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Importance of voting

Sir, — The article "The duty to vote" ( Oct. 30 ) reflects on the current scenario which plagues our democracy. Due to lack of capable candidates or non-access to valid information regarding politicians, the vote of even the discerning voter does not go to the appropriate candidate. The need of the hour, as pointed out, is for a much greater role for NGOs to create awareness about candidates. The local media should also play a constructive role.

Shobhit Aggarwal,
Kharagpur, West Bengal

Sir, — The article is an eye-opener for many young people who believe that they have nothing to do with politics. I, a student myself, never realised the importance of the vote, but the article has totally changed my perspective and drives home the point that voting is an important duty.

V. Pavan Kumar,
Hyderabad

Sir, — While it is the duty of a responsible citizen to vote, it does not end there. The voters cannot remain mute spectators to whatever happens in the next five years. They should act as a watchdog.

T.S. Padmanabhan,
Chennai

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