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, 11 October 2012


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On October 9, the IMF lowered India’s growth rate to 4.9 per cent from the earlier projected 6.2 per cent. IMF’s “unusually uncertain” outlook about India in the World Economic Outlook report stems from many factors including corruption and policy paralysis. Not believing the recent reform moves, IMF even reduced the 2013 outlook to 6 per cent from the earlier projected 6.6 per cent. The report quoted an IMF advisor saying, “For the last few years, the Indian economy had a dream run. It is in the past three years, investments have stalled. In many other ways, in terms of macroeconomic policies, things have not improved. The challenge is to build on the reforms started in the 1990s”.

In the next development, Standard & Poor (S&P) warned India still faced a credit-rating downgrade, again taking a cautious approach on the reform measures. India’s current rating of BBB- is just one notch above the Junk rating. The S&P report released on October 10 read, “A downgrade is likely if the country's economic growth prospects dim, its external position deteriorates, its political climate worsens, or fiscal reforms slow”.

By the evening of October 10, another damning economic report came. World Bank too, lowered India’s growth forecast to 6 per cent from the earlier projected 6.9 per cent. A Reuters report on the World Bank’s India Economic Report said, “The Bank said the slowdown is at least partly caused by structural problems--power shortages, partly caused by the financial difficulties facing the electricity sector, the corruption scandals that have hit the mining and telecom sectors, investor uncertainty because of pending changes in legislation (mining, taxes, land acquisition), and the tightening constraints of land and infrastructure”.

Things might not be as grim as these three reports put. Also, these reports talk of ‘return to good days’ provided the government acts in time. But above all, they talk of policy paralysis in India that directly implicates Manmohan.

The IMF report emphasized the economic gloom of the last three years while the World Bank report directly named corruption as an important contributor to the ‘India Obstructed’ story.

And these last three years have done all to undo the honest imagery of Manmohan Singh. Corruption was brewing in through the UPA ranks. Talk of the town scams, coal, Commonwealth Games and spectrum allocation, were in making years before the first signs of chronic revelations.

It was mostly doing of Manmohan’s men. The only way Manmohan could have kept his integrity intact was to make every member of his government face probe and come out clean on the charges. Instead, he chose first to remain silent, claiming silence his ‘right’, then big mouthing the achievements that were hard to appreciate, and further on, defending his men (including Vadra), with words of no substance but dissonance of an arrogant-but-frustrated ruler.

Yes, Mr. Manmohan, India’s wealth is growing and the economic indicators have increased many times, but still, you define the poverty limit or around Rs. 900 a month for your ‘aam aadmi’.

Mr. Prime Minister, can your family survive in that much?
Mr. Prime Minister, didn’t your lavish party to celebrate three years in the office (the three years that have you undone) serve dinner costing the public exchequer over Rs. 7000 a plate?
Mr. Prime Minister, haven’t assets of so many politicians shot up so many times in so few a years?

Manmohan’s cognitive dissonance has become so insolent that he finds it hard to define even what constitutes corruption. That is something even his destitute and dejected ‘aam aadmi’ is very efficient at. But Manmohan is not. In the conference of CBI and State Anti-Corruption Bureaux, he said, “A clear and unambiguous definition for the term 'corruption', covering both the supply and demand sides, is being sought to be provided”.

It is understandable when he talks of such sincerity in terms of protecting the interests of the honest officers but when the same person decides to remain silent, or ignore or refute the ‘clearly visible and irrefutable’ evidence of corrupt activities of his men, it perplexes and leaves us in a bad taste, shattering all the positive imagery of the man.

Mr. Prime Minister, when would you realize that your knowhow of ensuring “probity, transparency and accountability in the work of public authorities” is already sucking your ‘aam aadmi’?

Yesterday, October 10, was just yet another example of Manmohan’s lifeless job on preaching us without setting any precedent.

Reading tales of ‘Panchtantra’ should be made a must for the politicians of the day before they are allowed to contest elections. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -