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.

Monday, 17 December 2012



An angry gesture! Concern for the ‘Aam Aadmi’! Hard-hitting words! Tearing into the opponents! 

This is what makes the primary elements of Rahul Gandhi’s speeches, delivered hot on location.

Largely not customized! Mostly the context missing! Almost similar sounding examples and epithets! Flood of claims signifying and cornering achievements in the name of the grand old party of India not going into the nuances of relevance!

All in the magnificently big context of the mountainous anti-incumbency of his party led national government!

It unwinds all.

And when it couples with Rahul’s abysmal record (till now) as the ‘politician with a difference’, it makes his speeches sound even more routine, just as flurry of words without substance.  

And staking claims for achievements like mobile phones or computer revolution in the name of the glorious history of the Congress party is equally counterproductive.

Now no one is going to buy these statements. As said earlier, these are basically consumer-driven industrial policies and have to be followed and promoted by every government.

Like the retail FDI decision, every such decision to introduce a new technology for commercial purposes and the new format of businesses is taken in the global environment. It is not about who let the television technology come to India or liberalized industrial policies for the private players to play larger role in the business sectors like telecom, information-technology and now retail.

Such decisions are driven by the incumbent internal and external factors. The decision to allow the multi-brand retail FDI is the telling example in hand. The slowdown of domestic and global economy and the pressure of countries like the US played the major role in it. Had it been the NDA government at the helm of the affairs in the circumstances, it would have done the same.

And claiming benefits of such decisions, the outcomes of which are so huge, spread over a long period of time, dissected and diversified, to a single party or a single or group of persons, is another thing that one should avoid while writing speeches (India may be a half-baked democracy but certainly it is not a North Korea or China) – no singing paeans please.

The maximum one can go for in contextualizing the validity of such decisions by packaging and customizing the speech keeping in mind the target audience.

And all this reflects on the type of the politics Rahul has been practicing (and not what he had raised the hopes about)!

Coming back to his speeches in the light of all this, it has been an observation that the elements of the speech that Rahul begins a campaign with dominate verbatim throughout the campaign.

The problem is not with the elements. It is about being them verbatim. Another factor is the transfer of some of those elements from one campaign to the other without the necessary circumstantial changes. Also the other major problem is the narrow choice of the examples to exemplify. Some other relevant issues are:

Rahul’s speeches are not localized.

The content of the speeches is not customized.

Speeches are high on rhetoric but low on substance.

There have been poor research to back the allegations made in the speeches and we have seen misfires.

To continue..

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