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.

Sunday 16 December 2012



I cannot say whether Rahul Gandhi and his ‘Team RG’ took note of such reports and went back to women like Kalawati, but even this one rightly puts Rahul Gandhi in the dock, and so his team of strategists.

Another oft-quoted thing in Rahul’s speech is his experiences about Dalits and his visits to the rural hutments when he targets the Dalit vote bank. But after examples like ‘Kalawati’, poor show of Dalit Congress candidates in the 2012 Uttar Pradesh assembly election and Rahul’s discriminatory response on farmers’ miseries in Bhatta Parsaul and Maval, every such assertion starts looking just empty.

If one googles, one can easily find what Rahul had been saying on his visits to the Dalit hutments or in the Dalit-targeted rallies. The observation in the Business Standard report flats out the logic behind every such speech or statement.

He had a series of such visits but the accumulating quantum of a past of ‘not walking the talk’ proved him wrong even if he campaigned hard in the immediate context.

He spoke similar and he didn’t look to act, equally similarly.

Rahul Gandhi does it again, visits Dalit village in Allahabad

Rahul's post-poll lesson on Dalit politics

The Business Standard report highlighted how badly the Rahul Gandhi’s Dalit strategy had worked: The young Gandhi had travelled across half the 85 reserved constituencies in the state, highlighting to his Dalit audiences the allegedly corruption-ridden BSP regime. Yet, of the 89 Dalits fielded by the Congress (including the 85 on reserved seats), it won only five. This was a fall from even its 2007 tally, where it had managed to win seven.

Gandhi had spent several nights in Dalit homes, sharing meals with their families on his visits to community hamlets. Yet, it wasn’t enough. Still, in his interactions with party leaders from the state, he has advised them to focus on winning over Dalit support.

Rahul Gandhi's Dalit chant turns out to be election gimmick

Rahul Gandhi all set to dent Mayawati's dalit bastion

He had said while flagging off Chetna Yatra in Uttar Pradesh’s Ambedkarnagar district: “I am here to change that politics; what UP needs is the politics of youth, the politics of development and employment.” (Change?? – in fact, the Congress party failed miserably in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections)
Accepted it is norm to do all such things for political survival and Rahul didn’t do anything wrong. But he indeed was wrong for he didn’t have to do the things the way other politicians used to do or were doing.

He had to be extremely careful to see what he was speaking. He needed to see if the content was localized and his words were going to see the light of the day.

His political survival and ascension was dependent on the ‘innovation factor’ that he had to bring to his personality and his ‘politics’.

He just had not to target Mayawati or any other established Dalit leader, he had to emerge as a leader of words, someone who would never be seen in the league of Mayawati or the likes but it is Mayawati who (along with Mulayam Singh Yadav), has been saving the UPA government, most recently during the retail FDI vote in the Parliament.

That is not a value-based politics. But, Rahul had begun with generating such high hopes only.

To continue.. 

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