Why do we have to Vote?Glad to have reached the voting age, the Hardy Boys gang of Ekadanth colony planned a get together to understand the importance of the responsibility bestowed upon them.
That morning, the group had set out to the nearby 'Kamal Lake,' the pride of their city. Full of enthusiasm, anticipating to spend time spotting birds in the lush vegetation and do some fishing, the group found that the roads were in a pitiful condition with many potholes.
Just before they left the main road, the boys were stunned to see a water tanker taking a speedy illegal turn and knocking down a poor cyclist. They quickly helped him, gave him some water and were angered that there were no regular traffic policemen around.
Moving on to the lake, they were dismayed to see that the lake was dying, choked with weeds and dead vegetation. Along most of the edges, the land had been encroached by builders. They also noticed illegal effluent pipes discharging waste and polluting the water body. The little park with all the play equipment had become a gambling den for the ruffians who were opening selling drugs in plain sight.
Instead of having a pleasant morning, they returned having had a glimpse of the woeful service rendered by the municipal body. On reaching the colony, they saw their parents and elders collecting money to pay for the private water tanker as the colony did not get regular water supply. Whatever water left in the borewell could not be pumped out because of frequent power cuts.
Angered by all the difficulties faced by people related to their basic amenities, the Hardy boys decided not to Vote at all! Hearing this, the aghast Professor Sharma, took them aside and explained to them about the power in their hands.
He extolled the virtues of good proactive citizens, people who should choose wisely the political leaders who will ensure that public and civic works are carried out. If the educated youth like Hardy Boys shun the election, then what would be the plight of other voters?. Their votes would be misused by miscreants for false votes and put unfit leaders in office and the same difficulties would continue.
Instead, the professor encouraged the group to think, cast their first vote for the sake of getting good roads, having decent traffic police, ensure that the encroachments are stopped, the lake redeveloped and the criminals brought to justice, above all to vote and bring in the change.
An energized group of youth went around the colony, took to social media, shared their knowledge and this resulted in the highest voter turnout in the city. The boys, now part of the youth development force, relentlessly pursued the authorities and ensured that all the irregularities were rectified. The Hardy Boys of Ekadanth colony received the gold medal for being the 'Responsible City Youth Group' for the year 2019. The entire group met Professor Sharma, hugged him and said sir, thanks!