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.

Friday, 26 October 2012


Everybody is trying to say something, shouting, yelling, adopting every measure that is in reach, but nothing is being told about ‘them’.

Now who is this everybody?
Who are they yelling at?
Who is not being talked about in all this?

Basically, this ‘who’ is the media vehicles and some of the activist groups who are digging in for truth creating sensational stories that directly implicate the people in high corridors of power under corruption allegations, at least, that is what they think, based on the TRPs or the television rating points generated, or the media coverage cornered (in case of certain activists) that lead one to believe, that it is creating some sort of public perception. How strong that public perception becomes is a highly debatable issue in the current opera where a silent majority of over a billion plays the role of extras, sitting in the background, taking orders and obeying without questioning.

They are yelling at the objects of their digging, the likes of Salman Khurshids, Robert Vadras, Nitin Gadkaris or Naveen Jindals in the ongoing episode, the likes of A Rajas, Suresh Kalmadis and many more in the recent past, the countless others in the past, and the countless others in the days yet to come.

These are really high voltage stories as they are getting their ‘viewers’ hooked up. Whatever be the intent, it is good to see that their acts is giving some embarrassing moments to the shameless creatures though they’re continued with their rants and outright denial to the probe for probity. They believe probity is not a trait made for them.

But who is being ignored in all this? It is the Indian on the street who, in theory, is empowered enough to write the fate of the people who are supposed to serves him, but practically, lord over him.

No one is talking about the real subjects, the physically challenged, who were duped by the likes of Salman Khurshid, the man who is supposed to manage the legal affairs of the country. Some faces were flashed in the media as they served as fillers at some points of the developing story. I don’t remember any case study of the local media acting serious on the plight of the marginalized groups like the physically challenged.

No one is talking about the subjects who are affected by the land-grabbers like Robert Vadra or Nitin Gadkari or the DLF or many other politicians in collusion with other politicians and the real estate companies.

The public land meant for community purposes or the land allotted to the poor is a soft target for the land sharks who tread it for peanuts or get the it by manipulating the system.

It is not happening just in metros and their satellite areas. It is an India endemic. No one is talking about how badly the acts of the likes of Robert Vadras, Gadkaris and DLFs affect the lives of millions of the homeless in a country where over 65 per cent of the population survives on less than $2 a day.

Everyone is talking about ‘Purti’ and Nitin Gadkari’s wrongdoings here but no one is talking about the subjects whose interests have been compromised by the this sham cooperative.  

No one is talking about the fact that India has gone back to the hunger level of 1996 (65th out of the 79 nations ranked) in the latest Global Hunger Development Index in spite of all the talks of economic prowess and increasing GDP since 1991.

No one is talking about the fact that despite all the economic growth talks since 1991, India is still home to the largest number of sick people. Bangladesh has been able to perform better than India in bringing down the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) with its limited resources.

There are many other burning issues on social parameters, where India continues to perform badly despite the economic growth that began over two decades ago, that write on and off lives of the countless Indians daily but no one is talking about that.

If we ever have a mention, it is either one shot act or a fleeting reference during the main course of a story. We need consistent approach and regular thrust on the issues pertaining to the ‘real subjects’ in the same way the organs are shouting at now on the ‘subjects of their interest’. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -