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.

Friday, 12 October 2012


The most awaited Nobel Prize (the Peace Nobel 2012) has been announced and though the decision is not surprising given the leanings of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, it is certainly a debatable one in the present geopolitical and economic context.

European Union has had a history of creating peace among the warring nations and it should have got its due much earlier. The timing now is wrong for obvious reasons.

Peace Nobel is a politically sensitive decision and helps mobilize the global opinion on the most vital humanitarian issues of the day and there are more pressing concerns at the moment than revisiting the glorious history of the European Union.

EU was the favourite contender of the Norwegian Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland even last year but the global geopolitical situations led the committee chose names who reflected the fighting spirit on multiple fronts – taking on the dictators and working for the women’s rights to bring the holistic change in the society in the most oppressive, gender insensitive and war-torn of the regimes – Yemen and Liberia.

That addressed some of the most significant developments of the year declared as ‘the year of the protester’ by the TIME magazine. The three women winners (Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and human rights activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni human rights campaigner Tawakkul Karman) of 2011 represent the change of multiple facets in their respective countries.

Now this year again, at a time, when there were over 30 armed conflicts still raging and when massacres were still happening, all eyes were on the names associated with protesting and leading protests against such fights. So there were Russian activists and organizations trying to create an anti-Putin fight against an increasingly dictatorial Vladimir Putin. The Arab Spring was almost non-violent and so are the Russian protests. American non-violent theorist Gene Sharp was the top-pick of many for affecting protests from the Tiananmen in 1989 to the Arab Spring in 2011.

The conditions that existed for the EU last year are more or less still the same. The Eurozone crisis has been a worrying spot for quite some time now. And much of it is its internal doing – the ‘class war’ of the European economies within.

Now it is a matter to be debated what drew Jagland and his team to put the final approval on EU’s name – whether it was to honour a dying world body with a significant history and an era-defining role or a desperate cry to recognize the past to save the future, or whether it was worthwhile not to give a global voice to the Russian protesters by recognizing them.

Most of the Peace Nobel decisions have chosen winners based on their achievements hoping they’ll push for further positive change.  

But at the moment, the Eurozone crisis is threatening the global economy creating ripples of recession. Many European countries are staring at bankruptcy. The continent of peace as defined by Jagland is turning into a continent of economic devastation that may send the whole world into yet another global economic depression. That would certainly be worse than any war of the recent history, for it would affect the livelihoods of the billions across the continent. And remember, it is mostly a war within the Europe.

So it is quite natural that the Nobel committee’s decision this year has not been acceptable to the majority like it was in 2011 and 2010. Already facing the backlash, it reminds of the controversy that the Barack Obama decision of 2009 had generated.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -