Indian General Elections 2014 with Social Mobile Apps


The government of India was very concerned about the low turnout of voters especially among the youth and called all the country’s IT Moguls and told them to collaborate together to come with some mobile Apps to encourage voting. A special Voter Awareness Development Authority of India (VADAI – not to be confused with south Indian delicacy that goes by the same name) was set up for this purpose. The country’s best talent was recruited and they set to work. They worked for six months without a break and finally came up with three types of Apps and Plugins – Detective, Preventive and Punitive.

Detective

These are apps to detect if user has voted or not.

1. Polling Officer Bio-metric – This will replace the current practice of putting ink on voter’s finger. Instead polling officer will record his or her finger print on the voter’s mobile phone biometric app to confirm person has voted.

2. Location based identifier – This will track user’s location and record if person has been within 5 meters radius of a polling location for more than 15 minutes on an election day.

Preventive

These are apps to prevent user from not voting.

3. All Roads Lead to Voting Booth Plugin – A specially designed plugin for Google Maps that will ensure every time user tries to use Google Maps, it will lead him or her to the nearest polling booth.

4. The Howler Arnab App – An App which has voice of Arnab Goswami that keeps exhorting the user to go and exercise his franchise till a vote is detected by a detection App.

5. Angry Voters Game – A game where voters will get to launch missiles at politicians hiding behind complex structures.This will build up the rage to go and express anger through the polling booths as well.

6. Parliamentville Game – A game based on parliament on the lines of Farmville wherein one has to manage a government within the game. They would need to enroll friends who have voted into various game campaigns to open up new levels. That will get people to put pressure on their friends to vote.

7. E-Tube App – Special movies made for elections that can be viewed on one's mobile phones only when within 10 meters radius of a polling booth.

Punitive

These are apps to penalize users who have not exercised their franchise.

8. Giraffe Update (not to be confused with Google's Penguin Updates) – The profile pictures of all defaulters will automatically be changed to that of a giraffe on all social media app till the next elections

9. Himesh Reshammiya Ringtone – The ringtones of all defaulters will automatically be set to patriotic songs sung by Himesh Reshammiya.

10. MLA Wallpaper – The background of mobile phones of all defaulters will be set to a close up mug shot of the winning MLA of their constituency so that they can remember who they helped win for the next 5 years.

36 comments:

Bushra M said...

Haha...awesome post TF! Himesh Reshammiya's app was like icing on the cake...lol...loved it! Cool! All the best :)

Suresh Chandrasekaran said...

Hahaha! Now you are operating full-swing in satire TF! Thank God I do not do political satire or I will need to fear being turfed out :)

The Fool said...

Thanks Suresh. Enjoying myself with these topics. Anyways in humor you are the king. How can you be turfed out?

The Fool said...

Thanks a lot, Bushra.

Kiran Acharya said...

Hilarious post. It would be fun they actually make these apps.

Rachna said...

hahaha This was a delightful read! Arnab's app can keep hammering, "The Nation needs to know why you did not vote till now." Delightful ideas there. Wish someone could implement them. I hope this post wins! My vote is with you :). Good luck to you.

Seeta said...

Loved the Arnab and Himesh apps :) nobody will have the patience to tolerate arnab's voice, they will def. vote! :P

Seeta said...

Oh yes all the best for the contest! :)

Vijay Prabhu said...

Nice and excellent entry, will surely download ANGRY VOTERS whenever it comes online :) best of luck for the contest

The Fool said...

Thanks Kiran. It would be indeed.

The Fool said...

Thanks Rachna. I should have possibly included that line as well in my post.

The Fool said...

Thanks Seeta.

The Fool said...

That is what I thought.

The Fool said...

Thanks a lot, Vijay. Maybe I should develop angry Voter game.

indu chhibber said...

AWESOME --a refreshing change on the topic.
And Arnab howler --i would love to hear it!
All the best to you and Happy New Year too.

The Fool said...

Thanks Indu. Wish you too a very happy new year.

Ashwini C N said...

Loved the preventive measures the most, The Arnab app was spot on :-) Good luck!

The Fool said...

Thanks a lot, Ashwini.

Canary said...

Too good, imagining people phones playing himesh's songs and shouting in Arnab's voice.. hilarious! :D

The Fool said...

Thanks Canary.

Deepa Roy Chowdhury said...

That was something!! Loved it....

The Fool said...

Thanks Deepa.

desiherald said...

A wild post indeed, it's too good, I have become your fan instantly. In fact I have written about couple of somewhat similar points but its all too serious I cannot believe it could be punned across so damn hilariously. Loved reading it completely. All the best

The Fool said...

Thanks a lot, desiherald.

Deepa said...

Oh if only these really get implemented! Himesh alone has the power to make sure that people vote!!! :)

The Fool said...

Thanks Deepa. Good to see you on my blog.

DS said...

Haha!! Loved this, some apps these would be if they were actually conceptualized!!

The Fool said...

Thanks DS. Good to see you here. Did you check the nostalgia ones before this one?

Jyotsna Bhatia said...

Haha.. Awsome .. Loved the ideas :)

The Fool said...

Thanks Jyotsna.

umashankar said...

That was exhilarating like a quickfire T-20 game! I thoroughly enjoyed the satire, Karthik. Next time you take up the matter, do put in an app to take care booth-capturing too.

The Fool said...

Thanks USP. That would have indeed been an interesting App.

Anita said...

Really wonderful! What a cool imagination! Great Apps!
Hope they create these, if not for this election, at least for the next election!
Congrats for winning :)

i NumeroUnity said...

Many many congrats Karthik! Yay!

The Fool said...

Thanks a lot, Anita.

The Fool said...

Thanks a lot, Ekta.

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