The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Monday, 24 December 2012


The Delhi gangrape case is being handled in the similar mode with similar intent reducing it to the impact level of a localized issue. Every measure being talked about is Delhi-specific. There have been many gangrape cases after the Delhi gangrape on December 16. They have been reported from cities from across the India - Guwahati, Muzaffarnagar, Jaipur, Shamli, Bharuch, Mahasamund, Tuticorin, Siliguri, Saharsha, Rampur, Sitapur – (add to them some more cases from metros like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata).

But have we heard growing voices on implementing the similar measures like Delhi in these cities?  


Cases that stir the whole nation or a large segment of it are the potential flickers that can set a remedy process in action. The beginning is already there, the standalone cases tell us. But the need to bring a positive change on the larger scale of mindset and hence in governance needs a chain reaction where one such standalone case simultaneously prompts demand for action and reform in different other cases.

Why can’t the policymakers implement security measures like increased frequency of public transportation, public display of the identification proof of the personnel manning them, active women helpline in every city, special courts and day-to-day hearing in every rape case throughout the country as they are promising for Delhi now?

Whenever a rape case like the Delhi gangrape gets wider coverage, we see some action on ground by the protesters and a hyperactive media but an insolvent and lip-servicing political class reduces the scope of the issue rendering it a localized one and the protests either die in some days or no one cares about the follow-up of what was promised.

The way politicians are dealing with the Delhi gangrape protests tells us the same aspect. They had almost four days in the winter session of the Parliament to enact a law with tougher penal action but they didn't do it. The government is refusing to hold a special session of the Parliament to amend the law. Rather it is busy in forcefully suppressing the young protesters resorting to the silly sounding means like shutting Delhi Metro stations or imposing Section 144 in certain parts of Delhi.

Mr. Manmohan and Mr. Shinde, they are your very own people who have voted thrice for your party in the Delhi assembly elections.

On a wider canvas, it is not about the death sentence. It is about rationalizing the legal course in cases of rape and introducing intimidating penal action keeping in mind the victim and not the accused. Anything that intimidates must be introduced now and the greater emphasis should be put on the implementation factor.

And, it is not just about Delhi. It has not to be. Localizing an issue of national significance, this shortcut approach has always dented any possibility of change that any of the public movement had created.

This time, too, we seemed to have missed the bus. 

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