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.

Sunday, 23 December 2012


It is now seven days to the gangrape in a moving bus in the national capital. All the accused are in custody. The victim is in hospital and continues to be critical.

The outrage and protests are growing more localized while the government’s tone is getting more and more political.

To sum-up all the action, till now, has been more in the domain of rhetoric. Also, whatever that has been proposed by the supposedly national leaders (not on acceptance barometer but on their tag of being the union ministers), is just an eyewash aimed at immediate measures to quell the growing voice of demonstrators.

Mr. Shinde, your government talks about forming task force to monitor security of women in Delhi; it brags about implementing measures like increasing frequency of buses in night, installation of GPS, mandatory ID cards for public transport personnel, enhanced patrolling on busy routes, to name a few.

Other stakeholders, too, have put efforts to look doing their bit. Five special courts are coming up after the winter vacation to deal with rape cases. Sheila Dikshit had tears on almost every channel denouncing the irresponsible and insensitive policing though no one can say what is preventing her to send the victim abroad for treatment after making a flash about it in the media.

The protesters have continued and have strengthened their run (hope they continue with it in a peaceful way). Media was always ready to act socially responsible once the Gujarat election was over. And so, after December 20, the day of the counting of votes for the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly polls, it has been on the full throttle to promote and permeate the issue.

Delhi and Delhi gangrape is all across. And it ensures this case is going to see some swift action taken.

But the irony is, Delhi is not India and India is just not about Delhi. Rape cases and gender crimes are a pan-India catastrophe that no one is talking about.

The real problem is the tendency to treat this case or any other similar case as standalone exigencies.

And in this case, too, the developments are increasingly indicating this only. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -