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.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012


When the supreme bosses are showing the way, the followers are bound to follow them dutifully.  

After Manmohan’s insensitive brief on what he thinks about the Delhi gangrape and the subsequent public outrage and after Mr. Shinde comparing young protesters with Maoists, it was turn of their yet another ardent follower (in delivering verbal volleys - and they are plentiful), Delhi’s police commissioner, Mr. Neeraj Kumar. Please excuse me if I am exaggerating.

In the aftermath of the Delhi gangrape protests, one thing is crystal clear that had it not been the huge public outcry on the streets, we would never have seen whatever developments have been so far in the case given the kind of blind leads the case had thrown initially.

And the fact that the crime itself owes its origin to some glaring lapses by the police slaps Delhi Police squarely in the face. These lapses are always there but whenever the criminal elements exploit them to perpetrate some inhuman crime like the Delhi gangrape, the issue comes to the forefronts.

Some years ago, a female journalist driving back to her home from work post-midnight was shot dead by some rogues for apparently no reason. That was a South Delhi area. There was much hue and cry. Some measures were taken only to go slack once the cry was over. Last year, a girl was shot dead in broad daylight by a jilted lover in Southwest Delhi. The blind case was solved after much public and media outrage and some tough remedy was 'proposed'.

The police have lost its character of being the people’s saviour first. Cracking these blind cases tells us police can solve most of the cases and prevent crime much more efficiently. But the increasing crime graph tells us they are not willing (of course, for variety of reasons!).

So when there is outcry and outrage, it does as much so as to save its skin.

The way the Delhi police commissioner has handled the issue since the very beginning only confirms the insensitive and inhuman character of the police.

It also represents (once again) the colonial mindset with which the high-ranked administrative officers work. There have been debates and commissions to overhaul the selection and training process of the Indian Administrative Services but nothing on the ground has been done.

These officers, in collaboration with their bosses, run the country. So much depends on them. Mr. Neeraj Kumar is just one among many of them we saw it in this case, and we are still observing the ugly blame game, be the law and order maintenance or the death of the injured Delhi Police constable.

To continue..

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -