Do you see random pamphlets and names on flyover walls, metro stairs and washroom doors? Are your college corridors filled with ‘white walkers’ a.k.a the campaigning guys in white shirts? Is your professor too, annoyed by the perpetual slogan shouting and resents those two minutes they have to give up to the white walkers? Does your heart race every time a white walker catches you off-guard to forcefully memorize you that ‘ballot number’?
If you said ‘yes’ to all the above questions then, welcome to the ‘Game of Thrones’ a.k.a Delhi University Student Elections (DUSU) season! Every year DUSU elections bring to picture the best and worst of Delhi University. Candidates try everything under the University’s Sun to gain the support and win the elections! Here are some few campaigning techniques which are meant to impress us but, end up annoying us!
- Pamphlets, pamphlets on the wall; who is the most anti-environment of all?
If you have never walked over a carpet of pamphlets in your college life, worry not! DUSU election candidates will make your dream come true. They’ll exclusively get their faces and names printed on pamphlets for you to tread upon them!
But on a serious note, this is the worst way of campaigning. Each year these candidates waste huge amount of paper and money over these pamphlets. We have been reading about saving trees and ‘3 R’s’ since childhood. Do we want such candidates who are anti-environment? By wasting resources these candidates only show off their money power not, leadership abilities!
- You can run, you can hide, but you can’t escape – the white walkers!
DUSU season is the only time in Delhi University where instead of your college guard and the usual rickshaw-wallas, you meet the white walkers – frantically forcing you to accept their cards and chanting the names of their candidates as soon as you step into your college or out of the metro station!
The other kind of white walkers are found in groups. They’re usually going around the college shouting slogans and once they find a group of kids, they stop to tell them about their candidates, agenda and mention the flaws of the rival party contestant. They often interrupt the lectures, hence irritating professors.
This is not exactly a bad way of campaigning but, please don’t make us listen to your manifesto and resentful ranting towards the current union or opposition 5 times a day. We like to be informed but, making us late for lectures and interrupting our conversations doesn’t really make us happy!
- From the bus pass to latest movie tickets – they’ve got you covered!
So, this is one of the most unethical way of campaigning. Under the garb of helping students, the campaigners try to buy the student votes. Yes, there are some who genuinely help students with the form filling, anti-ragging, offer ‘if you’ve any problem come to us’ kind of thing.
But that’s not the only kind of help they do. They lure the students by offering Lakme lip-colour, latest movie tickets, free amusement park trips, food vouchers – basically money! To nip this corrupt way of campaigning is to ‘refuse’ any such help. The candidates and the party are not the only ones corrupt when they offer such stuff, you also become corrupt the moment you accept it!
- The vicious circle of blame game and violent fights!
Every year the rival parties indulge in this blame and negative publicity. We don’t want to listen to the failures of your opposition party neither want to be a part of your character-shaming/shredding activity. Each time the ruling student union won or lost a battle, we were at the receiving end of the consequences.
Also if you failed to deliver your promises, don’t go around blaming people. The last thing we want to hear is your ‘sorry excuse’. We want solutions, we want to see the actual work. Let your actions speak for yourself – and by actions we don’t want you to beat each other or break stuff, we want leaders not goons who just have money-muscle power and zero intellect! Informing us is not wrong but, spreading hostility and hooliganism around the campus doesn’t exactly show off your leadership qualities.