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.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013


Rahul Gandhi has spoken, once again – for us, for you, for me, for everyone 'concerned' (and not 'concerned').

And, ‘we, the stupid Indians’, fail to understand him once again.

And, ‘we, the stupid Indians’, rush to criticise him once again.

And, ‘we, the stupid Indians’, miss the opportunity to get our lives levitated once again.

Silly, miserable, creatures we are!

We do not want to come out of the shackles of poverty and ignorance no matter how hard our dear politicians toil.

Here come some golden words, once again, showing the intent and the efforts, from one of our future prime-ministerial nominees – the scion of the ‘crowned first political family’ of India and the only hope (if at all) of the grand old party of India, Congress, Mr. Rahul Gandhi, who believes in speaking out selectively (obviously, to hit the target more precisely).

Let’s see what his selectivity has brought us this time. During an event in Allahabad, Rahul Gandhi reportedly said (as put in the words of the organizers of the event - as the media reports say):

“Poverty is just a state of mind. It does not mean the scarcity of food, money or material things. If one possesses self-confidence, then one can overcome poverty.”

So philosophical, so proverbial, so poetic, isn’t it?

And so metaphorical, the Rahul Gandhi way! O Beehive! O Beehive!

And bravo! If it is indeed true, if Rahul proposed so, it solves the problems of hundreds of millions of Indians struggling daily to make the ends meet (and could be effectively extended to the billions of the poor living in different pockets of the world).

So simply, so subtly, he is giving us the solution to one of the most pressing problems of Indians (not of India) – POVERTY!

Just follow Mr. Gandhi and start believing that you are not poor and see the miracle happening, like we have been believing in voting for this or that politician from the same set of political formation in India hoping (against the hope like running after a mirage) that the next fellow would work for why he was voted in the office.  

No doubt then we have policymakers like Montek Singh Ahluwalia and a prime minister like Manmohan Singh in this government who ‘work’ to make us ‘confident’ when they proclaim the UPA government has reduced poverty by this or that many million headcounts by sighting Poverty Line figures hovering around Rs. 30 a day.

No doubt that driven by such a luminous thought process the Congress party spokespersons are already on the job, taking pain to reduce the pangs of poverty by making millions below the Poverty Line self-confident that they are not poor.

We rush to criticise a Rashid Masood or a Raj Babbar for saying that one can have a one-time meal in Rs. 5 or Rs. 12 but we fail to see the underlying philosophy and the wisdom behind such statements.

Poor us! They are taking so much of pain in making us self-aware and self-confident by telling us to change our mindset.

Mindset change, the toughest quest to have! And our dear politicians are putting their sincere efforts in this hard-work.

Hearing is Believing! Shouldn’t we follow that!

So enlightening has become the overall political atmosphere of the country that irrespective of party (ideology is long dead) affiliations, every politician looks to follow the similarly placed sentiments on solutions to the miseries of ‘we, the Indians’.

Yes, India, being a diverse country with many cultures, dialects and languages, the expressions may vary and may sound culturally rude for some, but we should understand such a ‘learned’ and ‘practical’ philosophy attached with the words of our dear politicians.

If there is some problem, a pressing need, try and forget it and try to move on. If someone is hungry and has no means to buy a meal the person should believe he is not hungry and slowly his hunger will fade away.

Change mindset folks, mindset!

But pity us! We are, yet again, criticising Rahul Gandhi (and so, deterring our other caring politicians spread across the different political parties.)

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -