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This 101-yr-old has voted in every LS poll


In 1946, V Santhanam was once a young guy of 27, sharing a room in Bombay with four other bachelors. That 12 months, he voted in India’s provincial election, and the 101-year-old hasn’t stopped since— the Noida resident has voted in every unmarried Indian common election, and hopes to take action as long as he can.
To him, no longer voting was once by no means an choice. “It is my accountability to make a choice the individuals who will rule the country, and resolve how just right a pacesetter is. At the top of the day, it's the individuals who make the celebration, no longer the celebration which makes the individuals,” says the centenarian, who loves chanting sanskrit shlokas as much as he does a chilly beer and a recreation of cards.

His son-in-law R Rajagopalan says, “When my daughter asks him how he hasn’t turn out to be cynical about voting, he simplest says that the younger technology needs to know what it was once to be a ghulam, what it manner to be independent, and the facility of freedom of speech and a vote.”


In the 73 years he has been voting, the important thing changes Santhanam has noticed are in campaigning and the position of cash in politics. “We didn’t even know what a rally was once. In the initial days of independence, I might move attend some election conferences in Bombay. People like Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel could be there and they'd simply ask us to vote for them,” he says. He recollects a time when politics was once far more necessary than money, but as of late he feels the two are intertwined. “Any Tom, Dick and Harry wants to get elected, but they’re simply looking to make back the money they have got misplaced campaigning,” he provides.


One of the most memorable elections he has noticed had been the parliamentary elections of 1967 where Congress stalwart SK Patil was once defeated by way of George Fernandes in a stunning turn of events. “Fernandes was once the chief of the BEST (Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport) union. That took place as a result of folks in reality sought after alternate, and believed he could be that change. Patil misplaced the election, and it was once fairly a surprise at the time.”


Santhanam, a advertising and marketing and gross sales skilled who has labored in numerous industries through his 60-year profession including car and metal, recollects an come upon with Fernandes once. “During BJP rule, he was once minister of communications. The corporate I was working for in Bombay had implemented for a telephone to be shifted from one position to another in Pune. The application have been submitted for a 12 months, and I was instructed to go to Fernandes with a packet of candies,” he says, giggling. So, he bought Five-6 boxes of peda, and Fernandes’s secretary had a hearty laugh when Santhanam introduced the candies. The telephone was once effectively transferred inside of 15 days.




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