As India steps into the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls, one thing that is abundant in the minds of people is Confusion. During the election season, the massive rallies and campaigns that political parties carry out to draw votes talk about the achievements of the party or criticize the opposition. Allegations are thrown left and right the common man is often confused as to who to vote for.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that they are actually voting for a local representative and not the Prime minister. Elections can get really taxing and people often are clueless to who to vote for. But an even bigger problem is that people fail to understand why they are voting and how they should vote.
This good samaritan hails from Patna and he is making sure that he is doing his part to ensure that people vote for a strong democracy.
Lal Mani Das is a 45-year-old food stall owner from Patna. When he is not selling crispy treats from his stall, he is cycling through the city with banners plastered across his bicycle and his person, giving out critical information such as why it's important to vote, whom to vote for and how to vote.
Das felt that the voting process in India is largely influenced by politicians or their personalities and nobody pays heed to virtues of honesty, meritocracy, and ethics. On his ‘Cycle Jagrukta Yatra,’ Das meets random people and educates them about their democratic right to vote.
Which the Rs. 10,000 that he had been saving for educating his children, he has printed thousands of flyers with his vision of India. He aims to train people to conduct thorough scrutiny of their local candidates before casting their vote. He urges people to look at criminal pasts and spending habits of the candidates.
Das is also sad about almost 100 million people not being able to vote as they have moved away from their hometown. All he wants to see is India become a real democracy.
Not all heroes wear capes!