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From Don't Vote To Must Vote

Rajeev P.I. in the Indian Express

Arguments may go on if a coercive vote is the way to a real democracy. But this move also has some special implications for Gujarat. Especially alongwith the samras (Gujarati for “consensus”) idea being systemically ramroded into the lower, panchayat, level. This one is a state-sponsored, cash incentives-tagged, push in exactly the opposite way. The idea is to avert “unnecessary” holding of all elections, the unneeded poll-spend, the even more unnecessary political differences — all with an often enforced local “consensus”, for a “harmonious” village life.

...the paradox of the must-vote Bill and the samras may remain a conundrum. But if the stick is used for one, it is the carrot for the other... 

...There have been many reports of armtwisting and even threats to get all development work stalled, when a villager or two had wanted to contest.

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Rajeev P.I. in the Indian Express:

Arguments may go on if a coercive vote is the way to a real democracy. But this move also has some special implications for Gujarat. Especially alongwith the samras (Gujarati for “consensus”) idea being systemically ramroded into the lower, panchayat, level. This one is a state-sponsored, cash incentives-tagged, push in exactly the opposite way. The idea is to avert “unnecessary” holding of all elections, the unneeded poll-spend, the even more unnecessary political differences — all with an often enforced local “consensus”, for a “harmonious” village life.

...the paradox of the must-vote Bill and the samras may remain a conundrum. But if the stick is used for one, it is the carrot for the other... 

...There have been many reports of armtwisting and even threats to get all development work stalled, when a villager or two had wanted to contest.

More here

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