The wait is all over. The day has come. Election Day! A Big day! But have you ever tried to notice a big day for whom?? For Profession at large or a big day for prospective candidate alone. What are you voting for? Who are you voting to? You think you seriously know about the rights your vote carries. You consider yourself to be an educated one. Oh really? The only question I have do you actually “Know Your Candidate?” The one who is going to represent YOU at large.
Ok, get your answer through this article. It all started 3-4 months back.
The Members I don’t even know exist, the Names I never heard before, suddenly came out from nowhere and started giving me so much of their attention. My mailbox started getting full of e-mails from unknown Chartered Accountants. My Facebook account started showing so many connection requests from the fellow Members, I knew not. I was then started being added to so many professional groups on whatsapp. These unknown people started treating me like a Celebrity. Be it my personal post or a professional one, they all started admiring me for everything I shared.
At first I did not get the reason behind their intentions but no less than in a week I came to know about their real purpose- Campaigning for ICAI elections. Campaigning, which looks no different from those that of Politicians.
I would like to ask few simple questions to the election candidates. You people seriously think that burdening our inboxes with those repetitive emails, sharing your manifesto again and again, calling the same person number of times in a day , messaging your booth details 1000 of times will make any sense to us? You think your 2 minutes visit to our offices will make us vote for you?
You think sharing your so called forwarded presentations which is not even made by you is going to enhance our knowledge base? You think your once in 3 year Diwali messages will work to make our festivals a better one? You think wasting precious time of your articles on campaigning will make your image? You think spending lakhs on campaigning will convince us that you have no personal interest in these elections? That you are contesting these elections for betterment of our profession? Those who are recontesting where were you people for past 2 years. Those queries, mails, doubts which often goes unnoticed suddenly started settle down this election year. Why?
You won’t be able to answer my questions ever. Ok fine! I will answer it on my own. Well, that I consider myself to be an educated one; I do not want you people to influence my decisions. I’m able to take it on my own based on people I personally know, based on what i get from professional circles. Your continuous efforts to make us learn by heart your ballot number, election dates and other booth details make no sense because for you kind information ICAI too issues the list of candidates contesting an election along with an election date, candidate names and their ballot number. I don’t want you people to spend lakhs of your capital only to make us learn your ballot number.
Your so- called forwarded content sharing do not add to my knowledge nor I’ m interested. Yes, I’m interested if you promise me that you will keep it sharing in normal course of time too. Will you? You don’t even know that your repetitive calls make us so irritate that we decide to put a “X” in front of your name.
I feel pity on your poor articles who are ignorant of the fact that their very own Principal is making use of them, wasting their golden time to make personal and monetary benefits out of these elections. Sir, you could have hired some people for this job. kindly spare us, your articles and yourself too from this disgraceful campaigning.
How can you people ignore that you are a part of such a reputed organization. You don’t even realize the value of the strict codes, ethics and standards set by an ICAI.
How can I expect you people to understand the value of your organization when you are not ready to value yourself…
Sir, You are not ignorant of the fact that during the seminars, conferences, study circles when you distribute your cards having your so-called reputed photos on them, more than 50% of them just lay on floor like anything and the rest goes in a dustbin within a couple of seconds. If you can see yourself on floor how can you expect us to believe you to raise our profession high.
At last I would like to request all the candidates to please stop wasting your time, money and respect on this kind of campaigning. Neither the content of your manifesto nor my reading of it is going to change my perception for you. Don’t waste your time in buttering rather waste it in some productive manner for betterment of our profession. Words and money do not speak but actions will.
Thank you and will wait for this VIP treatment from your side in next election year 2021… Two minutes silence for next 2 years.