The story of TINA and NOTAWell, members, TINA is not an actress of any film industry, neither my next door neighbour. Actually, I am not referring to any human being here by that name. It's election time and we tell others the importance of voting. Many of you have already exercised your franchise and many still haven't. There are threads raised on different topics concerning the present parliamentary elections and we know how everybody is excited to discuss the topic. When it comes to predicting the winners' everybody will predict something or the other with logic. In an EVM, at present (which are manufactured after 2013) a maximum of 384 candidates can find their names, this includes NOTA too.
I am not going into the usefulness of NOTA, but I think a serious introspection is required about our own activities. The common perception of politicians in the country is almost the same. People think that politicians are a bunch of corrupt people whose job is to meet their own ends. Though there are a few good ones in the lot, the general perception is the same. Even very corrupt politicians win elections. The reason is simple and that is a large number of people vote for them. If people are so dissatisfied with the politicians everywhere, we could have seen a large number of votes casted in favour of NOTA. But, in reality, this is not happening and many corrupt leaders are winning the race. When we have so many choices to make, including the choice of not to choose anyone, do we choose by thinking There Is No Alternative (TINA) to a particular candidate even knowing fully well that the person is corrupt?