Transforming the system, working from within

That's what some young people are trying, rather than taking on the system.

On Republic Day, Pune can take lessons from some youth trying to bring in transformation in society by working in tandem with the system and not outside it, unlike many activists who always seem to be on a collision course with the system.

A young techie is trying to shake off the electoral apathy of young colleagues in the IT industry. Deepak Tawari, however, has chosen to work in tandem with the system.

His worry has been low voter turnout.

"Although we talk about criminalization of politics, educated people, especially software professionals, refuse to participate in the electoral process. Most point out that their names are not in the voter list but they do not make any attempt to get their names added either," Tawari said.

He approached election officer Apurva Wankhede and she agreed to help him.

"I asked the officer to allow us to place drop boxes in software companies to help techies submit forms for registration. She was reluctant at first but finally agreed," he said.

Once the forms were collected, Tawari took them to the election officer and the staff gave receipts. He said he was able to ensure that many software techies got added to the voter list.

Tawari said his experience working with the officers was good but some staff in the office were not cooperative in the beginning. "Once I won their confidence, they extended all help. We citizens need to take initiatives and start the process of engagement with the system to start with," he said.

Accountant Suhas Shinde is working closely with the police to bring a change in the way people look at police. The rape of a minor in Hadapsar gave Shinde a chance to liaison closely with the men in uniform.

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