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.

Thursday, 23 January 2014


Civilizations! Societies! Contradictions! Barbarism! Insanity! Savagery!
Again and again!
Complicity, explicit or implicit, an essential part of it!

In West Bengal’s Birbhum district, a 20-year old woman was punished with gang rape by 13 men.

Her crime: she was in a relationship with a man outside her tribe/community.

Punishment: The couple was ordered to pay fine, some say Rs. 25,000, some say Rs. 50,000, but that is irrelevant here. After the couple said it was unable to pay such a hefty amount, the village chief, the head of the Panchayat (village court) ordered she be gang raped while her partner was tied up to a pole in the village square. The village head headed the bunch of 13 who were ordered to extract the quantum of punishment from the couple (especially from the girl).

This incident, from a backward district like Birbhum of a backward state like West Bengal, is not a standalone incident. Rapes and killings by Panchayats (and by the societies) have been taking human lives (more specifically women lives) in India.

This incident, a direct replication of what we have seen so many times in Indian movies of all languages, is a real-life horror story of many Indias that are dying in the world’s largest democracy.

This incident, from a tribal dominated region of India, is one of the countless incidents of gender crimes perpetrated by the feudalism of male psyche.

And such incidents are not limited to the culturally and economically backward regions like this, they are uniformly distributed even to the metro cities like Delhi and Mumbai, reports and gender crime data from the National Crime Records Bureau say.  

India is known as a land of diversity, but at least, there is one universally, uniformly, distributed aspect of it - its megalomaniac composition of the male domination psyche. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -