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, 1 October 2012


                                                                                                AUSTERITY HO! HEIL AUSTERECTOMY

We need to understand that before raising fingers. 

Now it is no big deal that our lords led by ‘aam aadmi’s Manmohan Singh overspent on their foreign jaunts. It is just a mere 12-fold hike over the previous year. They have been merciful on us. They can easily scale up to a 120-fold increase. In fact, they are more efficient at it.

They know it is their birthright and so they honestly continue with their excursions believing it is godly for them to forgive their erring subjects when they make some noise in the name of public money or common man’s misery.

They know the wrong notions will correct themselves spontaneously. Two of them are noteworthy here:

  • Public money is not public. It is rulers’ fund and some part of it is released at the sole description of our lords. It is the large heartedness of our lords that they have added the word ‘public’ to it.

  • There should be nothing uncommon about a common man. Common is synonymous with ordinary. And ordinary living conditions in India of the day have in-built elements of misery. In fact, our lords burn the midnight oil in creating and modifying them. And to pay back to our lords for this deed of them, we should accept it the way they propose it.
But like always, good intentions are mistaken, and our lords are questioned for their intent. A similar erring subject is the Delhi based Right To Information (RTI) activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal. He keeps on pestering the government with his RTI queries. In the latest episode, he sought information on foreign tours of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA-2) ministers.

What came out of it told us some random figures. The expenses incurred in the last four financial years (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12) were Rs. 90 crore, Rs 81.54 crore, Rs 56.1 crore and Rs. Rs 678 crore.

Now the staggered nature of these figures should be self-evident for erring subjects like Mr. Subhash Chandra Agrawal. They should come to know that for our lords it doesn’t matter what sort of conditions we are living in.

2008-09 was the global economic recession year and our lords spent more on foreign tours that year than in 2009-10 and 2010-11. It is up to their discretion after all. Probably, many of them would have thought 2008-09 was good year for jaunts. Probably they didn’t feel going out much in the later two years.

But our lords would remain our lords.

They bounced back the year with a bang. They not only improved their track record, they also upped their threshold as well. Now they are in the upper territory of the three-digit expenditure figures from those silly-looking and not-up-to-their-standard two-digit sub-100 crore figures.

We should say it was a collective effort by our lords and needs appreciation. Whatever might have been the intention of Mr. Subhash Chandra Agrawal, but the silver lining in his act is that he has made us aware of the names of the many of the lords who laboured in this collective effort. We all should write eulogies for them, isn’t it?

But what makes subjects like Mr. Subhash Chandra Agrawal prick the lords again and again?

If we try to think from the perspective of the likes of Mr. Agrawal, what could be the reasons behind the 12-fold hike in the expenditure figurehead for the foreign jaunts of our lords? 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -