Voting rights to illiterates – illogical?


In Favor:-

  • Illiterate people can easily mislead by some politicians, who pay for the vote.
  • Illiterate people have more chances to be mislead by the false promises given by some political leaders.
  • Few illiterate people don’t know about voting, and some don’t go for voting even if they know about it. Hence there are more chances for rigging.

In Against:-

  • India is a democratic country. Everybody should be treated equally. So, Voting Right should be there for illiterates too.
  • Even though they are illiterates, they can distinguish the genuine promises and false ones. After all to understand the fake promises, education isn’t required.
  • Even educated people may be mislead by false promises done by some political leaders.
  • If there is no voting right for illiterates, they may feel as neglected and there are chances of forming anti- govt. groups which are a threat for country.

             Voting right should be there for every major as everybody has equal rights. We are all living in one society. So, they can understand what is right and what is good. But some people may be mislead. The best solution for this is to create political awareness in everyone.

Afterwords :- What are your thoughts on this topic? Feel free to express your opinion in the comment section below.

  • Good . Informative

  • First of all, the arguments provided are very legit and I am both enlightened as well as support the conclusion. However, I would like to clarify a concept which many of us misunderstand.
    Second, I would like to bring to your notice the poor quality of English used to express such novel and delicate ideas, which stand the danger of being misinterpreted if not expressed precisely by removing all loopholes.
    Third, there is a big difference between 'Being literate' and 'Being educated'. Illiterate people are not necessarily uneducated. Education comes from moral values and ideals, common sense and sensibility and is enhanced by the ability to read and write which empowers the person to express her/his opinions in the print media. So, saying that an illiterate person does not posses the knowledge and credibility to decide and vote a representative of their own choice is a completely baseless statement. For example, a well informed illiterate person who is updated on the latest news and trivia with the help of the Radio(I hope none of you have overlooked this form of media) cannot be considered uneducated. In fact, she/he is more educated than a few literate ministers with bachelor's degrees. Therefore I feel illiterate people should not be deprived of the right to vote. Since by doing this, we violate the fundamental right of Universal Adult Franchise which has been given by the wise, ambitious and foresighted personalities who framed our Constitution. More importantly, we infringe on the right to vote of many educated(illiterate) citizens who can make a difference in Indian politics.

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