Will it help bring in disconnected urban voter?

The whole nation breaks into cold sweat when educated, literate sections of our population do not come out to vote. So, what happens when Gujarat chief minister Narendra Damodardas Modi suggests that voting be made compulsory in local body polls?

A politically adroit move that falls prey to prejudice? Or a smart move that’s a panacea for all our ills?

An ambitious politician’s bid to paint himself in new colours?

Or a self-preservation tactic?

E.P. Unny in The Indian Express

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