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.

Monday, 3 September 2012


Mamata Didi does it again. On target this time is a publisher, Mitra and Ghosh. The publication house was raided last night. The police was looking for a book written by a former cop of West Bengal, Nazrul Islam. The book, What Muslims Should Do, has a critical tone and tears into many of Mamata’s policies. Though the book is ‘yet to be banned’ (this Mamata can do anything, so no guarantee that the book will not attract her wrath tomorrow!), the publisher alleged that the police got a counter closed that was selling the book.

Dodo or Didi – what to say now? Her antics are just unstoppable like her advent in the West Bengal politics had become when she did raise hopes.

She is misusing the state machinery in such silly exercises and their frequency is rising at an alarming pace. In this brief tenure of her lordship we have seen enough of her dictatorial façade but the goings say much more is yet to come. She is not realizing but it might well leave her as a spent force in the very beginning of the most significant political journey of her life.

Her victims are like the elements of a kaleidoscope – a scientist, a university professor, university students, social media companies, news outfits, helpless raped women demanding justice, a poor farmer, ideologues like Marx and Engels dead a long ago and even judiciary. Every differing voice becomes a Maoist clarion call for her.

She is not taking any criticism likely. The way her machinery is reacting, in a planned way, tells she is going deep into ego satisfaction mode. And that is a worrying sign for the people who got her elected to the highest administrative office of the state hoping wings of positive change and respite from decades of the misrule of the Left Front governments.

We get a feeling of it happening every time Mamata Didi tries to defend her government shamelessly alleging a rape victim of maligning her government. A report today said that a mother in South 24-Paraganas district sold her three daughters for Rs. 185 after she and her minor daughters were thrown out of home by her husband.

Mamata Didi doesn’t react on such incidents happening right under her nose. But how can we expect her blood boiling on such societal injustices when she castigates even rape victims in order or paint a shining picture of her flawless rule.

Mamata’s name translates to virtues like compassion, affection and care and her biography says she is a painter and a writer. All the traits of a sensitive human soul. But what she has been doing after assuming her current office paints a defying picture of all that and tells just one thing that she is nothing more but one more among the insensitive political lot of the day.

Mamata Didi, don’t go the way of the Dodo.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -