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.

Sunday, 7 October 2012



Gujarat assembly elections are announced and every bit of analysis is focused on highlighting its importance in the context of the next general elections in India. Now only the time will tell for whom it is going to be a sobriquet and for whom a compliment.

Also, much is being written about Narendra Modi’s prime-ministerial ambitions and, he too, knows, that the road to the 7 Race Course Road in the next general elections for him opens only through yet another win of Gujarat’s highest administrative office.

But as a bitter war of words is to ensue in its full fervour, things are looking more favourable for the incumbent chief minister Narendra Modi and if (and only if) we rule out the ‘Spiral of Silence’ like effect of the ‘2004 India Shining’ campaign of the National Democratic Alliance government (NDA), he looks comfortably home.

There are indeed grounds like the 2004 scenario when the national government was busy beating the bush about its industrial growth bravado showing the ‘aam aadmi’ empty miracles of the high-flying Sensex figures and consistently high GDP stats. India was shining but the NDA government forgot the ‘Bharat’ story in the all this. The larger chunk of the Indians inhabiting the Non-metros, who form the major chunk of the voters, was staring at dilapidated lives and a widening wealth gap with their ‘India’-counterparts. The wealth was there. Its upward creation was there. But its distribution was highly skewed. That left the majority high and dry.

Similar conditions are in Gujarat on certain vital parameters.

Beyond the punctured claims of the Vibrant Gujarat (over $800 Billion of investment MoUs signed since 2003, when the Vibrant Gujarat summits became a state event), ‘much’ darkness prevails.

Reports say quoting the Tendulkar Committee that Gujarat has the highest poverty rate in the country.

Reportedly, Modi’s tenure has seen around 17,000 distress-suicides, of around 10,000 workers, around 6,000 farmers and around 1000 labourers.

Modi’s Gujarat performs poorly on hunger level. A National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) study says Gujarat lags behind states like West Bengal and even Uttar Pradesh. According to the Human Development Report 2011, Gujarat is ranked 13th on hunger index, below states like Assam, West Bengal and Odisha.

The same report says 44.6 per cent of the Gujarati children below the age of 5 are malnourished while 69.7 per cent are anaemic. While the state government’s child welfare minister accepted in the state assembly in March 2011 that 40 per cent of Gujarati children in the same age-group were malnourished. Even that is a shameful figure for the Vibrant Gujarat.

Gujarat is performing poorly than the national average/performance on other major social parameters like Life Expectancy, maternal mortality, infant mortality rate, school enrolments and school dropouts.

Even on the industrial growth parameter, an RBI report says Gujarat has been able to get just 5 per cent of the FDI inflows in India, far below the 35 per cent of Maharashtra and is in the lower league of 6 per cent of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Why then Narendra Modi is looking positioned to sail back in the office?

To continue..

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -