Voting has begun today for electing members to India’s Parliament – people who are going to make decisions on our behalf. We urge you to vote in these elections, despite the refrain that we have heard over the past five years, that the urban, educated constituency does not matter (to the politician). We do not matter to many of those standing for elections, because many of us do not vote; because we don’t constitute a tangible vote bank, and don’t make a difference to the “electoral math”. Democracy is the rule of the mob, so we have to participate en masse to matter.

We urge you to vote in these elections, if not just to ensure that the more worthy of the candidates is elected, then just so that the urban, educated class matters as a voting segment in the next. The next elections may not be very far away. So, Please vote.

In the first phase, voting will be held in 124 constituencies in: Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshwadeep.