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, 10 February 2013

TO 2014: RAHUL GANDHI VS NARENDRA MODI – WHERE RAHUL STILL SCORES

Extending from:

TO 2014: NARENDRA MODI VS RAHUL GANDHI – WHERE MODI SCORES

http://severallyalone.blogspot.in/2013/02/to-2014-narendra-modi-vs-rahul-gandhi.html  

There are still some points where Rahul Gandhi scores:

BETTER ACCEPTABILITY OF THE CONGRESS PARTY IN THE ERA OF COALITION POLITICS

In a time, when the next general election outcome is probably going to be a hung assembly, the Congress party may secure more partners than the BJP if both the parties win seats in a similar range. Here, BJP’s record of communal politics is certainly going to hurt its chances.

FACTIONISM AND MULTIPLE POWER CENTRES: BJP’S INABILITY TO CASH ON THE DEVELOPMENTS

It is a common observation of analysts that had it been for a united and oriented opposition, the UPA government would have collapsed much earlier. The second term of the UPA has been an utter failure with scams and price-rises running riots. The coalition, too, has seen many near-collapse events with an important ally, the Trinamool Congress, walking out.

Also, just not within the BJP, but in the overall NDA, there are many power centres who don’t accept a dominating political personality like Narendra Modi. The reason is simple – either they harbour their own prime-ministerial ambitions or they feel Modi would never allow them to grow in stature like he has done with other politicians of his ilk in Gujarat.

Had it not been for internal different in BJP and within the larger NDA, the UPA government could not have survived for so long.

The similar reasons could still help the Congress party and the UPA given the fact the Modi is not acceptable to some of the major NDA names.


MODI’S LARGER POLITICAL ACCEPTABILITY? 

Modi is, as the developments say, is the only winning card in the NDA fold but there is a big BUT on his acceptability as the prime-ministerial candidate. Allies like the JDU fear erosion in Muslim vote bank while others like the Shiv Sena (or even the RSS) fear Modi’s absolute domination making others irrelevant like he has done in Gujarat.

If projecting Modi breaks the coalition, the upcoming election would be a more open arena with more maneuverability.

The blurred or malleable lines of the coalitions would make things difficult for Modi if the BJP doesn’t score a convincing edge over the Congress party in next Lok Sabha elections. In such a situation, it again comes to who scores what.

Outside NDA, Modi’s image of a hardliner makes him almost untouchable to the major regional political players like the Left parties, the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and others who do a sort of ‘ideology politics’ (like the Left Front)’ or who do the ‘Muslim vote bank’ politics (the other two). The list with similar political compulsions with other political outfits who matter electorally doesn’t end here. And in the age of coalition politics, such outfits call shots in case of hung voting pattern.

AND A PERSONAL ASPECT OF RAHUL – THE ‘UNEXPLORED’, THE POSSIBLE ‘UNEXPECTED’

Rahul has been unable to make a mark in the politics yet. He has failed to win elections. He has failed to win hearts. He has failed to identify and align his thought process with the public sentiments when it mattered like the Lokpal issue or the Delhi gangrape.

Yet, there remains a remote possibility, based on how he had begun in politics – an unorthodox approach. He tried to create a way of his own brand of politics. He sounded sincere. But somehow, on the way, the progress derailed. The unorthodox tone sounded more like an empty rhetoric.

But like the short duration of Rahul’s active career in politics, the derailment, too, is of a short duration of four years, if we take the Kalawati speech as a course-change point, from unorthodox to routine.

Should the country expect that Rahul is going through an experimental phase of political initiation and the widespread criticism would draw him to embrace and adopt the style of politics he practiced in the pre-Kalawati speech time?

Would Rahul come to realize that he needed to explore more the path he began with?

It is a question that no one can answer, not even Rahul Gandhi. But it is the only ‘possible personal positive’ that can give him an edge over the ‘political personality’ Narendra Modi.

The ‘goings’ say the country should not expect it. Would Rahul give it the unexpected? 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com/