The big question: How to choose your candidate?

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Posters, pamphlets, flyers and stickers:  in every possible colour and shade – neon orange, green, blue, yellow and pink: And like that kicks off the elections season in Panjab University!

While campaigning rages in every campus, and there are multiple big and small groups aligning with and joining various parties, amidst the hullabaloo, the most targeted and yet at sea remains an average apolitical student who still wonders whom to side with.

Well certainly it’s much easier to pick a nail paint that matches your outfit, or a pair of socks to match your trousers or a tie that suits your formal shirt; but it’s super difficult to pick from this neon palette evident in colleges (MCM still remains an exception though!) and pan-prevalent in university campus.

And that’s when we decided that this year’s all the more important election season (in light of the upcoming state elections) demands us to do a post for the average student in every college who remains confused as every party blasts their classrooms for months straight.

1.What do you want in your candidate?

A very subjective yet an easy one! Do you want to be led by a puppet or a pro? Can your candidate communicate effectively? Can he represent you in the most efficient, effective and yet dignified manner (because we don’t always want to get into controversies with authorities, right?) Intelligence, leadership, activeness and initiative are some of the parameters you can consider!

 

2.Candidate’s profile

Candidate’s profile is yet another very important factor to consider. To which party does a candidate belong and if the ideology of the party, presumably akin to the candidate, suits your interest? What achievements has the candidate/party had in the past? Has the candidate had any experience as a group leader (though change can be for the better too!)? While it may seem difficult to get these answers, it’s pretty easy to get hold of this basic information through casual conversations with your seniors and peers. And you have the absolute right to know about your candidate, so don’t hesitate!

 

3.Questioning

Now this can come handy to all those who know how to crack a chat. Try and get the candidate’s viewpoints on issues you feel need attention and compare it to other candidates’ as well as to your own. Are they too controversial? Are they anti-authorities or pro-authorities? Do you reckon a cooperative mind setup or a contradictory one?

 

  1. Evaluate

Intuitively demarcate between a “garjataa” and a genuine candidate! While on the face of it, almost everybody seems to be making huge promises, one must understand that no revolutionary changes can be made in a year’s time and it’s a sum total of little efforts that shall account in the end. Be aware of general opinion about the candidate, his conduct and his support and beware naming and shaming, blame- games, over modesty and outrageousness!

 

Putting all of these together, here’s what we got:

cheat sheet

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Harleen batra (Eco Dept, PU)

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