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, 25 October 2012


Why Uncle Sam is still dear to almost every free-thinking and development loving soul in the world - we got a symbolic answer for it today.

The favourite global Indian kid on the block, ex Goldman Sachs, ex Proctor & Gamble, ex McKinsey, top honcho, Mr. Rajat Gupta, was sentenced by a district US court today (yesterday, US timeline), on insider trading charges.

Now around 400 luminaries including Bill Gates and Kofi Annan had written letters requesting leniency for Mr. Gupta citing his luminous career and philanthropic acts.  

The US government in a prosecution led by an Indian Preet Bharara had asked for 8-10 years of prison term adjusting it to the mathematical computation of the loss that Mr. Gupta’s insider revelations caused. The judge in this case (Jed Rakoff) has had a reputation of going lenient in such cases and that was a point of hope for Mr. Gupta’s side.

But a prison sentence of two years and a fine of $5 million tell us he is not lenient at all but a balanced mind sitting at a responsible chair that decides swing of many lives by writing about a single one.

Rajat Gupta has been an out and out achiever before this and this sentence is enough to dent that lifelong achievement. Therefore, it is certainly not about length of prison term in such cases.

And it could happen only in a country like the US. There are some other countries as well but India doesn’t figure there, not at all. At least this I can say while sitting in India writing this write-up.

We have plenty to write about the lawlessness of the elite in India, right from the very first Independency Day, but even a glance at the present scenario is more than enough to validate this fact.

We saw three high-profile revelations and corruption allegations in the past one month involving the law minister of the country, Salman Khurshid, son-in-law of India’s most powerful political family, Robert Vadra and president of India’s main opposition party, Nitin Gadkari of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).

Final conviction and sentencing of people sitting at high positions has been a rarity in India and I, like every other Indian on the street (as some politicians like to call it), was not expecting even a probe sort of thing.

And lo! Exactly same has happened, exacting the debased political fluid once again on the dilapidated democratic texture of India. Politicians, direct representative of the Indians, have weakened our democratic institution to such great lengths that we have come to accept that a Rajat Gupta like conviction is an anomaly or an impossible event.

Sample this! There has been no probe except the routine probe by the Uttar Pradesh government in Khurshid’s case. The ministry that raised the issue of fund misuse is now solidly supporting Khurshid like his government and the Congress party. The IAS officer who cancelled a controversial Vadra-DLF land deal has been transferred and his orders are being probed in place of the controversial land deal.

In both the cases, their have been more than enough evidence on record to lodge criminal complaint and start a probe. But how can that be when these both names come from the ruling party?

In the other case mentioned above, the Income Tax Department probe ordered in Nitin Gadkari’s case is nothing more but a political move as the BJP was constantly getting upper hand due to one-after-the-other corruption allegations on the Congress party and now it would work to dampen that noise a bit when the important Gujarat election is just around the corner.

But, even then, expecting a conviction and final sentencing of Nitin Gadkari would be a foolhardy proposition and we Indians know it very well.

Now, Mr. Gupta, if you can try and request if your big friends could write about shifting your case to India under the Indian system for the next appeal, you certainly stand a chance. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -