“If you don’t vote, you lose the right to complaint.”

– George Carlin

“Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it”, a very famous slogan coined by Bal Gangadhar Tilak that inspired numerous participants to join the Indian Independence Movement held back in 1857. This was the movement where all Indians gathered together to fight against the tyranny of British Rulers. And, everyone still remembers it because historic events like these are engraved in the minds of people with golden ink.

Now, you must be thinking, why are we digging the past, after 72 years of Independence?

So, let’s make it simple for you. We as proud citizens of India, do feel that voting is also our birthright and we shall have it. It is one such constitutional right that gives power to us as permanent residents of this country. It’s the only agent of change over which we hold complete power. Moreover, this is our only chance to let our voices be heard, a chance to choose our own governing body, and lastly, a chance to honour the system and be a catalyst in this transformational movement.

A Right-cum-Responsibility

Voting may be a constitutional right but above all, it is a social responsibility that needs to be taken seriously. We live in a democratic country but imagine if everyone decides to opt out of voting and not cast a vote from their side, what will happen? We will simply be jeopardizing the whole existence of democratic rights. It’s solely our responsibility to be an agent of change and vote for a better future.

An Opportunity for Change

Many people think that a single absent voter doesn’t count and that is why they choose not to cast a vote on their behalf. But, imagine if everyone starts ignoring their call, and choose to enjoy Voting Day as a national holiday. What would happen? Then we, as citizens of this country, would lose our only chance to choose our governing body.

Though voting is our constitutional right as well as a moral duty, it should be seen more as an opportunity window for change. Indubitably, it is the first step to development, let’s be a responsible citizen and cast our vote considering it as an opportunity for change.

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