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, 27 December 2012


Actually it doesn't take much decoding into, not even for the ‘theek hai’ element that prompted for some other elements of inquiry to come up. Altogether, it was a routine Manmohan Singh stuff, in full fervour with all the elements – delayed, written, without soul, without substance, without connect and above all, not required.

We have become so accustomed of these elements in his speeches that there wasn’t left much to think about.

First of all, some simple (cardinal) points: what all that went wrong (‘theek nahi raha’) 

If at all, Mr. Singh’s soul pushed him to speak up on the issue, the father of three daughters in him should have delivered a self-prepared, unwritten speech.

On such an emotional issue, he needed to have established connect and the body language was must for it, but, for almost of the whole time of the brief message, sitting stiff, he kept on looking at the paper reading the speech.

The speech had many silly pointers like the reference of ‘three daughters’ or ‘we will examine without delay’. You are coming with a brief message and that too, after a week of the heinous crime when there is public outpour of emotion and outage and yet, you go on to say that your government will examine without delay the responses, when you and your government are to take the blame, when the irresponsible acts by your political class and the police administration made the matters worse by mishandling the protests.

The protests on the Delhi gangrape were spontaneous and that tells its emotional character. Yes emotions run high during such moments and yet, you, already delayed, came up with a message that had no emotional connect, just the routine words to complete the quorum. The dispassionate message rather gave the impression that you were forced to address the nation on the issue after the mounting public protests.

After seeing him speaking in monotone and delivering routine and empty speeches for over years, no one should expect from Manmohan Singh that he would be able to exercise the elements of voice modulation and body language in his speech.

But given the high emotional quotient of the issue, and him claiming the Connect on the basis of being the father of three daughters, these elements should naturally have come into the picture. That didn’t happen.

Even then the benefit of doubt could have been given to Manmohan Singh on the basis that in his age, people are well adept at covering emotions. But Mr. Prime Minister, that was not required here. We needed an emotional prime minister on the screen here.

Public’s run of emotion and its outrage can be gauged by its fury over the ‘theek hai’ slip during the recording.

A message delivered with heavy heart transcends into your persona at the moment and the ‘theek hai’ question gave valid chances to question Manmohan’s intent and his seriousness.

‘theek hai’ made him sounding like he was detached with the words he was speaking. It conveyed as if the words were not coming from inside.

‘theek hai’ summed up a speech that was entirely hopeless. The positioning and timing of ‘theek hai’ utterance came to highlight that hopelessness when the public on the street was demanding urgent action from the prime minister of the country and was not ready to leave until some concrete steps were taken.

‘theek hai’ finished up a speech that didn’t mention, not a single word, against the police brutality on the protesters, that the police shouldn’t have acted in such a high-handed manner. Instead, he ended up lecturing us to maintain peace. The one-sided advice was again a misplaced element in the message.

Naturally, for them, Manmohan speech was not ‘theek’ (right). And they rightly said ‘theek nahi hai’ over it.

Here is the Manmohan’s message on the Delhi gangrape that he delivered on December 24, 2012. The video available on the PM of India website is of 2:13 minutes. (1)

PM’s message

My fellow citizens,

There is genuine and justified anger and anguish at the ghastly crime of gang rape committed last Sunday in Delhi. As a father of three daughters myself, I feel as strongly about this as each one of you. My wife, my family and I are all joined in our concern for the young woman who was the victim of this heinous crime. We are constantly monitoring her medical condition. Let us all pray for her and her loved ones during this critical time.

I also feel deeply sad at the turn of events leading to clashes between protesters and police forces. Anger at this crime is justified but violence will serve no purpose. I appeal to all concerned citizens to maintain peace and calm. I assure you that we will make all possible efforts to ensure security and safety of women in this country. The Home Minister has already spoken about the steps being taken. We will examine without delay not only the responses to this terrible crime but also all aspects concerning the safety of women and children and punishment to those who commit these monstrous crimes. Our Government will keep you informed of the steps we are taking and the processes we are following.

I appeal to all sections of society to maintain peace and help us in our efforts.

Link to the ‘theek hai’ message on NDTV:

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -