All were taken aback to discover a firangi (foreigner) in their midst… and therefore obviously someone who cannot vote.
While I was off in Indonesia, Maharashtra’s chief minister stepped down triggering elections.
And there wasn’t much of a choice:
- Guaranteed graft and its centre left offshoot
- Maharashtrian over ‘migrants’ (read anyone but a Marathi Hindus), far-right fascists and its offshoot “sons of the soil”
- Hindu chauvinists, right-wing conservatives
You have to wonder when 1/3 of the candidates standing for election face serious criminal charges!
My partner introduced me to a new concept – NOTA vote. Which means “none of the above”…. essentially a protest vote.
If the majority do NOTA votes, a new vote is required and none of the original candidates can stand again. A way to say “I’m fed up and all of you are rubbish!”
Hmm… interesting… I wonder if I would have done that if I could have voted… And would it have made a difference?