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.

Saturday 31 March 2012


“These lives have been caught in the crossfire between the Maoists and the state. Certain sections of the government and bureaucracy conveniently tag them as collateral damage and scoff at the idea of compensating them for their suffering.”

‘Condemned as the collateral damage’ - a cover story titled ‘My name is NOT red’ on the alleged ‘Naxal’ prisoners in the magazine ‘The Week’ quotes some sections of the government machinery saying this on the plight of the tribal people trapped in the battle between the estranged bedfellows of the revolutionary reform ideology, the Maoist thought, and an equally estranged State with loads of ‘Peepli Live’ politicians and bureaucrats, ill-informed and ‘comfortably’ unaware of the ground realities.

Naxals/Maoists may be a case in point in a democracy that India is (and certainly there are other victimized groups), but treating human lives as the ‘collateral damage’ abounds the present and the past of the human civilization.

The global stage - It has been happening all around the world. Any surge of rightful or ill-intended protest claims lives of scores of the ordinary people. And when the protests become armed and specifically targeted against the state, this so-called ‘collateral damage’ just gets bigger and acquires brutal dimensions. So if Prabhakaran and Muammar Gaddafi had brutal ends so was the case with the thousands of the ordinary Srilankan Tamils and the Libyans who had no role to play in these wars except to serve as the statistical paradigms of who was advancing and who was falling.

Revolutions/uprisings in the name of positive change for the ordinary men - every protest is for them and they seldom get anything in the end. It happened in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and many other countries – where – one after the other ‘revolution’ just changed the faces running the tyrannies. Except Tunisia, all other countries are witnessing chaos and absence of control with ‘real’ chances of the next phase of the civil war. Continued killing of Syrians in Bashar al-Assad’s Syria is a slap on the face of the international geopolitics. Liberia, which gave the world two ‘Peace Nobel’ Laureates last year, is staring at another civil war after seeing dictators like Charles Taylor.

(It is the present scenario; past of the global geopolitics is no different either!)

International community is weighing options before intervening in Syria as it did in case of Egypt and Libya; as it did in case of many dictatorial regimes across the world. Tens of thousands died and the international community allowed the condition to worsen before the intervention came. Every such case rightfully deserved intervention after it was observed in the early phases that the continued ‘wait and watch’ policy was going to see many more dead. The same thing is happening in Syria and Bahrain right now.

The argument that has been – arming the opposition or military intervention might bring a sort of catastrophe with magnified destruction scale – and so accept the mounting figures of the dead – as the ‘collateral damage’. What bullshit!

Namecalling, stereotyping and using ‘them’ as the ‘reminders’ of the consequence of raising voice – by the so-called ‘revolutionaries’; by the opponents of these revolutionaries – the state; and sometimes, by the thugs fanning religious and sectarian riots.

And back in our own courtyard, the same sentiment prevails.

It has been ‘the’ sordid tale of misplaced priorities and poor understanding of the ground realities. The story mentioned above begins with some case studies where innocent tribal people were incarcerated for months and years on just whims and fancies of the security forces. Thousands are still languishing in jails. Those freed by the courts after going through the horrors of the ghettos that the Indian jails are, didn’t get any compensation; neither the State has any provision to take their very own people in its fold, for, their continued marginalization serves the interests of the ‘Peepli Live’ politicians and bureaucrats of the State as well as of their own opinion leaders, who after gaining the political ground riding on the support of ‘these very marginalized’ people, conveniently allow the state to co-opt them, in order to fill their coffers.

The result – mounting figures on this ‘collateral damage’ – according to the South Asia Terrorism Portal, over two thousand civilians have lost their lives in the Left Wing Extremism in India since 2005. Their count is bigger than the other two categories – security force personnel and the Naxals/Maoists. In total, the Left Wing Extremism has taken over 5600 lives since 2005.

What is worrying is these figures don’t include the human lives lost and incarcerated either by the Naxals/Maoists, who have lost the track behaving like goons, and by the State. These figures run in tens of thousands. Seldom it happens when some atrocity on the tribal people or the activists working for them gets due attention. Not every case is like Dr. Binayak Sen, Himanshu Kumar, Valsa John or Kobad Ghandy.

A lame government cannot decisively act on the Naxal penance; neither has it the foresight to bring them to the mainstream. Remember, the Indian Republic is now over 62 years old. So the status quo continues. Maoist goons continue with their run; government continues with its inactivity.

Be it India or countries like Syria - human lives continue to suffer.

Collateral Damage of the human lives continues to rise.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -  

Friday 30 March 2012

Love always it remains..

My love was absolute
Only that you couldn’t see
My love is complete
Only that is longs for we
I know what went wrong
Do you feel you feel the feel?
Now after this long
Do you say we couldn’t take it?
As I feel the way we had to make it
Years when I came to know you
A life centered around you
In my deepest of thoughts where
No one else goes but you
Don’t you feel you had to be?
When all I had was my commitment
What all I did was for your advent
Was my being plain honest so fake looking?
Were my ways so repulsing?          
That you found me all so disturbing
It was a long time ago
I had written it while on the go
You came to my life never to go
That was the day, this is the day
I feel the same feel, every night, all day
I know I was a stupid fellow
Unknowingly hitting my life to the willow
When I saw you going away
When I didn’t have the choice,
To call you back that day
I had thought,
My commitment would speak
I had thought,
The dependence of an independent on you,
Would take a different streak
You had been all important to me,
And I know it still remains the same,
And I honestly tried,
To realize it week after week 
Love actually it was
Love always it remains..

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -   

Wednesday 28 March 2012

Kneeling before..

Individually, we all have our very own circle of values. The flow of life has a tendency to throw questions creating ripples in the circle. But being human is being the ‘evolved’ one and thus we question the questions keeping the faith kneeling before it. It may be some tough soul-searching or just looking for the momentary relief to let the event of the crisis pass. This faith may be the God or the Almighty, or the Antithesis to any such Entity, or the Value System, or the Self-confidence, or simple the Chaos of Life. It is present in every life yet remains undefined and there lies its beauty. The subtle reflex of the ‘being’ of the faith gives it the survivability space.

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Tuesday 27 March 2012


Sometime, I wish to make something so big
That I realize it is where I need to have my jig

Sometime, I wish to make something so bright
That I realize it was always going to be alright

Sometime, I wish to make something just unique
That I realize it was always an unparallel pick


Sometime, I wish to make something so normal
That I realize it never happened to be formal

Sometime, I wish to make something so next-door
That I realize it was that known missing metaphor

Sometime, I wish to make something so routine
That I realize it was me in the days gone unseen

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -      

Monday 26 March 2012


After writing regularly on Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement and on the incumbent traits of the stakeholders involved, i.e., the common Indian on the street, the political class and the media, I decided to take a break thanks to the disappointing show by the so-called ‘Team Anna’ that began last year and climaxed in the anti-climax of December 2011.  

And I still don’t see any significant introspection even if the media eyes showed a Jantar Mantar packed with supporters amply amplified in long-panning shots. And there are valid reasons for me to reason like that:

  • The dismantling force of the movement, the so-called 'tiny' ‘civil society’, still remains the same plainly overlooking the urgent need of reform to go ahead to become a truly representational ‘civil society’ group with members from across the country.
  • More ironically, what we saw yesterday was present even today, and in a more pathetic form – the verbose ‘Team Anna’.
  • Away from the dignified semblance that the movement needed desperately, it continued to harp on theatrics of the verbal duel with words like ‘looters, goondas, rapists, dacoits, thieves’ for the members of the Parliament. Such practices ultimately fly back in the face of the person using them. And to compound the debacle ratio, there has been this, the dismal performance of Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement in terms of the ground level mobilization of the masses.
And like it has been happening, after the high points of the April and August fasts last year, the lost focus of the movement, even this time, was written everywhere.

  • The daylong symbolic fast was to show solidarity with the whistleblowers’ families who have lost their members fighting the malaise of corruption but, soon, it was completely defocused engaging in frontal verbal attack politicians. Whistleblowers went somewhere in the background and anti-Jan Lokpal politicians dominated the psyche of those present on the dais. And so we had the same old worn-out, expected, agenda-driven verbal volleys. (Arvind Kejriwal needs some immediate mental rehabilitation!)
Like many other illogical steps in the past, Anna said he would collaborate with Ramdev for further protests.

  • Now Ramdev’s commercial and political ambitions are out in open and he may be anyone but an anti-corruption crusader. Anna’s comment, that if the corrupt politicians can forge alliance to derail the Jan Lokpal, why can’t we to fight back, is not acceptable. Anna has once again committed the mistake of undermining the values that give any mass movement the credibility it needs – no spots, an unblemished record to stand any scrutiny. (And ‘Team Anna’ already has a controversial record on many fronts now!) Being political in such a fight is strategic but adopting ways of the politicians of the day in fighting them is like committing harakiri.
  • Oh! dear ‘complacency’ – yes, the mood of the likes of Arvind Kejriwal looked upbeat as they saw the swelling crowd at Jantar Mantar yesterday. Probably that was the sole reason that gave them liberty to become loose cannons and target the politicians again (yes, most of the politicians deserves regular scrutiny but the way ‘Team Anna’ is doing it now tells more of a personal vendetta).
Some more deadlines – and some extended deadlines! (And no clarity on what would be the next step!)

  • There is one about political targeting during the Delhi assembly election due next year. Then there is the ‘grand’ deadline of Jan Lokpal that now expires in 2014. And at the same time, Anna also warns the government to pass it in the ongoing Budget session. Finally there is this recent one – ‘Jail Bharo’ in August if the promises are not met. (Confusion, confusion – isn’t it?)
Donning the urban spectacle, while handling a movement that required hinterland access, too, was the ultimate nemesis of the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare.

  • And Sunday’s fast at Jantar Mantar tells us they are still living with that mindset. The illogical appeal to the people to form 15-member committees in different areas and discuss issues with ‘Team Anna’ through the website interface is absolute rubbish. This is not the way mass movements on ‘nation building issues’ are handled.
  • It is not about few thousands of ‘Sunday in CP’ loving Delhi crowd but it is about the millions of the Indians who are crushed daily by the corrupt political and bureaucratic machinery.
The anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare needed to realize it in the very beginning. They couldn’t. And Sunday’s events tell they have lost the plot.

I don’t deny of the presence of serious protesters in the crowd but they would certainly have felt let-down by the evening. You don’t fight mass movements with impulsive attitude.

And it is equally true that in-spite of all the debacles and controversies, the name Anna Hazare still echoes in the Indian psyche as an anti-corruption symbol. And so, he was at it again.

Sunday’s fast was for whistleblowers after the recent murder incident of the IPS officer Narendra Kumar in Madhya Pradesh and Anna Hazare’s call on it mobilized people to be there at Jantar Mantar to identify with the cause of the whistleblowers’ families.

Then why the likes of the Arvind Kejriwal were allowed to give the event an anti-climax again by the evening giving the political class another day to take rest from doing serious real job a Parliament is expected to do.


What Anna Hazare had intended to do on Sunday? What he roared for?

 ©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -    

Sunday 25 March 2012


Who am I? - This is what I could decipher he was asking as I tried to speak to him. I cannot say if he was aware of his whereabouts. Calling every new face that passes through, he was probably trying to tell his story or urging to help him find his home – I cannot say it with certainty as he was not able to speak clearly. Yes, but I can say he needs his identity back, the question in his eyes, says it – shall you take me home?

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -       

Saturday 24 March 2012

बरस गुजरा एक और..

बरस गुजरा,
एक और
तुम्हे देखे हुए
बरस गुजरा,
एक और
तुम्हारी यादों से
वो लम्हा बनाते हुए
तुम गए तो
ना आने के लिए
पर तुम्हारी यादों का
मन को छूता है,
बरस गुजरा
एक और
तुम्हारे ना होने की
कसक को जीते हुए
लम्हे गिराते हुए,
वो लम्हा बनाते हुए
March 24/25

Friday 23 March 2012

Beauty of life lies in being imperfect..

