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.

Wednesday 19 December 2012


I am a peace-loving soul. I know about my identity and values. But I know I do need to get outraged.

And why shouldn’t I? Being not so would be inhuman, utterly ghastly.

A girl fighting for her life who wishes to live more, was raped, beaten brutally, and left to die, slaps us in the face, for we, the cowards, we, the products of this sterile society, fail to act again and again on the call.

Like you and me and everyone (as the Constitution of this country envisions), she, too, has the fundamental right to live with dignity. And this right is being denied by some perverts debased by false ego, male chauvinism and unrestrained run of libido. And the society, this whole system is to share the blame with these bastards for it has failed to act on the call, time and again.

The horror has been revisited many times. Everyday we hear cases of rape and gangrape. Every such case is a call to act swiftly. But every such call is ignored comfortably. Every year, there are some brutally horrible cases in some big cities getting the media attention and the subsequent public glare. Every day, there are rape-cases, severely heinous, in almost every part of the small-town and rural India. But they go unreported.

We, as a society, as media and advocacy advocates, as local, regional and national governing machinery, don’t do the follow-ups and we, so, don’t learn the lessons. Whenever such a heinous criminal activity is committed, we see the clamour growing for legalizing death sentence for the rapists or plugging the loopholes in the existing legal provisions and their implementation, only to subside a few days later. It has been a raging debate for years, but we are yet to see any concrete action.

Patience should have run-out much earlier. We, as a society, are in vital danger of being a dead lot. And the time is running out. The retribution has to be swift and unprecedented.

A heinous crime it was, and it needs equally ‘heinous’ punishment. Exemplary in magnitude! It has to be executed now.

We need to get rid of the unhealthy tradition of the ‘debating and debating but doing nothing’. Be it the death sentence, physical or chemical castration, or beheading in full public view as Saudi Arabia does with a rapist as per the Sharia law, it has to be done fast.

That is the only way to ensure peace and harmony in the system because we all need this society. We inhabit it. It inhabits us.

Doctors say they are moved by the fighting spirit of this young girl and most of us have cried, had tears in our eyes, for the pain she is suffering, for the torture she was inflicted with. That must not go waste.

The blood needs to boil for the justice to prevail. I need my peace but not at the cost of being an imbecile because if we do not act now, we are nothing but the mentally handicapped criminals promoting such perverts. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -