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, 28 June 2012


They: Our lords, inheriting the power corridors of Delhi and the Indian states
Us: The subjects, always taken for granted, and so treaded and trampled at will

Take 6:

They: The toilet saga doesn’t end at Montek’s Loonomics. The recent report of CPWD bungling into the billed amount of Rs. 35 Lakh for the Planning Commission toilets doesn’t absolve him.  60 smart cards were issued and access system was installed that cost around Rs. 10 Lakh. After the controversy, use of the access system through these smart cards was scrapped. Now who is answerable for this 10 Lakh? Also, reports say there were plans to install CCTV cameras to check pilferage in the Planning Commission toilets. Can you believe it?

Another brilliant example has been set by the former chief minister of Goa, Digambar Kamat. He got a single public toilet built in his constituency Margao. He emphatically used the chief minister’s seal to clear Rs. 20 Lakh for this ‘air-conditioned’ public toilet with sensor-operated air-conditioners.

It was his constituency’s public park and our lord did what pleased him. No questions taken!

Us: To promote hygiene and sanitary practices across the length and breadth of India, the government provides a sum of Rs. 2,200 to every needy household to build a toilet. Now that much can’t even fetch 500 bricks if we count the numbers by the prevailing market rate. In a country where 65 per cent of the population is living below the poverty line, it is nothing but a cruel joke.

And it seems cruel jokes sound like pleasure nodes to our lords as they keep on throwing more and more of them.

After much criticism, the government is considering to increase the amount to Rs. 9,900 per household. By this new benchmark, the Margao public toilet could have helped the government build toilets in 200 needy households and Montek could have helped the country with another 350 toilets.

A recent joint monitoring report of WHO-UNICEF for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) tells 60 per cent of world’s open defecators are in India and the pace with which India is working on the problem it will not be before 2054 that India specific MDG sanitation goals are achieved.


The situation is rightly reflected in comments of one of the lords (Jairam Ramesh) - "It is more important than the launch of Agni missiles. If there are no toilets then Agni is of no use" he said while launching bio-toilets produced by DRDO.

Spilling over, isn’t it?

Hail austerity!

According to a report published in daily Pioneer, none of the austerity drives announced in India have been officially withdrawn yet. But then they typically operate in the typical Indian way – the way our lords devise, based on their comfort level.

Austerity elsewhere – large scale cuts are announced – both at public and government level – it gives rise to mass protests, sometimes turning violent like it has been happening recently in Greece – it brings about structural reforms like happening in Eurozone crisis countries – it brings down the government like Sarkozy lost for being an austerity advocate

Austerity in India – At best a lip-service – do lip syncing to look sounding sincere – announcing silly measures like the current 10 per cent cut in the non-plan expenditure and keep that, too, discretionary in nature – the cut announced by the finance ministry in this case excludes almost 72 per cent of India’s non-plan expenditure -  so anyway such austerity measures don’t leave any groundbreaking impact on the economy or on fiscal deficit of US$ 91 Billion than being silly overtures of looking sincere 

And they proudly continue with their tradition. Here are some more takes on the tradition:

To continue..

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