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.

Sunday, 23 December 2012


Delhi is being called rape capital of India. It is true when we see it in the context of urban metro India where media exposure is accessible and cases see escalated reporting. 

But what about the small town, rural and hinterland India?

Now, all the politicians and the administration people - aren’t you aware that the condition is critical in almost every part of India and not just in Delhi?

Till October this year, 580 rape cases were reported in Delhi while the figures for 2011 and 2010 were 568 and 507 cases respectively. Conviction rate in rape cases in Delhi is 41.5 that is better than the India average of 26.4. In the last three years, the reported rape cases in India have seen consistent rise with 21, 397 (2009), 22,172 (2010), and 24,206 (2011) cases annually.

The dissected data shows the women of almost every age-group are victims. These multiple thousands are the reported cases. We need to keep in mind that much higher numbers than these figures are not reported. This is the dark underbelly that stretches across the length and breadth of the country.

Just do a simple googling with the search phrase ‘girl raped + India’ and you would see a number of recent cases, not only from Delhi. Rape itself is a heinous crime but many of the cases involve unimaginably shocking details.

Then why do we never hear the clamour about rape cases happening in this bigger part of India, even if it crosses all the limits of insanity?

The politicians and the administrative machinery - they are aware of it, for sure. But they won’t go for the overall kill because it is not their priority; because some of their brethren are facing similar charges (reports do confirm that India has politicians in legislatures facing rape charges); because they believe police is for them and not for Manmohan’s ‘aam aadmi’ (reports say each Delhi VIP consumes 20 cops while over 360 Delhiites are left on the whims and fancies of a single cop who has already become a pariah no one wants to approach).

This misuse of the resources meant for the public - the all-India figures would certainly be undeniably sorry, it can be said without any doubt. The law and order problem in small town and rural India in almost of the Indian states is a matter of big concern. Politicians, criminals and police lord over the pockets and rule as if they have no one to answer. The fine line between criminals and politicians was compromised a long ago.

To continue.. 

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