My reflections on life – in quotes (XVI) 

"Beauty of life lies in being imperfect, 
realizing it, 
and working towards your 'own' Perfection."

 ©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -          

Thursday 22 March 2012


Now its pure fun - the ‘Demo’cracy at play in India!

We have so many highly qualified and dignified leaders and, at times, following in their footsteps becomes so self-motivated, that the inductive orientation outsmarts the trends.

So, yesterday it was the Karnataka assembly Porngate; today it is the Gujarat assembly Porngate.

Naturally, like yesterday, there has been much noise even today and what has ricocheted is the fact that the yesterday’s noise is still echoing, adding to the buzz of the moment. The probe report of the Karnataka Porngate came on March 19. It acquitted two downsizing the esteemed company of the ‘three’. Now that is unfair. Why only one should get all? (In fact, it was on-camera, a living testimony that millions watched, and there was really no need to have a probe!)

But ‘buying time’ – was probably the only way the political brethren could have to give some relief to the innovators – as all innovations are not welcomed in one go – so order a probe and let the time pass making the opponents realize futility of their act.

For the starters, let me tell you of the pure, authentic Indian invention – the Porngate! You might have heard of many ‘-gates’ including the Watergate, the Rushdiegate, the Climategate, the Memogate, but never was there anything like the Porngate. So full credits to the folks!  

It happened last month when the mischievous lens of a private TV channel cameraman filmed three members of the Karnataka assembly watching porn while the assembly proceedings were on. It was first of its kind in the proud tradition of the legislatures in India. It was the next step to the achievements like flaunting currency notes in the Parliament, throwing chairs in the House, manhandling fellow legislators or tearing copies of the bills in the well of the House. But the multitasking ability to manage the time better in order to serve the country more efficiently was misunderstood. A better time management dictum on doing serious work while relaxing the mind at the same time was propounded that day. (Simple na, and the corporates spend a fortune in training their employees for the same!)

Soon, it was all over, on airwaves, in newspapers, on websites, and the Porngate term was born. This term indeed was the recognition of the efforts by these political innovators by the news carriers.   

(Just to add to the general knowledge, one can visit this Wikipedia page titled List of scandals with "-gate" suffix - long list with separate categories of ‘-gates’, and yes, our very own innovation, the Porngate, proudly finds its place there, though the Wikipedia editors are yet to update the Gujarat assembly chapter there while writing this.) Now these efficient Wikipedia editors could become even more efficient if they learn from these innovating Indian politicians of ‘rapidly adopting and assimilating new things’ – so the learning from Karnataka swiftly finds its practitioners in Gujarat.

The scale of the uniqueness of this recent innovation by some hard-working members of the political class can be gauged from the fact that even after doing some good secondary research, you would not be able to find any other similar example. (I could not find one. If you come across, please share. J)

And on the fertile political ground of the Indian polity, the innovators so soon found their early adopters, just in 43 days (February 7 to March 20) of their innovation going public.

The innovation went public on February 7, 2012 when the Karnataka assembly was in session and so soon found its early adopters in the Gujarat assembly on March 20. And it was again some media eyes. Incidentally, some journalists made video clip of two BJP MLAs watching sleaze while the assembly was in session. Now their iPads are seized and a probe is ordered to buy time.

Even the great rural Sociologist and the inventor of the ‘Diffusion of Innovation’ theory, Everett Rogers, would not have expected such a fast diffusion of an idea in a country like India. Probably the differentiating factor in this case is the alertness of the communication channels, news vehicles here, that flooded the news space with the related content. So in a way, these Indian innovators have shown a way to bypass the ‘over the time’ factor in diffusion of an innovation in a society, from the innovators to the early adopters.

