overwhelming majority of these candidates are in it purely for the pot of gold that they will get their hands on once in power. At the most what the middle class can do is carefully analyze who is the lesser of the two scumbags and less likely to screw us over and lend their full support to that candidate. Voting won't change much I'm afraid.
 
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On one of the technical lists I follow on Nabble (the JCIFS list) I just got a spam e-mail from support@loksattaparty.com, urging me to vote for (guess what) the Lok Satta party. They claim to be opposed to corruption but apparently spamming random e-mail lists doesn't count as corruption.
 
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Mike Simmons wrote:

Ulf Dittmer wrote:

I thought the worlds largest democracies would be either USA (by economy) or Australia (by area)


You Australians. Canada and Brazil don't count as democracies in your book?


I think it's not that - he's counting Australia's claims in Antarctica. Otherwise the US is larger by area too.


But Russia is a democracy now, isn't it? I mean, they get to go to the polls and vote for people from different parties, at least. So that would make Russia the world's largest democracy by area. (And Canada second.)
 
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Sure - I wasn't trying to give a list, or say that the US was biggest. But the US was the only other country DOM had mentioned as a democracy - my point was that even if DOM doesn't think Canada, Venezuela, or Russia are democracies, he's already acknowledged the US as one. But his claim about Australia still wouldn't make sense unless he was counting the Antarctic territory. Whereas with that territory, Oz is bigger even than Russia. For now. ;)
 
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somewhere I read that, you can vote to "None of the above". If "None of the above" receives more votes than others, the election can be cancelled or something like that..

I never had a chance to vote in india.. pretty sad..
 
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Ram kovis wrote:somewhere I read that, you can vote to "None of the above".


Yes, I too heard the same, but people told me to never do that, they said, if you went to the polling booth and found no one is suitable to vote, you can contact the poll booth incharge, asking that you want to vote to "No Suitable Candidate", and for that you need to fill up forms and there is certain procedure. My point is, somehow this information get out of the booth and people of various parties ask you irritating question or may be they gave you threat

This is a (hidden) truth
 
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David O'Meara wrote:I thought the worlds largest democracies would be either USA (by economy) or Australia (by area)



When it comes to population, none can beat India .. ;)
 
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We should arrange an exam before giving them tickets.
Exam must be very tough with including practicals and should also cover english(GRE level).
There should be exam after he/she wins after every 8 months to continue with the seat.

If you want to add more suggestion to this , please add.

How is this suggestion
 
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http://www.google.co.in/intl/en/landing/loksabha2009/

another innovation from Google. Good metric to know about your constituency and your MP's performance
 
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Paul Clapham wrote:But Russia is a democracy now, isn't it? I mean, they get to go to the polls and vote for people from different parties, at least.


My definition of democracy requires more than that, like fairness, and no state interference, so I wouldn't call it a democracy.
 
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Paul Clapham wrote:So that would make Russia the world's largest democracy by area. (And Canada second.)



Why area should matter in case of democracy, after all it is number game ..
 
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R K Singh wrote:

Paul Clapham wrote:So that would make Russia the world's largest democracy by area. (And Canada second.)



Why area should matter in case of democracy, after all it is number game ..



Well, it does in Canada. If there aren't enough people in an electoral district to make a voting quorum, they round up moose and grizzly bears and get them to vote too.
 
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thanks God .. dead people dont vote (like counterpart in India)
 
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I heard on the news that it takes 30 days to hold an election in India. What does that refer to? The length of times votes are accepted or something else?
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:I heard on the news that it takes 30 days to hold an election in India. What does that refer to? The length of times votes are accepted or something else?


No, In India, we dosen't have such a(good) system, where votes are accepted for 30 days. Usually its a day process, which starts at 7 AM to 5 PM, but there are so many states in India and those states contains an average 15 to 16 districts, thus its not possible to conduct a single voting day for such a large number's of seats in a day, that's why the general election is taken place for a few number of states first, and at next week for another states, and this goes on until all states finished with voting, that's why it takes 30 days to wrap all the things.

Here is the election schedule, Its starts at April 16 and ends at 13 May.

At April 16, we had elections where I'm originally from. But, I wasn't able to vote, because I'm working 600 KM away from my home town. When they gonna introduce E Voting
 
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Sagar,
Thanks. That is exactly what I was wondering about. I have an interesting question/topic regarding this. I'm going to start a new thread and link to your answer since it isn't specifically about India.
 
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If you see the election campaign in India, you will not believe recession has hit India. Billions of money (ofcourse black money) will be plunged into each and every constituency. There is also a tradition called "Cash for votes"
 
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I asked a few old people whom they would vote for, and they said Congress,when i asked the reason, they said we have always been voting for this party. Also,people in India vote on the basis of caste etc, which is really bad. We should come out of our old mindset and vote for future. Also, we should,whenever we get time, talk to old and less educated people and reason out why they should vote for a good candidate.

I would love to see Narendra Modi as the PM of India, people will bait him with Godhra, but he has done a lot and continues to do for the state of Gujarat.

Also, apart from voting, people should take responsibility of a few things themselves.
One common problem seen in Indian cities is lack of infrastructure.
Take bad roads for example. In the recent past, roads were resurfaced in my locality. however, within a month, it was dug up at 2 places by a private utility company. Now who is to blame?
There should be a rule that any public utility company doing any type of digging should have the copy of the permission from the municipal corporation handy and should be produced if any resident asks for it. Also, the municipal corporation should plan activities, like inform utility companies to lay ducts on the sides of the roads when any new resurfacing is planned to be done.
Anyone knows how i can get this idea to reality?

on a lighter note, will anyone vote for me if i contest next election?

Jhakda
 
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Jhakda Velu wrote:
There should be a rule that any public utility company doing any type of digging should have the copy of the permission from the municipal corporation handy and should be produced if any resident asks for it. Also, the municipal corporation should plan activities, like inform utility companies to lay ducts on the sides of the roads when any new resurfacing is planned to be done.
Anyone knows how i can get this idea to reality?
Jhakda


You need to be corporator/MLA or Chief Muncipal engineer.You can also seek RTI(Right To Information) act to find whether digging is really required or just to fill pockets of contractor.
 
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