(This is a continuation of the previous article)

As has been discussed in the previous four parts of this article, the electoral situation in Karnataka is very fluid. No party is likely to come to power with complete majority. At least four parties are likely to be in contention for formation of the Government depending on the number of seats they may actually get. The administration as a result will be a replica of the disastrous UPA II model with different factions being in a position to blackmail the Governing party for their individual benefits. In such a scenario even the Governing persons are likely to turn more corrupt than they otherwise would be since everybody would become opportunistic.

The persons to suffer on this account would be the people of Karnataka.

It is with this grim thought that I have embarked on this series of articles just to place before the public some of my thoughts whether they would be of any significance or not in moulding the opinion of the public.

I however represent another constituency of my own namely the “Netizens”. By Netizens I mean citizens who have access to Internet and have a digital ID in the form of at least an e-mail ID. It is likely that most of these people fall under the category of “Educated” and also “Urban”. The number of Netizens in the “Less/uneducated” or “Semi Urban/Rural”  category may not be significant.

At present the average Netizen population in the country would be around 12%. This population would be higher in the Urban and Metro citites and in IT pockets such as Bangalore. Even after eliminating the below 18 Netizens, the Netizen population in Bangalore could be as high as 10% or more. Netizens of Bangalore if not the Netizens of Karantaka have therefore a significant voice and ability to shape the outcome of several candidates particularly in the Bangalore urban area.

Being Netizens operating in global space, these people are  not so much bound to caste and community equations as the average citizen is. They are therefore more amenable to take decisions that are more rational and community oriented.

Netizens are also Citizens and the civic problems that affect the non Netizens also affect them. Hence we should not consider Netizens as alien to Citizens and the requirements of Netizens as alien to the requirements of Citizens.

Internet is considered as a great innovation which when used properly will lead to better administration with higher efficiency, more transparency and also economy. Presently the Governments pursue an e-Governance program which is mostly oriented towards better administration in the sense of leading to better tax collection. Economy of operations and public benefit are incidental.

If Netizen’s welfare is properly taken care of, then it is possible that a significant contribution can be made to the welfare of the Non Netizen Citizens. In due course most Citizens are likely to be Netizens as well and hence Netizen Welfare is equivalent to Citizen Welfare.

Additionally if Netizen population increases from the current levels of 12% to say 50%, then the participation of the public in democratic functioning of the Government will increase and this will lead to better Governance.

In this background, the undersigned urges all Netizens to collaborate and evolve a mechanism to exchange views and identify good candidates to support. Of course a platform for this to be in place and I urge one of the tech savvy companies may take up this responsibility to develop a useful platform where Netizens of Bangalore and other parts of Karnataka can collaborate.

In the meantime, I have also developed a “Charter of Demands” for the Netizens to be placed before the prospective candidates which I will present in my next article.

...contd Part VI

Na.Vijayashankar

As a Voter of Karnataka

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