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, 17 December 2012



Uttar Pradesh is his battlefield of political soul-searching. Apart from being the family legacy of the political history of the Nehru-Gandhi family, this most populous but economically backward state is also the state with the highest representation in the Indian Parliament.

Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) being on the margins, Rahul’s main opposition here is Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party (SP) and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Rahul had to search and claim his political ground away from these two political outfits.

But, ironically, these two political outfits, owing to their selfish agenda, have been instrumental in saving the UPA government at many occasions, be it the No-Confidence Motion of 2008 or the Lokpal debate last year or the recent discussion and voting on the retail FDI.

You are targeting Mulayam and Mayawati in Uttar Pradesh while your party is doing backdoor dealings with them – saying something and doing contrary to it - it has become the norm with the Indian politicians of the day – but it was not certainly expected from the politician in Rahul Gandhi.

The ‘politician with a difference’ should have never done it. Rahul criticizes SP government for U-turn on computer education. Rahul blames Mayawati for miserable situation of Dalits. And his party led central government acts with their active support. A major chunk of Rahul’s ‘pro-Dalit’ sentiment is based on anti-Mayawati politics. Yet Mayawati has become the ultimate in-thing for the UPA government these days after she voted for the government in the Rajya Sabha on retail FDI while Mulayam is hell-bent on killing the ‘Promotion Quota Bill’.

Yes, it is politics of compulsion and doing such compromises have hurt chances of Rahul. His grand old party has been engaged in unethical political business believing in the new-found dictum (of old origin) that there is nothing unethical in politics (politicians proudly say there is no permanent friend or foe in politics) and Rahul has seldom looked to react on such practices.

It is true he cannot do these things publicly but given the clout he has in the Congress party, he could have certainly brought positive changes to its functioning. That would be visible certainly.  But the congress party is still the same party blamed so-often for being anti-democratic. In fact, Rahul now looks settled to promote the grand old way of functioning of the grand old party of India.

Rahul’s political career is too short and the name of the ‘Gandhi family’ is not sacrosanct anymore. Even then it is big enough to give a platform and what he needed to do was to take bold and politically unorthodox decisions to claim the top political position.

That track he seemed to have lost by now. Yes, given the political equations and the poor and shabby political opposition, he has all the chances to become the prime minister in future, if not in 2014, but then, he will be just yet another politician forced on the Indian masses and not loved by them.

Rahul needs to ponder over these:

Didn’t the Mahatma’s teachings (Rahul said in a Gujarat rally that the Mahatma was his role-model) tell him to practice ‘walk the talk’, something that the Mahatma always maintained?

Didn’t following the Mahatma tell our next prime-ministerial candidate that he must truly know the India across its length and breadth first?

Didn’t reading the Mahatma tell Rahul Gandhi that personal integrity is all and the country’s first family must come clean on corruption allegations instead of blatantly doing cover-ups something done audaciously in Robert Vadra’s case of inappropriate land acquisitions?

Now only Rahul can tell us if the country has still the chances to get back in Rahul the ‘politician with a difference’. That would, indeed, be the only political soul-searching for him.

His potato and computer anecdotes would self-correct then and the masses would find the Connect that both, the politician and masses, seek.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -