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.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012


It was strange. I had not expected this sort of humility and gentlemen demeanor by the front benchers among our representatives. Aren’t ministers the front bench lot spreading the halo of the political class of the country? Only that they were more concentrated not on the front bench but under the desk this time as they had to carry out some urgent assignment. 

But then such saint-natured figures are found in abundance in every layer of the society.

Devoted representatives of the people they were, they had taken them to the task they had been assigned to by one of their colleagues. Incidentally they were in receipt of some video clip of gangrape and were examining it (that was their first line of defence but silly, they had to change it, blame it on the political conspiracy- double whammy for our elected priests who inhabit the temples of a ‘demo’cracy) – and what did we do with them – we castigated them as some ‘immoral’ courtesans - not understanding their commitment and the sense of multitasking.

I had expected they would put a brave face like the ND Tiwaris, like some ministers of Uttar Pradesh facing rape allegations, like some levitated figures like Swami Nityanand, like some more BJP stalwarts of Karnataka, like the stars of the rugged as Kalmadis, Sukhrams and Rajas have been, like the stars of the high like Pradeep Maharathys, Mahipal Madernas and Malkhan Bishnois and many such likes from among the larger political and ‘religious-spiritual’ class in defending till end their birthright to cling to the cushy premium wooden chairs in the isles of the temples of a ‘demo’cracy. They happily weather this 'burden' and can continued with it even in the afterlife. After all, public service needs sacrifices .

But strangely, the saint-figures decided to tender their resignation just a day after putting up the brave face that even if they watched porn, they didn’t commit any sin putting up different theories to justify. It was strange the way they resigned to the political opponents.  What could have been the compulsion bigger than serving the public?

Now where are we going to get replacement of such hard-working multitasking fellows? That is the reason Indian politics is not growing. It doesn't understand the value of the manpower.

It was strange, that a party like the BJP so easily asked these hard working folks to go, accepting all the demands of the opposition parties. But the final action depends on the probe report of the issue. That may be an opportunity for our taskmasters to breathe easy as such probe reports have their own pace to pace up and pace down.   

See, sometimes, we don’t value precious manpower hands like these and face the consequences. In the recent episode, the Indian polity lost three dedicated hands – working for women and child empowerment, promoting cooperatives and science and technology.

They followed in the foot-steps of the likes of Haratalu Halappa who was forced to quit after allegations of raping his friend’s wife. Instead, they should have taken the road often used (tried and tested) as Karnataka’s Excise Minister MP Renukacharya found after he faced allegations of sexually harassing a girl.

India cannot afford to have consistency in recurrence of such strange incidents. Here what is not strange is a strangulated girl who has lost her speech after she was gangraped last November. ‘Pipli’ is one of the most trending words these days but no one can say if the girl is going to get the justice. FIR was registered on January 9, 42 days later, after intervention of the high court. It was not strange, when the girl was initially not tested for rape as big names were involved.

It is equally not strange when the Odisha CM keeps mum on action on the legislator and muscleman Pradeep Maharathy, accused of shielding the accused and influencing the case probe. He is in esteemed company of the Karnataka CM. The only difference is, while the Odisha CM preferred to keep mum on a 'trivial issue', the Karnataka CM came up with a bizarrely genuine explanation on the use of taxpayers money for the Mangalore event that was more of a genuine rave party.  

It is not strange in India when yet another school-going kid is thrown out of the school for being HIV positive though he is healthy and non-infectious as happened in Madurai.

It is not strange in India when policemen strip and brutally beat someone in the name of interrogation as they did today in Dehradun.

It is not strange in India when thousands of girls like Falak and Lakshmi lose their childhood trapped in the human trafficking web.

It is not strange in India when a state’s information technology minister is a class Xth fail. 

It is not strange in India when a state has a category like homoeopathy medicines ministry. 

It is not strange in India when a state’s education minister goes absconding after facing allegations of using impersonator for clearing class Xth exams that he took while in the office. 

It is not strange in India when irregularities are found in class Xth answer sheets of J&K’s Education Minister.

What is strange is the voice raising demand of probity in such cases. We need to understand that under the intense pressure of multitasking and managing many fronts, there might be some misses. After all rulers need to be in the separate class. How can they allow themselves to be equated with the cattle class? And, how can we, the cattle class, this so? 

Lakshman Savadi, CC Patil and Krishna Palemar – though you have resigned under pressure, keep on fighting. India has had a glorious tradition of multitaskers fighting and winning elections from jail. We should believe in Laxman Savadi’s yet another explanation that he was trying to get some knowledge and insight on rave parties as the Karnataka Assembly was debating controversy on the Mangalore rave party.

When, we as a growing ‘demo’cracy’ would understand the difference between multitasking and ‘tasking’ politicians.

We need to act soon. :) 

Lest, the ‘demo’cracy become the harbour of the ‘demo’crazy!

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -