8.30 AM on the 29th of April, 2019. My mom unlocks the door and comes in to the bedroom, shows me her left hand, and promptly takes a picture of her inked finger to post it on her WhatsApp status declaring, “I voted”. That’s when it hit me; I am 18 but I did not vote!
I spiraled and texted 5 of my friends just to check if I was the only one. I was a bit relieved two of them hadn’t voted and so we instantly became the “non voters” of the group!
It was crazy! I started hating myself for being an irresponsible citizen at such a crucial time in Indian political history. It was a huge loss. I couldn’t play my part in changing the course of our future.
I had filled out and submitted the form on the site www.nvsp.in sometime in March, but it got rejected. I was disappointed and re-did the process, but in vain. I certainly wish that the process was made easier. It looked like at that time that the Election authorities were holding me back from registering. I felt so helpless at the time.
Later on in the day, many of my socially active friends posted pictures of their inked fingers, and I was at home suffering from FOMO.
Now who to blame? Was it my fault or was it the election commission’s?
I first blamed the system and then I also blamed myself for not having done more. Maybe I never took the whole process seriously and did not understand the importance of the phrase, “make your vote count”.
I have also accepted the fact that, come 23rd May, whoever wins this election, I have lost my right to criticize. Being so opinionated and outspoken, I will now have to remain neutral!! It just makes me furious and disheartened at the same time.
I have learnt my lesson. I will take the necessary actions to get myself enrolled in the voter’s list now, and not wait for the next elections, i.e. the state elections coming up in September, 2019. I will not let this happen, again.