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Through this essay, I intend to show how our country is run through the complex process of elections, the politics involved in it, the various stages and events that unfold during the process and how India gears up for the largest election in the world.

The work and ideas that are connected with governing a country are what form the basis of politics as we know it. But how relevant is this definition in today’s age and time? It’s safe to say that the modern era of politics has evolved in to a tactful game of lies and deceit. Most of the times it us; the citizens who fall in their web of lies and become prey to false promises and schemes. Politics is indeed a dirty game and the foul play is involved in many levels of the government. We the citizens only know so much of what’s happening under our noses. It’s no surprise that governments today are involved in a lot of shady business, political parties compete fiercely for power and often blame each other for their shortcomings and the issues our country currently faces. During the elections Indian politics turns into a dangerous concoction of corruption, greed and injustice. It seems as if every political party competes just for power and none of them are interested in benefiting the nation. Politics is also played on many lines such as religion, caste and even gender. Some political parties work for the interests of certain religious groups to increase their voters from that religion, others target regional voters. The promises made during the elections are forgotten once a party comes in power and the true ideology of the party gets hidden behind all the propaganda and the intricate system of deception that the parties have formed.

Politics and elections often go hand in hand; it is during the election season that we get to see exactly how political parties put forward their policies. They say absolute power corrupts absolutely, to combat this issue most countries like us have adopted democracy as their way of governing their citizens with freedom and equality being the fundamental principles of democracy. In a democracy power is divided among many levels of the government and all the pillars of the government come together to form a structure of organized governance. Free and fair elections are the best way of respecting the people’s rights as they are free to choose their leaders of choice. However a problem arises for the common voter as many political parties today are untrustworthy, as a result many people fall for the big and brash speeches made by politicians and blindly cast their vote based on the popularity of their leaders. Ideally people should cast their votes by looking at the different political ideologies laid out by the parties.

It’s time for an awakening; we the citizens of India should choose our leaders more responsibly. A country is as strong as its weakest citizen. If political parties focus on improving the situation of the poor and needy instead of being caught up in their own mess then our country can truly prosper.

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