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January 9th, 2018 - Ratheesh KrishnaVadhyar's Journal

January 9th, 2018

January 9th, 2018
06:52 pm

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Newton
I watched Hindi film Newton, which tells the story of an "eccentrically honest" government employee named Newton, who is assigned as presiding officer for the Lok Sabha elections at a booth in the middle of Dandakaranya, where there are only 76 registered voters. The place is known for Naxalite activities and strikes. Armed security team would escort the election team during their travel by foot from a nearby village to the booth, and also would provide various other support.

On early morning on the election day, the punctual Newton wakes up to realize that the leader of the security team has absolutely no interest in going to the forest, and he recommends casting the votes by themselves on behalf of the tribal people! He says that collecting votes from the real voters would make no difference to anybody. The other members of the election team also don't have much inclination to go the booth, but upon Newton's insistence, the team travels to the booth - a dilapidated old building in the middle of forest - to conduct the "election". Nobody turns out to cast the votes, as the people out there have absolutely no interest in the elections. When a team of officers go to the tribal settlements to "forcefully" bring them to the booth, they seem completely clueless about the whole election process, and want to know if they would be getting any money if they come for voting.

The brilliantly scripted film is a masterpiece of satire on Indian Democracy, and it would be one of the finest satirical films I have ever watched.

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