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As long as ECI is not ready for a transparent audit, irrespective of the results, EVM controversy will continue!
36 Stratagems is a collection of warfare wisdom that was derived over many centuries of inter-state conflict within China.

The 11th stratagem is "Sacrifice a Plum Tree to Save a Peach Tree"

Alternatively "Give up a Pawn to Save a Chariot"
In war, losses are inevitable. In some sense, losses are chosen and smaller losses are preferable to larger ones. This can be done with a strategic intent, where letting enemy win a small battle may make them careless, for example where they chase a fleeing force into an ambush.
You cannot win them all, so ensure the ones you win are the important ones by ensuring the ones you lose are the unimportant ones.

Accept a small loss in order to make a greater gain.
Make deliberate sacrifices to lull the enemy into a false sense of superiority such that they become careless.

Allow hills to be taken. Let small towns fall. Focus your troops on the bigger fish. Fight hard for that which gains you most.
You can also use this approach to lure them away from strategic places.

If they think they can win an easy battle then they will likely take this choice rather than an uncertain one.
Now come back to the question of EVM tampering.

Go back to the era of ballot boxes and booth capturing was there.

Did they need to capture every booth in a constituency to alter the votes in their favour? And did they need to do in every constituency and every election?
I do not understand how EVM's helped to reduce booth capturing? The reduced speed of recording votes is the only defense.

But it is on the belief that booth capturer's patience is so thin 😉

Better deterrence is possible now through live feeding & other means rather than EVM
Then after every election where opposition wins or get an edge, ECI fan boys will taunt us with sermons and joke us, in their lexicon conspiracy theorists, to shut up!

We seen this in the case of Aadhaar, the blind faith in technology, is nothing but anti-science!
Let me make it clear that EVM is not a cult symbol of a religion to owe blind faith on it!

Willingness to admit ignorance has made modern science more dynamic, supple and inquisitive than any previous tradition of knowledge.

"WE DO NOT KNOW EVERYTHING" helped science to grow!
Science unlike religion never cling or stops at belief or faith.

If it was, physics would have freezed with Newton's classical equations and never leapfrog to quantum mechanics!

Science seek evidence and not cover up!
As long as ECI is not ready for an independent, transparent audit of the EVM technology, EVM upkeep and maintenance and hide behind the argument that since its standalone, its invincible, every student of science will question the EVMs.

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