The first and the foremost prerequisite in being an innovator, is about taking risk. These two, in Gujarat, inspired from the other three in Karnataka, have risked their political careers momentarily while inventing the ‘Porngate’. Characteristically, the theory says innovators are from the highest social class with sound financials. Now the ‘highest social class’ proposition may be dicey with such innovators from the political class in our country but, one thing is sure, they are more than well to do financially. (Politics in India has this unique ability – it equips one with the limitless earning potential from the day-1 of the official coronation irrespective of the talent and skills!)

They know the deep bond of the political brotherhood in this country as well as the guarantee from their deep pockets and will happily weather the criticism for some months, for it has given them the lifetime opportunity to be written in the history books. They know, soon they will be reinstated with full honour, once full potential of their innovation is realized.

Trends say they have been successful with their invention as it is getting its early adopters so soon. Expect more of them as the field of the inductive effect gets stronger. Once it is ensured, other categories of adopters fall in line as expected.

Bravo folks! Keep it up! ‘Demo’cracy is with you!

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -          

Wednesday 21 March 2012

Tomorrow's beauty lies in it being the next Today..

My reflections on life – in quotes (XV) 

“The journey has to go on.
Tomorrow's beauty lies in it being the next Today.
Be realistic.
Be there in the moments that stand with you.”

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -     


The complete write-up

Bashar al-Assad, the Butcher, is now officially in the esteemed company of the likes of Muammar Gaddafi, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Charles Talyor and many more and a true successor to the brutality of another butcher on the face of Earth, his father, late Hafez Assad, the mercenary of the countless killings of his own countrymen in Hama in 1982.

We don’t know the extent of bloodbath by Hafez Assad in 1982 but we know what Bashar al-Assad is doing with quite certainty.

Hail Social Media!

The international initiatives are faltering one after the other owing to ‘this or that lame’ geopolitical concern but the entire global community is aware of the state inflicted atrocity in Syria now thanks to the thousands of the videos posted on YouTube and other social media platforms. Every passing week increases the count of such videos by a significant number.

In a scenario, when the traditional media is totally controlled singing paeans of the butcher Assad; when there is almost no traditional communication means available to the common Syrians, Syria has cracked down on journalists and there are very few foreign correspondents in Syria who can report on atrocities. Conditions have worsened for journalists with five journalists including the Sunday Times veteran war journalist Marie Colvin losing their lives in Syria.

Midst this doom and gloom, YouTube videos, Skype calls and text messages have been the source of information for the international community in the last one year - some frantic efforts by the rebel Syrians to draw attention seeking international intervention. 

The Syrian government dismisses these videos as hoax like Assad is saying about his leaked personal emails. But such dismissals have prompted the activists to go for better packaging of the content while posting a video like identifying the place or the main protester and putting a timeline on it.

In Tunisia and Egypt, it was ‘Facebook Revolution. In Syria, what is happening is akin to a ‘YouTube Revolution’.

Okay, the international efforts might be faltering on Syria but somehow, somewhere, these brutal pictures of human killings have left indelible marks on the global psyche. And though, no world power is as blunt in advocating action as it was in case of Libya, the opinionating looks to gain ground after one year of shameless butchery as conveyed by the visual imagery of these messages.

There are reports coming in saying some Arab nations are clandestinely arming the Syrian opposition.Turkey’s plan to create a buffer zone for refugees is like spoiling the shopping pleasure of the Assads.

And now the Syrian activists, expats and the Syrian supporters in the international community are taking the protest to the next stage of the social media usage. The Guardian was provided with the leaked emails by some Syrian activists who hacked into the email accounts of the Assads. That tells us they are getting sophisticated.

And so the world now knows the phoney and caricaturized life of Syria’s strongman who bombs his own countrymen while discussing the shopping lists with his wife.

Assads might dismiss these emails lightly as the majority in Syria might not be able to access the related international coverage but slowly and gradually something is happening that is going to be lethal for the Syrian regime.

From YouTube videos, Skyping and messages, the Syrian protest is now expanding on the platforms like Facebook and Twitter. And we know the trait of these two platforms in spreading the communication – the mobilization can multiply virally even by a single small incident like it happened in Tunisia, like it happened in Egypt.

There is fertile ground for it and there have been supportive developments as the Syrian revolution completes its one year.


Social media trends over the last year in responding to the regime's suppression claim this. 

Syria is a country with over 22.5 million people and an impressive literacy rate of 86 per cent if we go by the figures available from US Department of State. According to the CIA World Factbook, Syria has over 15.5 million telecom connections including over 11.6 million cellular connections. According to a World Bank 2010 estimate, Internet penetration in Syria is around 21 per cent.

A good literacy rate, a teledensity over 70 per cent of the population and an Internet penetration of over 21 per cent - these figures are significant enough to provide the ideal ground indeed for the social media usage to extend the Arab Spring in Syria given if it gets the flare it needs.

It might come on any given day and the intensifying activity tells of the positive signs. Any brutal assassination video can fuel the unrest to a greater scale. Apart from building the solidifying base in Syria, it might grease the international opinion mobilization as well. Efforts are already initiated in this direction. As the Assad forces are busy emptying their shells on helpless men, women and children, another front is gaining ground voicing its opposition to the Assad regime’s continuance.

#UniteForSyria is an online opinion mobilization campaign launched on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. There are some 200 NGOs from 27 countries with the Human Rights Watch and the International Federation for Human Rights working on it. The Activists have launched a YouTube video pledging support to the Syrian cause and are inviting others to be part of the momentum.

The video titled UNITE FOR SYRIA: STOP ONE YEAR OF BLOODSHED ( is needed to be promoted well. Come, join it. 

According to a Mashable report, apart from the campaign hashtag #UniteForSyria, the hashtags #oneyearlater, #1yearago, #syriaspeaks and #syriaremembers are all tracking on Twitter. The Facebook page link for the campaign is

We still cannot say the trends related to the Syria tags have become viral on the Internet but are gaining ground slowly and can go viral soon as the Syria related online world activity in the recent days indicate. Damascus has seen intense fighting in the last two days and that is an effort by the rebels to tell the world community that they are not completely wiped out and are holding their ground by challenging Assad in the Syrian capital city.

Recent voices of the world community of arming the rebels might have been a major factor behind this resurgence. It also tells that messages from the Syrian badlands of the Assads, relayed through the social media platforms, are reaching to the world community, now even more effectively.

Assads are well aware of the damage a strong anti-regime campaign on social media platforms can bring (taking lightly the Arab Spring traits is going to be fatal for the regime). The leaked emails show efforts by the Assads to use social media for their own benefits like removing royal family impersonators to streamline the already manipulated flow of communication in Syria.

March 15 marked one year to the Syrian revolution yet nothing but advance of the Assad’s brutal regime looked only reality for certainty. Syria is unlike other Arab Spring countries. Dear to the Western powers until sometime ago, Assad has worked to weaken the opposition, control the communication platforms and maintain a strong army.

The other Arab Spring countries had a unitary face of opposition during the phase of uprising. That is not the case with Syria. State media was controlled, but the social media was strong in Egypt and Tunisia and helped spread the Arab Spring globally.

That might change now. The obscene opulence of wealth while he was bombing his own countrymen as revealed by Assads’ leaked emails might be a milestone moment in mobilizing the international opinion even more against Bashar and at the same time, can work to harden the resolve of the fighting Syrians. In spite of all the controls, Assads simply can’t stop content of these emails reaching to the large section of the Syrian population given the significant reach of the telecom connections. (Even China couldn’t stop the flow of information in case of Wukan protests!)

And who knows what more would be unearthed as the Guardian claims to be in possession of over 3000 leaked emails.

‘WikiLeaks’ revelations created many international geopolitical controversies and bad names. Isn’t it?

We might come across emails with Assads mocking and berating the international community or big leaders like Obama, Cameron or Sarkozy, using abusive words. (Just a conjecture at the moment but might be a reality as well!) - if it comes out like that, it is going to be ominous for the Assads. 

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