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.

Thursday, 20 December 2012


The girl is putting up a brave fight and we are praying for her. She wants to live more and she wants to know if her perpetrators have been arrested.

Yes, five of them are caught but reports say they are remorseless on what they have done.

The promises say efforts would be made to wind up the case within two months.

Delhi’s chief minister says she is ready to take the girl abroad for treatment.
Delhi High Court is positive about setting up of special courts to handle rape cases.
Reports say government is considering amending law to include death sentence as a possible penalty in rape cases.
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has spoken of forming a task force to monitor the safety and security of women in Delhi.

All said and done, still the sixth accused is at large. Some reports said of presence of one more accused.  No further words about it.

People are demanding action on the careless cops. Protesters at the Delhi CM’s residence were to face water-cannon yesterday.

The Delhi Police commissioner said the incident was horrible yet he went on to add that it was not possible check every bus. Remember, he is the police head of the national capital of India making such a pathetic statement.

Then there was yet another irresponsible statement by yet another high-raking cop, the police commissioner of Thane, Maharashtra who put forward unsolicited advice of using chilly-powder for self-defence. How silly! What are these high-ranking cops for then?

The Parliament was quick in reacting. Some of the parliamentarians broke down on the savagery in this case. They could have easily amended and passed a Bill with tougher penal action against the rape cases. See the horrible data on rape from two secondary media sources:

AFP: Official figures show rape cases alone more than doubled between 1990 and 2008, though part of the rise could be attributed to better reporting.

National crime records show that 228,650 of the total 256,329 violent crimes recorded last year targeted women, with conviction rates for rape cases at 26 percent.

CNN-IBN: The number of rapes in India shot up from 1953 to 2011 by a staggering 873 per cent, the CPI-M's "People's Democracy" said in its latest edition released Thursday.

The 873 per cent rise since 1953 to 2011 is three times faster than all cognizable crimes put together and three-and-a-half times faster than murder. And between 2007 and 2011, rape incidents rose by 9.7 per cent.

The People's Democracy quoted the newspaper Guardian as saying: "Of all the G-20 nations, India has been labelled the worst place to be a woman."

In a survey conducted by Thomson Reuters' Trust Law Women, a hub of information and support for women's rights, India ranked with Afghanistan, Congo and Somalia as one of the most dangerous places for women.

What this set of data says has been an open truth. You don’t need an eye-opener anymore. But, probably Mr. Shinde and his colleagues need.

Mr. Shinde, it has continued for years and you still need a task force to understand?

Why couldn’t the Parliament enact a tougher law when this case was reported first and we had an instant nationwide outrage erupted the next day on December 17? Parliament’s Winter Session had its last day on December 21 and that still made it four days from December 17 to make a conclusive decision.

And above all, we the victims, who acted so carelessly. There were many who passed the stretch, saw both of them, but none bothered to care about. The time that lapsed between a good human soul seeing and reporting about and the help reaching to them was of prime medical importance for the girl now putting a spirited fight for her right to live.

Maddening and heartless, isn’t it? And it is not just Delhi specific Mr. Shinde! 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -