02
Sep
08

Silence of the lambs

I’m truly shocked by the turn of events in the students union(SU) elections. Majority of students voted for ‘none’ instead of the only candidate(Rachit) in the fray(after the other candidate’s nomination was canceled). Now that would be understandable if Rachit wasn’t good enough to be a president. But that is certainly far from the truth. You rarely ever get a Aditya Birla scholar, Goldman Sachs leader and an NTS scholar standing for a post like this.

For the past many years the SU Presidents and General Secretarys have been very unimpressive and mediocre leaders. It had never been their vision or capabilities that had brought them to power but just petty politics of regionalism and factionalism. The past three Presidents could barely even fulfill their manifesto promises! The previous General Secretary was a whiff of fresh air and a very sincere and thoughtful leader. I really thought he was the first of many to come responsible BITSians who would proudly contest elections for more than just scoring resume points. But last night we just screwed that up. And the vulgar ‘celebrations’ that followed were just disgusting. Half naked people shouting slogans and whirling hockey sticks. One could easily be mistaken that somebody had won.

I think this year certainly saw the two smartest President candidates in a very long time. Either one of them had the potential to do well. How unfortunate that Nitesh’s candidature was canceled leaving only Rachit standing. This decision couldn’t have been very easy to make and Nitesh certainly must have deserved it. Surprisingly there was a wave of sympathy for Nitesh and this was flamed into a structured campaign for ‘None’. Seriously how idiotic are we BITSians? With the festivals coming up, delaying the elections by a whole month is just going to set us back more than we can fathom. Would Rachit have been such a bad president, that we would rather not choose than choose him? He is one of the brightest and honest people on campus, people who would stay miles away from the murky waters of politics. It was his idealism and passion to change the system that made him contest the elections. We could hardly let such a deed go unpunished.

I believe this happened because few people were even thinking. We’ve survived for so long by not caring for the SU, that we would rather be sheep and vote for any random guy. Ex: One guy who thought ‘a one man race is no fun’. What a moron, but sadly not the only one. Most of us would rather be sheep following the words of some faceless kingmaker out there, than think and be leaders. Last night just reflected the Indian political scenario and we BITSians were the illiterate villagers who bring bigots and ineffective parties to power every time. Well, we get the leadership we deserve. Somebody should have given us wisdom along with the high IQs, which is certainly not serving us well.

I’m truly ashamed.

ps: And no, I did not campaign or lobby for anybody, even though I know Rachit as a friend. His manifesto did not impress me much, but was better than what others had, which is why I voted for him.

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9 Responses to “Silence of the lambs”


  1. 1 Sars
    September 2, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Nice blog.

    None won over a prez candidate, its definetly a first for BITS politics.

    But its a good outcome, voters should always have a choice in democracy.

  2. 2 Abhishek
    September 2, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    The choice that people had was to ‘choose or not to choose’. They decided not to choose.

    I have no idea why you think not electing a prez is a good outcome. Are you expecting better candidates? or do you just enjoy the amount of time and effort that gets wasted in such a venture? After all we are students and we need to have better things to do.

  3. September 2, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Well said. It’s a shame that majority of the BITSians wanted to prove a point to the EC or were simply excited about the prospect of making a ‘none’ win in the elections. They simply forgot that the election was also about the merit of a certain Rachit and probably electing a smarter president in a long, long time.

    In future years, this would definitely keep the sensible chaps from standing for any of the posts. What a waste of time & energy!

  4. September 3, 2008 at 10:53 am

    It’s one small step for the voter, one giant leap backwards for BITS Pilani.

  5. September 3, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Welcome back!i thought u were dead .Well,unlike BITS Pilani,the guys standing for President are almost always dumb at IIT Kanpur, [:(] atleast for the past two years.This is a very Indian attitude towards things,I feel.

  6. 6 Abhishek
    September 3, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    No man. It was an exception this year. We have some very dumb guys standing for elections every year. And looks like this trend will continue for the next few years.
    This is totally Indian characteristic I guess. We are like this only 🙂

  7. 7 Sars
    September 5, 2008 at 10:53 am

    @Abhishek

    A president becomes a good functional president only when he has the trust of a majority of the electorate.

    So if only one guy contests and automatically wins it even though he may not have popular support, he would never be able to be function confidently and to full capacity. And that is the rationale behind the “NONE” option in elections. And if students voted for that option, then the candidate really is not a favorite with the crowd, however qualified he is!

  8. 8 Sars
    September 5, 2008 at 10:55 am

    @Abhishek

    And you say a choice between “to choose” or “not to choose”. That is not really a choice. There was only one candidate. The electorate wants “to choose” and when presented with “no alternative choice” they went with none to get a REAL choice of 2 or more candidates.

  9. October 11, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    I wonder why you don’t blog anymore.too many women? too many start-ups?
    🙂


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