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, 6 December 2012


The cab driver was a Muslim. He had four Hindu passengers sitting in his cab. During the course of the city itinerary and the thread of conversation that followed, the one most obvious thing that cropped up was how the political leaders of both of the communities exploit the ordinary citizens.

It was concluded in the 60-minutes travel time that the common members of both of the communities (defined as the ‘Aam Aadmi’) do not keep any mutual hatred and issues like Godhara train burning or Godhara riots or Babri Mosque demolition are well past in the history.

Their sustenance as issues bigger enough to affect the normal functioning of the society is just brainchild of the political class.

The provocation to indulge in rioting is only impulsive for the masses and when they realize the futility, they stop caring about it. Example of Bhartiya Janta Party’s failure in Uttar Pradesh was sighted again. The party that rode to power in Uttar Pradesh after the vote polarization in the aftermath of the mosque demolition has failed to exploit the issue after one full term.

It was concluded that a common member of both of the communities has to worry daily for the subsistence of his family and he is more or less indifferent to issues like this which do nothing but disrupt the social and economical means to sustain that very family.

It was concurred that all of them sitting in the cab were following religion and somewhat believed in god in their own ways and thought a god would never allow one to take others’ lives in any case.

And it is on these lines all the time.

Most of the times, when unknown people from these two communities come together in a place (in India), we find conversation on these lines.

That is actually the case but the phrase ‘impulsive reaction’ unwinds all. The religious and political leaders exploit this ‘reacting on an impulse’ mob trait of the masses from both of the communities to further their religious and political agenda.

To continue.. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -