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, 2 December 2012


Worlds AIDS Day passed yesterday. It marked yet another year of fighting to control the deadly virus. Let’s see how the world marked the journey this year by the top headlines on the Google news list with the search phrase ‘World AIDS Day’.

South Africa improves in fighting HIV-AIDS - Boston Globe
China faces HIV/AIDS epidemic - In-Depth-CNN
HIV/AIDS patients' children suffer in silence - China Daily
Can Ukraine Lead the Fight Against HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe ... - Huffington Post
South Africa makes progress in HIV, AIDS fight - The Associated Press
'Drop in HIV/AIDS cases in State' - The Hindu
On World AIDS Day, patients wait for diagnostic machines to function - Firstpost
World AIDS Day: China's strange prejudice against AIDS patients - Washington Post
World AIDS Day: Overcoming Fear of Failure & Fear of Success - Huffington Post
'Glee' actor: Reach globally to teach youth about AIDS - CNN
World AIDS Day: 25 Years of Progress - Huffington Post
On World Aids Day, let's help end prejudice against those with HIV - The Guardian
World AIDS Day: More hope than ever before -
World Aids Day: David Cameron calls for greater awareness - BBC News
A Generation Free of AIDS? - Huffington Post (blog)
HIV+ve muscleman bags Mr South Asia title – The Times of India
Zero discrimination against HIV positive patients an unrealistic target: Ghulam Nabi Azad – The Times of India
AIDS treatment cheaper in India – The Times of India
India records 57 percent drop in new HIV cases - Daily News & Analysis
HIV not necessarily a death warrant – The Times of India
HIV claimed 60000 less lives last year in India – The Times of India
World AIDS day: Hope rises in Asia in fight against HIV/AIDS – Global Post
End of AIDS in sight says UN report as new HIV infections continue to fall – Daily Mail
World AIDS Day: Survivor recounts his battle with the deadly virus – CNN-IBN
HIV is as manageable as diabetes or hypertension: doctor - The Hindu
HIV epidemic showing signs of reversal: WHO - The Hindu

These are some of the top headlines of the trusted media houses globally selected randomly. The common thread among them is they mostly talk about positive things about the HIV/AIDS fight. Though the reports are a mixed collage of local, national and international origin, this write-up is based on the headlines only on what they convey primarily. As we say headline of a news report reflects the content, we here get a positive view irrespective of what the report contains.

The trend of the epidemic is reversing. Cases as well death cases are on decline. South Africa is improving its performance and that is significant as the Sub-Saharan countries have the maximum number of HIV-infected people.

Another focus is the ‘Zero Discrimination’ theme and the time is ripe when we need to plan and give a serious push to the social changes in order to rehabilitate the HIV-infected people with dignity. That is a difficult task no doubt as it involves mindset change but alignment of the scientific achievements making the virus less and less deadly with the parallel social communication spreading awareness about the same would certainly help in demystifying many wrong notions.

After all, there was a time when a Tuberculosis patient was isolated completely from the society and we know that sentiment has totally gone now with the scientific progress leaving the deadly two-lettered ‘TB’ as an easily manageable affair with proper medication.

Many headlines suggest that ‘dealing with the social stigma attached to the HIV/AIDS’ is going to be greater talking point in the days to come.

One negative point that is worrying as the virus itself is the troubling headlines from China, the world’s most populous country, like the CNN, Washington Post and China Daily ones above.

China is a ticking time-bomb of many things due to its close administration and suppressive governance. If reports say the country is facing HIV/AIDS epidemic, it really calls for immediate and urgent action. But nothing can be said about China’s retrogressive leadership when it comes to social and political reforms.

The only hope here is the country’s dictators would lend some sincere ears to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Even if they could pour a fraction of what they are investing in building skyscrapers, high-speed rail lines, funding bankrupt public sector banks or in indoctrinating the present and future Chinese generations with ideology of the power elite of the country, the country would be well on the way to handle the HIV/AIDS epidemic effectively. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -