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 5 December 2012


The current breed of Thackerays in the office now, Raj and Uddhav, are not as tall as Bal Thackeray was in the Maratha politics. Both of them are well past their formative years and have not been able to make a significant presence felt till now.

Yes, MNS has done well in the recent elections but that show still doesn’t qualify to sustain a long run in the politics. Until now, the both Thakcerays were under the Bal Thackeray patronage and though operating different political outfits, they had the singular influence and charisma of the senior Thackeray to back them.

Now that is gone.  

Both of them should realize they are a vulnerable lot irrespective of the millions strong gathering for the Thackeray Senior funeral.

Both of them realize that to remain relevant in the regional, and to some extent, in the national politics, they need to perform well in assembly and parliamentary elections.

They know there are many other taller leaders in Maharashtra politics who can easily outshine them now with the mainstream political agenda because the Thackerays are now minus the Bal Thackeray charisma.

So they would do all to grab the attention, to gain the maximum out of the Bal Thackeray legacy and given the constituency, the senior Thackeray and they have nurtured over the years, they are left with nothing but their militant politics to follow.

The mob that gathered in Thackeray’s funeral would certainly have fired the ambitions to follow the tried and tested line of Sena-style politics.

And the present Shiv Sena leadership has already begun on this line. The vandals of Shiv Sena damaged private property and threatened kins of two girls on an innocuous Facebook post on the ‘bandh’ observed after senior Thackeray’s death. Shiv Sena vandals got two simple girls arrested for it. Their crime - one had posted while her friend had merely liked it. After much media attention and the subsequent criticism, the girls were freed.

We need to be ready for more such ‘Sena bravado’ as the vandals already have the next line of ammunition in the Thackeray memorial row.

While Congress and MNS are opposed to its Sena-demanded place at Shivaji Park, NCP is doing only politicking not directly opposing the Sena’s demand. BMC has served Sena a notice to remove the temporary memorial and Sena is issuing warnings and threats against the removal.

Uddhav Thackeray is already talking of running the show in the name of the patriarch and he and his party would do all to keep the memorial issue burning in the immediate run to gain the political mobilization of the mob-base of Shiv Sena supporters from Thackeray Senior to Thackeray Junior.

And Uddhav and Raj differences that have emerged again would force the MNS to adopt the similar line if the Shiv Sena plans to mobilize the support base using the Sena-style of militant politics works.

It is going to be the mob mentality on the display again.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -