I've decided to #VoteForChange

I have realised that politics is like a pool of stagnant water. If you don't change the water often it becomes a stinking pool of filth which will breed mosquitoes.

I have realised that politics is like a pool of stagnant water. If you don't change the water often it becomes a stinking pool of filth which will breed mosquitoes.

In this elections, I have voted against the incumbent. 

Here's how I have arrived at my personal decision:
  1. I have realized that surgical strikes or Balakot or Pakistan bashing do not affect me directly. They will make me feel good momentarily but they don't affect me directly in my day to day life.
  2. Ram mandir construction does not affect me in any way whatsoever. It is just an obsession of cowbelt states, nothing more. Build it or don't build it, I couldn't care less.
  3. I'm a pious Hindu (probably more Hindu than any chest thumping asshole in the media) and I don't think "Hindu khatre me hai". As clear as that.
  4. I belong to a family of people who have served and continue to serve in the armed forces and I realize that behind every soldier their is mostly a middle class or lower middle class family trying to survive the market prices under tight budgets. So f*ck everyone who is trying to cash in on the lives of soldiers.
  5. I don't like my food choices being controlled by dim witted sadhus & sanyasis.
  6. I want my family to breathe clean air. Drink clean water. This govt rejected UN's reports about most polluted cities list and did not act on pollution when the evidence was right in front of their eyes. They waited for the issue to become an epidemic.
  7. I don't want my children to grow up in an environment of censorship. I'd rather emigrate than let them grow up without freedom of expression.
  8. I don't like the govt banning websites. I don't want 'hindu vs all' debates on my TV every day. I want actual news which I paid the stupid DTH guys for.
  9. I don't want my children to be dragged out of parties on Valentine's and beaten in the streets while the cops watch on. This thought terrifies me.
  10. I have never liked this "anti-national" bullshit that's been going around since 2013. This crap on social media has divided friends and families.
  11. I want a transparent govt that does not hold back information. Data must be made available to all tax payers. If you are using my money to run the country, then I have every god-damned right to know where and how you are spending it. That's it.
  12. I struggled during demonetisation for no f*cking reason. Missed work, cut back on spending, stood in early morning queues outside ATMs, had to suffer humiliation at bank and then from relatives just because I wanted to get my own hard-earned money to pay back lenders and landlords. Why?
  13. I want calmer people on the streets and calmer people online. Everyone is so angry these days because of our opinions, including me. And I don't like it.
  14. Some of my relatives & friends are having a hard time finding jobs despite having good credentials and educational background.
  15. Manifesto of incumbent ruling party looks like a cruel joke to me. Most of the promises are far far ahead in the future. Similar promises were made in 2014 as well.
I really really really think that a large scale cyber warfare is imminent across the world. I don't think India is prepared for it now and Aadhar has definitely made us more vulnerable to such attacks. This could be my paranoia. May be I'm just thinking too much on this one.

These are some of the major points that I have considered to form my decision. I have also heavily relied on local points like availability of basic amenities in my area, local security, local cleanliness and hygiene, etc. I think everyone must look at their own local issues too before electing a representative. That's the most important part of the whole exercise. Think locally.

Elections must always be about local issues. But since the media is trying to make the elections about only a handful of national issues so I've highlighted only them.

Disclaimer: These are my own personal opinions, observations and experiences that helped me decide who to vote for in the elections. You should follow your own thumb rules to make your decision. I don't know what the outcome of the elections would be but I definitely will be happy for choosing based on only my actual needs.