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, 22 August 2012


The global human rights people are demanding clemency for three convicted members of the Pussy Riot group. But on the contrary, the Russian authorities are pushing for necks of other band members.

Pussy Riot is an anonymous collective of women activists protesting against Putin’s continued run as Russia’s top man.  

This February, five members of the Pussy Riot managed to perform on the altar of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral of Moscow targeting Putin and Orthodox Church ties. It was to show solidarity with rising anti-Putin protests. No charges were placed immediately, but later, three members of the band, Maria Alyokhina (24), Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (22) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (29), were arrested and charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility.

Five months later, on August 17, they were jailed for two years by a woman judge of the Khamovnichesky district court. The judge highlighted her sentence speech with phrases like ‘inappropriate clothes for a church’, ‘blasphemous and sacrilegious words hurtful to believers’, ‘insulted the feelings of Orthodox believers’, before announcing the sentence.

The verdict has drawn criticism from the international community and has fueled further protests in Russia. Chess legend and opposition leader Gary Kasparov was among the protesters crammed outside the courtroom on the day of the verdict. He was detained with other protesters but released after questioning.

The three members of the Anti-Putin band have already spent five months in prison during the pretrial phase. Their lawyer says they are going to appeal against the decision in the higher court. But given the way the judiciary functions under the State influence in Russia, there is no much hope. The band has made it clear they would not seek amnesty from Putin.

And this firmness of anti-Putin stand looks a resolute one. Undaunted, Pussy Riot members have released a new anti-Putin video titled ‘Putin lights up the fires’. By doing so, the band is trying to live up to its origin. Putin’s growing authoritarian rule is the root-cause of Pussy Riot formation.

 YouTube video of Pussy Riot new anti-Putin single ‘Putin Lights Up The Fires’

(Try a bit of googling for the English lyrics)

Russia has seen growing protests after allegations of unfair practices used by Putin and his party in last year’s parliamentary and this year’s presidential polls.

Aided with social media tools and so an outreach to the international community, protesters have been able to maintain their steam so far but now as Putin is firmly in office for the 4th term, he is ready to unleash his ‘Russia means Putin’ run.

He would certainly be emboldened by his oil infrastructure investments over the years including the Baltic pipeline and Euro-5 complaint diesel production that hint of increased oil revenue in the future. Already, Russia’s oil production has risen to the record level of the post-USSR days and the country is looking to replace Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer, a Bloomberg report says.

Oil money has been the mainstay of the good days that the Russians and the Russian economy saw in Putin’s age. And so when the global economic slowdown dealt a blow to the demands, Russia was hit hard. Widespread corruption, economic slowdown (due to dried up oil-dollars) and reduced income and career opportunities started giving voice to the protests creating a base for the political dissent further on. It got the tipping point in Putin’s announcement of running for the next Russian president poll and the subsequent unfair electoral practices.

If Putin’s oil plans indeed turn out the way he is expecting, it would make life hail for the activists, protesters and the political opposition as an increased income level might work effectively to drive the trifle middle class away from the protests thereby crushing the support base of activists and the political opposition.

Let’s see, who is next in Putin’s line of fire.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -