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.

Friday 14 December 2012



Much has been written about the celebrated team of Rahul Gandhi. They started very well. I am not going into the overall details here. Here, it is basically about what Rahul Gandhi talked and how it all went kaput. Rahul’s speeches sounded really different initially. They sounded politically off-beat and that was the best thing about it. They sounded politically experimental and that was the needed aspect of it.

But it didn’t get the support of the task-master in Rahul. He has worked hard. We saw it in the elections of Bihar in 2012 and Uttar Pradesh in 2012. Though the Congress party says the defeats (the humiliating ones) could not be attributed to Rahul Gandhi, it was indeed Rahul’s loss.

And it happened because Rahul could not walk the talk. There came many issues when the country, especially its youth expected from him to take a different stand from the worn-out line of the now-debased Indian politics, especially on the corruption and Lokpal issue. He simply toed the line of the politicians who were conniving to derail and dilute the Lokpal Bill.

He was biased when it came to his visit to the agitating farmers in Bhatta Parsaul in Uttar Pradesh where the Congress party was not in government. He didn’t show that alertness in reacting on the police firing on Maval farmers of Maharashtra because his party was a coalition-government partner there.

There are similar case studies where Rahul had to take a different and clear stand.

But Rahul either didn’t speak or if spoke, the words sounded more of speechwriters and not his, increasingly sounding more and more alienated from the vital facts.

The transition that was a must from a communication management launch-pad for a beginner to the growing presence of a full-grown politician with a difference looks to have lost its rhythm midway.

It cannot be said if Rahul and his team haven’t thought on these lines as Rahul’s speeches and his ‘Team RG’ have been much in news and the recent history cannot claim positive coverage. But given the consistency of the dull approach, one is driven to believe that they haven’t or they prefer to ignore (for reasons, they only can understand).

Giving high-pitched speeches with an angry-mannerism has become style of Rahul and that is good if exploited well. But that is not happening. Rahul is touring the length and breadth of India and delivering speeches. But the India’s political exploration goes far beyond it and that has not happened. He is surface-touching India when the need is to adapt a participative approach).

Also, covering a vast area needs a divergent approach in words. Every speech has to be backed well by sound research to get localized in the local context where it has to be delivered.

But the ones delivered during the campaigning in the Gujarat assembly Election of 2012 say ‘no lessons were learnt’ again.

To continue..

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