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.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012


The background of this AFP photograph might be just a coincidence but at the moment, it shows what Manmohan Singh needs the most in the real terms now, rays of wisdom like these sunrays to save the day for him.

AFP photograph taken from AFP report on its website
((AFP/File, Prakash Singh)
Manmohan Singh, the second-time prime minister again reminded the nation called India about the adverse effects of the negative publicity generated due to corruption allegations. He preached us that the ‘mindlessly’ created atmosphere on corruption is doing harm to the country.

In an anti-graft conference he said, “The mindless atmosphere of negativity and pessimism that is sought to be created over the issue of corruption can do us no good. It can only damage our nation's image and hit at the morale of the executive”.

That sounds so phoney now, especially after the endless United Progressive Alliance (UPA) corruption saga and the corruption-wheel has reached to the most elite political family of the UPA-2 coalition and the country.

He talks of the morale of the executive but who would care for the morale of the majority of the Indians that his own government is bringing down?

Manmohan’s lame-duck and trite remarks at the fag-end of his lame-duck prime-ministerial season-II were nothing but belittling him even more especially as they came on a day when his government’s law minister was labeled with corruption and forgery allegations.

A news channel’s sting operation and investigation found that the Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, an NGO run by Salman Khurshid and his wife Louise Khurshid, forged documents to manipulate funds (Rs. 71.5 Lakh) of a project of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment aimed at helping physically challenged people in many districts of Uttar Pradesh.

Law minister facing serious corruption allegations- now, Mr. Manmohan Singh, the honourable prime minister of India, tell us - doesn’t it bring the image of the nation down and hurt the morale of the Manmohan’s ‘aam aadmi’?

Though, there have been denials but they are like defenses made for Robert Vadra - not at all satisfactory. Some said Khurshids are a prestigious family and why would they do any such thing for such a small sum (Rs. 71.5 Lakh). Now, probably, such fellows are not aware that over 65 per cent of the Indians survive on Rs. 3500 a month and could never earn Rs. 71.5 Lakh in their lifetime. Also, this might be just one revelation. Khurshids’ NGO works on different projects in many states of India. Who knows we might come across similar stories if a proper probe is carried out.

But a probe is unlikely like the probe of allegations on Robert Vadra. Your government has already denied any probe possibility. And even if a probe is launched, no one should expect anything groundbreaking. After all, its Manmohan’s CBI; its Manmohan’s ED; its Manmohan’s CVC; its Manmohan’s police; and so it is of Sonia; and so it is of Salman Khurshid.

And how can Manmohan allow the probe to happen as he says it would bring down the morale of his men (though they continue to indulge in corrupt activities)?

Mr. Manmohan Singh, do you realize your fundamentals have started stinking now?

And so, when Manmohan’s dull rhetoric comes midst the image-tarnishing projectiles of Robert Vadra and Salman Khurshid, this unsolicited advice makes him look even more pathetic, not even ruin of the personal integrity he was known for during his first stint at the prime minister.

It just affirms once more that he is a man of ‘doublespeak’ now.

In the context, what makes Manmohan sound even more ridiculous are the three developments on the economic front that talk of policy paralysis and corruption in India while lowering the country’s growth forecast.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank have lowered India’s 2012 growth projections significantly and S&P has warned again of credit-rating downgrade in the next 24 months if the situation is not handled properly.

And Mr. Prime Minister, your top men are facing allegations of swindling funds meant for the physically challenged at this crunch time.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -