What’s Surtis say before the poll

What's Surtis say before the poll
While India takes pride in being the largest democracy in the world,elections in the country are a crucial process, where citizens exercise their right to vote. Election fever is gradually gripping the city of Surat. With the campaigning period in full swing, roads of villages as well as urban pockets are a witness to political rallies, both big and small in scale. Moreover, fashion meets politics with the increasing popularity or saris and jackets with faces of political leaders printed on them. Surti traders and textile merchants are busy dispatching these digital printed kotis and saris to merchants in cities across India.
Time to ponder
The charged-up election atmosphere certainly fills us with curiosity as to who will lead democratic India. For Surtis, the election is a period for reflection and an ideal time to think about our journey so far. “We are nearing the Lok Sabha polls and it’s time to ponder upon our choices. We need to think where we are coming from, where we now are and where do we want to be in the next four to five years. As a citizen of Surat and India at large, we need to decice who will steer the ship of the state for a brigther future,” says social worker Mehul Shah.

Getting inked is a must, say Surtis
Surat approximately has 6.5 lakh voters, of whom four are Saurashtrian Patels and 1.6 lakh belong to minority communities. Koli Patels have 1.3 lakh votes and 2.24 lakhs by local Surtis. Will Surat have more first-time voters this year? “I am a first-time voter and I am very eager to cast a vote. I believe voting is an essential practice for a democracy like India. As young residents of the country, the future is in our hands and each vote counts. We have the power to decide who governs us. It’s great to see that there is a lot more emphasis on voting since the last few years. Earlier, people failed to realise the enormous power of voting which is at their disposal to hold leaders accountable and make the desired political change and impact,” says Krupa Sanghvi.


Author: Ayaan