Friday, 9 March 2012
The Real Meaning of “Matdaan”(मतदान)
The other day it was Polling time in my town.
I too went to cast my vote this time after many polls when I used to express my protest against the system by discarding and boycotting elections.
On my way to and from the polling station I kept contemplating on the Hindi word “matdaan” for casting a vote, and discovered that it is not only more appropriate a word but perhaps The Best…why?
Because it is comprised of two words “mat+daan” (मत +दान)
“Mat”(मत) means a vote and “daan”(दान ) means a donation.
At a deeper level it dawned upon me that this word is not as innocent as it appears!
Once the “matdaan” is done you can not hold a party or a candidate responsible/accountable for an explanation when you are dissatisfied and disillusioned at a later date, because a ‘donation’ once done is done! No one goes around asking what use has their donation been put to.(LOL)
Secondly, the other meaning of “mat” (मत) is “do not”, that is to say, should you have guts to express your unhappiness , the system implies that you were clearly warned beforehand to not do it at all !
“matdaan” = mat+daan (मत +दान )= Don’t give!! (LOL again!)