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, 6 January 2013


That the Indian politics has become debased was a well-known fact, but, now it has started stinking. And the developments say it is slipping beyond the point of redemption. Now when we say such hopeless words about something?

Such a point of despair comes when we find that any possible hope of redemption is fading. And that is happening in India. We are staring at a void of honest, moral and upright politicians who could be the change-agents for reform.

The way the Indian politics has handled and is handling the horror of the Delhi gangrape, now a globally discussed issue, tells us that the rot is across the political spectrum.

No political party can claim to be sincere and pro-people given the way they have acted. Even if we don’t go by assessing their day-to-day attitude summary after the gangrape, a simple effort to gauge their sensitivity by the statements made by some of the politicians clearly tells us how brazen and indifferent they have become.

The following bunch of politicians has made sexist remarks, preaching how a woman should behave, alleging them for rapes, only in order to prove their gender superiority. It is of no use to write their highhandedness here to spoil this space. A simple googling with the search-key including ‘name of the politician + Delhi gangrape + comment’ would give you all.

Sharad Yadav – Janta Dal (United)
Mohan Bhagwat – Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
Vibha Rao – Bhartiya Janta Party
Anisur Rahman – Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Abhijit Mukherjee – Indian National Congress
Sanjay Nirupam – Indian National Congress
Kailash VijayVargiya – Bhartiya Janta Party
Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar – Trinamool Congress
Botsa Satyanarayana – Indian National Congress
Banwari Lal Singhal - Bhartiya Janta Party
Shafiquar Rahman – Bahujan Samaj Party

And given below are some of the politicians who have made, if not sexist and gender-biased remarks, have, nonetheless, made statements that is like rubbing salt on the wounds. The dignitaries are:

Raj Thackeray (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena): politically motivated speech when he used the horror of the Delhi gangrape to further his separatist agenda by blaming Bihari migrants for Delhi gangrape

Manmohan Singh (Indian National Congress): delayed and mechanical speech; the ‘theek hai’ faux pas during the speech couldn’t rectify anything

Sushil Kumar Shinde (Indian National Congress): delayed response and autocratically irresponsible attitude that reflected in his words, like ‘comparing protesters with Maoists’

Sheila Dikshit (Indian National Congress): like always, all big but hollow words, sent away by the protesters, one among many of her political motives was blaming migrants for Delhi crimes; the "it's okay" gaffe after reading the statement was a nature’s tribute

Also, Manmohan, Sheila and Shinde are among the politicians and the administrative officers who are to share the blame for irresponsible delays in the treatment of the Delhi gangrape victim.

See! Can you exclude any existing political outfit from the den of indifferent politicians with a colonial mindset of discrimination and feudalism? Okay, there are few other political outfits that matter at regional level (like Samajwadi Party, DMK, AIADMK, TDP, BJD and so on), but their case, too, evident by a simple attitude summary analysis and their political history, is not different from those listed here when we see the role of politics in building a free, Just and uniform society.

And the Delhi gangrape is not the only testimony to the misplaced and ill-thoughts acts of the Indian politics. They are a plenty. They have for decades delayed the necessary legislations like the Women Reservation Bill or the Lokpal Bill while at the same time, have colluded to promote caste and religion divide by fueling talks of caste and religion based Reservation in order to gain cheap political mileage of vote-bank politics.

India should have moved much earlier to an income-based Reservation system from the existing caste-based Reservation system to realize the full potential of a really good social affirmative action plan. But we have lost that opportunity now, thanks to the political class of the country.

India, as a country, is in urgent need of political redemption. The stink is getting more and more intolerable, reaching to the point beyond the point of tolerance.

The spontaneous and self-sustained protests over the Delhi gangrape are the telling signs. But the political class is not reading it.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -