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, 4 October 2012


                                                                                                AUSTERITY HO! HEIL AUSTERECTOMY
Continued from:

Early polls: When the UPA-2 began, it was on the high of the second consecutive term in the office. The traditional Indian National Congress arrogance had a perfect ploy to creep in. And it has been right on the job. But certain other factors pushed our lords to think more for the ‘aam aadmi’ of Manmohan Singh.

The king-in-waiting had been waiting to take the charge. The 2009 triumph and a fractured Opposition had led the Congress party to believe that it had the luminous chances to sail back home in the 2014 general elections and the king-in-waiting would certainly get the top office.

All they needed was to look concerned for Manmohan’s ‘aam aadmi’ in order to get the necessary votes. Global economy had still not recovered and domestic factors were worsening. Delay on many corrective measures along with many scams derailed things even further. From the high of 2009 win, it reached to the low of possibility of the early demise of the UPA-2 government. That was probably the inflicting point for our lords. Lavishly parasitic on public’s money, they saw their access to the greener pastures restricting to fewer days. That probably pushed a panic button.

Some of the insightful souls had probably realized it way back in 2010 when the term ‘UPA scams’ became the rightful buzzword for the UPA-2 misdeeds. CWG and the 2G scams had achieved their full fervour by then scrapping many members of the UPA coalition partners putting strain on the intra-coalition relations.

So they went on the job immediately, cornering as much of the bounty as possible like indulging in more scams and increasing their over-the-salary earning limit by deeds like eating into phone bills, consuming hundreds of subsidized LPG cylinders annually, refurnishing their official bungalows with expenditure running into crores, making a huge splash of luxury with public’s money like Montek’s ultra-modern toilets at the Planning Commission building, or going on foreign or domestic jaunts as frequently as possibly.

Me too: Once an opinion leader sort of the lord or a group of illuminated lords started acting on the early signs, soon it was overflowing. Everyone was on a hurry to board the ‘loot-bus’. And what a coordinated result they have produced. The scams run in the lakhs of crores. The money splurged on lavish lifestyle runs in thousands of crores. In the later case, it is just the initial data. Much of the information has not been allowed. We can safely use the catchphrase ‘tip of the iceberg’ for it here.

Certainly these are the reasons good enough to stir anyone like Mr. Agrawal and there are multiples of Mr. Agrawals in India. Many have lost their lives by the henchmen of this lord or that lord, but slowly and gradually, their count is increasing.

Our lords are not unaware of it. They have framed and started on their agenda. Right now, the largest share of the damage is coming from a law that the lords had to introduce after they found their subjects were two adamant over it. So after decades of the subjects continuing with their demands, the lords, in order to placate, provided their subjects with a law named ‘Right To Information’ believing the sleeping democracy of India would not be able to use it much and if any ‘untoward’ thing happened, they would sleep induce their subjects even deeper.

But what about the likes of the lot who have come to be knows as the ‘RTI Activists’?

Realizing that the subjects are engaging the lords using the tool and thus dissipating their as well as precious energy of the lords, now they are seriously considering to make the ‘RTI Act’ toothless and efforts are already underway. Manmohan proposing to amend the RTI Act and Sonia disposing it is just one aspect of it – to maintain the ‘aam aadmi theatre’. Slowly, the government will have its way they know like they could do with the ‘Lokpal Bill’ by creating a political unity across the party-line in the name of ‘common interest’.

Would the lords mount a final pressure to kill all such dissenting voices lest the voices become so strong that they dethrone our ‘larger-than-their-life’ lords?

They would – with certainty.

Epilogue Manmohan: Manmohan has been successful in derailing all the opposition; completes his term; fights the next election in 2014; installs the king-in-waiting in the highest office of the country; and heaves a sigh of relief as he pays back his gratitude and proves his loyalty for given a chance to run the country.

To compound his gratitude and to smoothen the road further for the ‘king-in-office’ now, he has ably killed the ‘killing’ provisions of the RTI Act so, at least, one significant pestering element is removed. A new bunch of lords is ready to write-on or write-off its subjects. Meanwhile, the foreign excursions of the lords have increased manifold. Now they are spending 6000 days a year touring abroad. And the traditional Indian National Congress arrogance is spilling over now.

Epilogue Manmohan’s ‘aam aadmi’: Under its own pressure and opportunist political supporters, the UPA-2 government falls necessitating the general election in 2013. Manmohan’s ‘aam aadmi’ betrays him. His party performs badly. Manmohan has not been able to maintain the outreach to his ‘aam aadmi’ this time unlike in 2009. Manmohan’s good intent is marred probably by the selfish intent of his other political brethren, inside and outside his group. Though, his ‘aam aadmi’ is not convinced of any other alternative either, he is forced to let the other group of lords assume the office.

This is the only time Manmohan’s ‘aam aadmi’ laughs, but for how long?

He knows he will be treated by this set of lords in the same way as the lords have been doing with him most of the time in the history of the independent India.

In any case, our lords remain our lords. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -