4 reasons the educated middle-class switched off

Political analyst Sandeep Shastri in the Indian Express on why Bangalore recorded the lowest voter turnout among all the districts that went to the polls in the first phase of the Karnataka assembly elections:

# The educated middle class are convinced that they can get their problems resolved without assistance of their elected representatives. They have the resources — financial and in terms of networks — to get their problems resolved. They barely need to know, much less meet, their elected representative.

# Globalisation and privatisation have resulted in important decisions that involve the lives of the common people being influenced not by the state but by private players and the market. This has contributed to the diminishing importance of ‘government’ in the lives of urban Bangaloreans. So why vote?

# The cynicism among urban voters about the electoral/political process often appears to be a mask to legitimise their disinterest about and apathy towards politics. While it is fashionable to express one’s unequivocal faith in democracy, politics is too messy for the middle classes to dirty their hands with.

# Political parties, across the spectrum, have also failed to offer the ticket to individuals who can inspire middle class voters to turn up at the polling booth in larger numbers.

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