Voting should be made compulsory -- that seems to be the general consensus binding celebrities and common people alike as the country hurtles towards another election, though politicians themselves are divided.
Making voting mandatory may be a controversial move, but there seemed to be little debate on the matter with an overwhelming number of people spoken to for it. Governance will improve and democracy will get strengthened if voting is made compulsory is the view as another general election looms ahead.
Everyone has a stake, from the villager in Poonch to the star film director in Mumbai.
Mohammed Khursheed from Dodi village in Jammu and Kashmir's troubled district of Poonch, which is close to the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan and has seen more than its share of terrorist violence, said: "Everyone should vote and if the government makes it necessary, it will be the best."
"In my village, there are no roads or electricity and water supply. If everyone votes, I hope it will change our fortune," Khursheed said.
Image: People show their voter identity cards as they wait to cast their votes at a polling station in Bikaner during the election to the Rajasthan state Assembly. (Copyright PTI. Unauthorised reproduction is prohibited.)