Algorithm for the Country

In a mundane afternoon’s ridiculously boring class, I woke up from my brief nap and set my eyes on the ever-repulsive blackboard. I saw the headline, “Scheduling Algorithms” written across the black plank. As I aimlessly looked at the words, I heard a friend of mine saying, “The entropy of an isolated system always increases” and a bunch of others singing random Hindi songs at the backdrop.

My mind trapped the word “random” and my eyes captured the word “algorithm”. I began ruminating over the relationship between these two words of singular interest: Random and Algorithm.

“Is it possible for there to exist “randomness” if the occurrence of every event has an algorithm at its bedrock?”

Now, assuming the validity of this hypothesis and subscribing to the assertion that there dwells an algorithm at the foundation of our perception of “everything”, then all actions of all that exists in the universe are governed by a code, implying that there stands no scope for the concept of entropy, further implying that change or what we call “future” is a mere entity with no real significance. It’s all a part of a code, which theists call “God” or “karma”.

Now, considering the fact that I’m not strictly a theist, I refuse to believe in karma or God. I believe that the future, in its most quantified state, is a consequence of the events that precedes that infinitesimally small interval of time (considering time as a linear entity). So, if I had to visualize the existence of the code, I would say that it is something that isn’t predefined, but it is something that is dynamic and something that changes with the “Actions”. But this theory implies randomness and contradicts my earlier assumption.

Anyway, all this was exorbitantly taxing and so I decided to stray away from philosophy. But I couldn’t shrug the concept of randomness yet. I distracted myself for a bit and then I returned to my favorite topic of interest: Politics.

“Do we just choose our national leaders randomly or do we follow an algorithm?”

To start off, the unassailable assumption I made was that we follow an algorithm. We are being forced to, actually. Barring a few ignorant citizens, none of us actually randomly press a button at the polling booth. Our mind commands us to vote for a particular candidate of a particular party/independent candidate and we depress that button with full and conscious knowledge of our actions.

Now, as to the algorithm, we have the most pedestrian of approaches. We just have one algorithm, so to say, “Follow the herd”. Holding no grudge against anyone and speaking as a responsible and concerned citizen of this country (which a certain group wants to rename “The United States of India”!) I would like to ask those people reading this article a few simple questions:

           “Do you know what you are doing?”
If yes, “Have you read the manifestos of the candidates?”
If yes, “Have you corroborated the claims of whosoever-the-claimant-is against the existing situation in the country and assessed the likelihood of the occurrence or the fulfillment of the said claim?”
If yes, “Do you think that your candidate is capable of brining the mere flowery words to life?”
If yes, “Do you want to vote for that candidate?”
If yes, well, you are the best citizen the country can ask for, go ahead and exercise your right with pride. But if the answer to any of these questions is no, re-think your decision to cast you precious vote.

Please don’t get carried away by the political chivalry and charisma of the purported leaders, do not give in to the fancy grandeur, do not comment on candidates without knowing them and their ideas, do not vote on the basis of “party”. Know your candidate, wet him, discuss him, research him and only then, “Make your Decision”. You have the right and duty to choose a person to lead you, to represent you, to voice the opinions and concerns of your community.

Gone are the days where we were kept in the dark. Well, frankly, the present day isn’t any better; the media and the rampant campaigning tactics sometimes mislead us and let us astray from the issues at hand. But fortunately, we have access to all the information we need and we have the capacity to make the right decision.

The algorithm isn’t “choose the best of the lot”, it is simply “choose the best”. If there doesn’t exist a candidate that you are convinced will bring a positive change, then choose none (“None of the above (NOTA)”). Keep your mind open, keep it sane and keep it smart.

Think wisely. Vote honestly. Make no compromise.

India needs the best. So don’t leave anything up to chance. Take a stand, make a change.

– Adarsh Ramesh

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