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.

Monday, 24 December 2012


A Thomson Reuters report of July 2012 describes condition of women in India in these words: Canada best G20 country to be a woman, India worst - Policies that promote gender equality, safeguards against violence and exploitation and access to healthcare make Canada the best place to be a woman among the world’s biggest economies, a global poll of experts showed on Wednesday. Infanticide, child marriage and slavery make India the worst, the same poll concluded.

Sometimes, it almost looks like a hopeless situation. Urbanizing India is certainly a development to talk about but there is no denial that the gender crime is present there, too. Casting-couch and glass-ceiling have only added to the oldies like dowry murders, molestation, eve-teasing and rape cases.

Forced sex and prostitution is one big ring that operates in almost every city. Don’t the police and the public know the red-light areas of the city they are residents of? Yes, they know. Some from the public make the customers. Police see it as the consistent source of income. And women are traded. The blood is sucked out and the flesh is cut dried to the extent that it becomes insensitive to every sensation.

The system is working to maintain and promote the status-quo if not to worsen. We can say worsening is not a feasible option anymore as changing times have brought to the surface the voices seeking end to this status-quo. But the rhythm, the flow is still not there.

At the same time, the policymakers have been successful in making the voices demanding the change one-shot events ultimately labeling and treating them as standalone exigencies where a minimalistic approach to the remedy is used to kill the larger scope of an issue.

The changing urban scenario in India, mixed with the increasing media consumerism, makes metro and big cities places where voices-for-change can be raised, heard and promoted.

The policymakers in the system realize this. But, they also realize that there is a much larger, voiceless and suppressed India that forms the major chunk of their vote bank and not this metro India. They also realize that the information consumerism has made it possible for the voices of this metro India to reach the non-metro and rural India.

They realize that this outreach has the potential to affect the mindset of this larger India once a movement gets an upper hand in dealing with the politicians and policymakers as had happened in the initial days of the anti-corruption movement launched by Anna Hazare. If it happens so, they are bound to lose their vote-bank and their unlimited access to rule and lord over us.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -