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.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012


Yesterday, in my utter nonsense (, I had asked a very ‘aad aadmi’ type question – is there a limit to the political nonsense in India?

No, it is not, the likes of Digvijay Singh tell us it in clear ways.

Day before yesterday, if it was Beni Prasad Verma, yesterday, it was yet another gem of the grand old party of India – Mr. Divijay Singh.

Mr. Singh, famous (notorious) for his persistent and motivated remarks, was at it again, like Salman Khurshid was before vowing the media silence, like Beni Prasad Verma’s corruption threshold, but unlike them, Digvijay Singh was on the song.

The romp, the pomp and show that began after the politician Arvind Kejriwal came out alleging Robert Vadra, the weakest list in the most powerful family in India, of corruption and irregularities, and continued with a news channel’s sting operation exposing financial irregularities in Salman Khurshid’s NGO, made every political folk talk of the ethics in the most customized ways. So there they were, talking of their ethical halo, behind the garb of silly and empty but audacious efforts to clear their names (and clearly running away from the elements of the probity!).

But Digvijay Singh is Digvijay Singh – the ultimate one piece. There can’t be anyone like him. He, in his typical verbose insinuations, went a step further, got generic, ‘mixed’ his words with his thoughts on the current episode of the political smug of his brethren, and came out warning that the unwritten but widely followed ‘political code’ was breached owning to the recent developments.

He said (some of the reports have used the term ‘lamented’), “There are ethics in politics. Never attack family. Congress never attacked Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya or L K Advani’s son and daughter. Have we ever said a word against them?”

There haven’t been much in the news about son and daughter of L K Advani but same cannot be said about Ranjan Bhattacharya. He has faced allegation of malpractices but there was nothing in the name of probe (the code of ethics of the Indian politicians!). 

Isn't like the oft-quoted criminal ethics line that ‘gangs should not target families of the members of the rival gangs?’

Now gangsters so often flout it. Isn't it? Even it happens so often in the Italian Mafiosi, the most organized of the breed.

But such a code being followed by the politicians in the second largest democracy of the world that is also home to the most of the poor and illiterate people on the planet!

The Constitution framed over six decades ago saw the politicians to be the harbingers of probity and envisioned they would make a developed and prosperous India.

Instead, they are indulged in making an affluent, prosperous and unethical political class to rule the India of an underdeveloped society and underprivileged people.

What Digvijay spoke is shocking and tells us of the direct collusion among the politicians who look ready to rip each other apart in the public.

What Digvijay spoke is the true face of the Indian politics of the day and tells us of the theatrics these politicians put on display to befool the ‘aam aadmi’ of their true intent.

What Digvijay spoke tells us that the politicians across the breed have just one common glue, their selfish interests.

A person makes a cartoon targeting a politician and is thrown behind the bars but when the likes of Digvijay say that they have enough evidence to target kith and kin of this or that politician but they wouldn't do so because there exists a political code that so advises not to target the families of the politicians, it reaffirms the growing public perception that politicians of the day are the most corrupt and insensitive lot of people in the country.

And if this 'Digvijay Speak' was in response to the corruption allegations of the politician Arvind Kejriwal on Robert Vadra, we have all the valid reasons to assume that what Digvijay was referring to was about the corruption allegations on Ranjan Bhattacharya, son-in-law of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani’s son and daughter.

Isn't then Digvijay a complicit in crime of not exposing criminal acts and corrupt practices?

Shouldn't all the politicians who follow this political code in spirit and letter and allow others to indulge in the loot of the fund meant for the ‘aam aadmi’ be tried to breach the ‘code’ of the democratic spirit and probity? 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -