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, 1 November 2012


Culture milieu shapes the political atmosphere; the prevailing political atmosphere reworks the cultural milieu – how and when of it? – history is replete with examples. Flux of the change is immediate but its consequences play out over a period of time.

They always play out, all the time, in every society, we know as countries or nation states today.

Ideally that should be the case in point, and so, when we talk about the India redemption story, we should ideally hinge to it, but we come to realize that the elements of vagueness have crept-in in this age-old and established thought-frame. 

India is at the crossroads.

The atmosphere is asinine where the perpetrators (politicians + industrialists + bureaucrats nexus) are not only indulging in the mammoth wrongdoings with scams of unprecedented scales, they are even insensitively mocking the Indians by becoming more daring in their acts by their acts of denial. They have stopped caring altogether if their acts put them in negative light in the public perception.

Given the way things are playing out; have been playing out since the independence, every major mass movement except few have been led by the political class and activists donning the political mantle.

That has created a block of dependence on the political class. There is nothing wrong in it. In fact, it is the only way in a democracy to move further because this political class is supposed to come from among us; is supposed to serve the common interests of ‘we the nation’.

But in India of the day, it sounds more like a myth than a reality. The basic element of democracy looks more like a sham today. Politics of peoples’ representation has become politics of inheritance.

Politicians do come from among us, riding on our votes, but they are just mere the means to meet the end-means of the ruling class. They are deepening the rot or our dependence over them. Our dependence is their exploitative decadence. The family inheritance and the criminal lineage are calling the shots in the legislatures.

These words are not based on some speculative analysis. There are cold and solid statistical figures behind them.

There are plenty of ministers and politicians with over two-three decades of clinging to the political chair. They leave it only when they die. Even losing the seat doesn’t harm the interests of the die-hard politicos who find alternate ways (indirect vote, i.e., Rajya Sabha or legislative councils) to reach the legislatures (federal or provincial).

They keep on winning on the mindset of the people of a half-baked democracy who cannot even think about high and lows of the constituency they come from, let alone the big (and important) state or India centric thinking.

They cannot walk but they continue to be members of the legislatures. By the time they retire or go, they already have got established their sons, wives, daughters, and kith and kin in politics.

And people keep on voting for them.
And they keep on making or amending the policies that is aimed at benefitting the ruling class first.
And people still look to this ruling class to make India a developed nation.

Yes, India is in need of a system overhaul now if it has to look for a redemption. That requires a cultural change in the ruling class. But who would drive the change?

Are the Indian masses awake enough to begin the process?

Can we expect the political class to create the situation that would work to make a progressive and true democratic society that, in turn, would be able to elect and prepare a political class that would run (and not rule) the country in a true democratic spirit?

Indian democracy is at the crossroads of such burning questions. Neither the cultural milieu looks apt to modify the political environment, nor does the political atmosphere look willing to rework the cultural milieu.

There are no clear answers yet. Yes, there are some sparks here and there, like the hugely popular anti-corruption movement last year or the sustained anti-nuclear plant protests at Kudankulam this year or the government forced to drop the amendments to the RTI Act now, but overall, it’s a vacuum there, a killing void hampering the India growth story, giving us an India where Indians are thrown behind bars for making cartoons or tweeting against the politicians.

These Sparks are the only hope for the ‘India redemption story’. They need to become the radiance of the change. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -