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.

Tuesday 25 September 2012


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Its bad timing dear: One thing that is clearly questionable in Manmohan’s move is his timing. Why this hurry all of a sudden, and that too, when the government was finding itself on the back-foot as the Coalgate revelations were naming many UPA members.

Why this long delay if the retail FDI decision was so imperative for India growth story?
Why didn’t he go to notify it earlier then?
Why now when the next General Elections are well in sight?

He says he is ready for any sacrifice for his proposed reforms. Why this enlightenment now?

If it was so imperative, why he kept Indians bereft of such a panacea for this long? Is he going to pay for it?

If it is really about reforms, why he then he became a party in derailing the Lokpal legislation?

Yes it is bad timing from other angles too. A bad Monsoon has created problems. Inflation and hence prices are to remain high. GDP rate is coming down. Internal factors and external factors like Eurozone and China slowdown are putting pressure on the Indian Economy. Rating agencies are downgrading India and investors’ confidence is low. S&P yesterday reduced India’s GDP estimate from 6.5 to 5.5 per cent.

And this situation hasn’t arrived just in a month or so. Policy paralysis of the UPA-2 has led it to get the monstrous shapes. The UPA government ignored all the war-cries when the Economy parameters were performing poorly, inflation was heading up and the Rupee was going down. Instead, what we would have were empty eloquence of the UPA leaders including Manmohan Singh and Pranab Mukherjee assuring us that everything was under control and whatever little problem, if it was there, was mainly due to the external factors. And now we have come to this.

It is not just S&P, almost every major agency has downgraded India, in terms of its credit-rating and GDP growth. Morgan Stanley reduced its GDP estimates - 5.1 from 5.8 per cent, HSBC - 5.7 from 6.2 per cent, and Standard Chartered - 5.4 from 6.2 per cent. These were indeed warning signs as the signs tell us now. Instead, Manmohan’s government chose to blame them of showing India in poor light, beating the bush that things were under control. By doing so, they let the things go so volatile that it is threatening Indian’s Economy now, if we use Manmohan’s words only, comparing the situation now with the 1991 crisis.

So, why, all of a sudden, such a hurry on reforms now? It rightly raises questions? There might not be much reading into this but it is spicy enough for the populist politics to make a groovy curry out of it.

Doublespeak: Isn’t it doublespeak especially if personal integrity is concerned when Manmohan, too, had opposed the retail FDI in a December 2002 letter to a trader body of Maharashtra? Manmohan was then leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. Mamata Banarjee has posted the correspondence on her Facebook page.

It isn’t unusual to change stand on an issue given the way the Indian politics is behaving but should then Mr. Manmohan Singh try to miserably score the brownie points in the name of his personal integrity whenever he takes the microphone to speak?

Concurrence of the retail FDI decision with the Coalgate and the compulsion to present a populist Budget next year bolster the theory that this was nothing but a politically selfish move aimed at evading direct answers on the involvement of the UPA members in the countless corruption cases.  And to UPA’s solace, the Coalgate cry has significantly dampened. After all, the opposing groups are all same Indian politicians only, isn’t it?

Manmohan said on the ‘6 subsidized LPG cylinders cap’ in his September 21 speech, “Almost half of our people, who need our help the most, actually use only 6 cylinders or less”. Why then almost of the Congress state governments had to raise the number of subsidized cylinders in their states? Congress party’s spokesperson Janardan Dwivedi said on September 19, a day after Mamata walked out, "Sonia Gandhi has asked Congress CMs that now the government's decision of subsidizing six cylinders should be increased to nine. Now nine cylinders will be given at subsidized prices".

Manmohan and many colleagues of his cabinet had slammed the rating agencies on downgrades but Manmohan says in his most recent speech, “We need a revival in investor confidence domestically and globally”.

 The great doublespeak!

To continue.. 

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