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 9 October 2012


Arvind Kejriwal is again the media talk of the town, albeit for different reasons.

Now it is clear his intentions were always political and he used Anna Hazare to launch his political career. Probably, the Indian Administrative Services creature and the serpentine intellect of a revenue officer of an elite cadre in him had these developments well planned.

So, like more than an astute politician, he had his name known across the country. Though it includes share of controversy and negative acts by Kejriwal and some of his teammates, he has been able to garner the outreach he needed to launch his political career in a short time.

And how has he begun?

Like the ‘now abandoned’ Lokpal thing (and not fight) that was practically impossible for its utopian contours, his political vision, too, is utopian like making Budget a street thing. Like the tall but airy Lokpal promises, these too, are good to the ears of the suppressed voices of the majority who see nothing but endless exploitation to the hands of the political corruption.

Anything utopian needs a rock-solid faith to go to any extent to make the desired change happen. The way Team Anna abandoned the Lokpal thing tells that was never the intent. Indeed it was a well laid-out plan executed well I should say. And planners would certainly have ‘envisioned’ some sacrifices like Anna Hazare in the way. Ethically wrong, but politically correct in the present context of the Indian politics.

In that sense, Arvind Kejriwal was already a politician of the day well before he embarked on his real-time political journey.

And the success of the pre-launch activities (the Lokpal thing), have emboldened him to emulate the same theatrics. So, he is on the job, in the field, with his militant style of politics, a style that he used to slam the political class during the Lokpal thing. The media pundits and the politicians know it as ‘Halla Bol’.

Indeed, the corrupt political class of the day deserves much worse than it. The utopian vision he is proposing, mixed with populist ‘Halla Bol’ acts like asking people to stop paying the sky-high electricity bills, is making the established political class squirm. The Delhi unit of the Bhartiya Janta Party has swung into action from its immortal sleep lest Arvind Kejriwal become the principal opposition in Delhi.

An insensitive Sheila Dikshit government is coward enough to let Kejriwal be out in the open even if he trespasses the legal norms in his ‘Halla Bol’ political launch mission, for arresting him would make a hero out of him.

Certainly, the politician in Arvind Kejriwal realizes it well and he is going to exploit it fully. But trusting a Kejriwa-like for a positive change in the Indian politics has to come always with a pinch of salt given his shady past since April 2011 when the Lokpal thing began.  

But in all this, with all the dirty linen of the politicians that Kejriwal would wash in the public (Robert Varda might be just the beginning), and how the established political class hits back on it, we are going to have a nice theatre to watch and enjoy.

For, we cannot sympathize with Arvind Kejriwal for what he has done with the Lokpal Cause.

But, we would certainly give him the benefit of doubt till he continues unearthing facts unmasking the corrupt politicians, their relatives and associates.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -