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, 7 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 the 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.

Yes, it’s the mob trait that gives opportunity to the political and religious leaders to exploit this ‘Aam Aadmi’ sentiment forcing them to react impulsively in the name of religion that results in senseless developments like riots or demolition of religious places.

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the Babri Mosque demolition. Most of the television channels were running stories on Ayodhya and Faizabad after 20 years of the mosque demolition perpetrated on December 6, 1992.

On the expected line, treatment of the stories was agenda driven on almost of the carriers. Some were showing almost harmony like situation between these two communities in the city now while some others were stressing that ‘tension’ still prevails there. Newspapers were not any different.

Like the television channels, newspapers, religious and political leaders, every human being is subjective and agenda-driven in personal capacity.

How much of the real time and effort is given to the agenda depends on how much you come to realize about it; in what context you see your life; in what System you exist; and ultimately, how do you equate your existence on identity-conscience and human-intellect paradigms.

Now in a society as diverse and equally economically poor as India, the context of the ‘Living’ of the majority (irrespective of the community affiliations), is what the System designs; is where the System forces.

And in such a System-driven population, it is always easier for the leaders (or manipulators) to instigate the mob-traits of the masses, say for instance for the Babri Mosque demolition or the riots in the aftermath.

After all, the point of the discussion during the cab ride, that most of us are somewhere religious in nature, is a very relevant tool in the hands of the manipulators, for they know, in a population largely devoid of the basic requirements of a dignified life, religion is the only aspect that gives the masses a sense of belonging (or the fleeting sense of relief from the endless miseries of life).

For, religion or the abode of the god gives masses a permanent vent to dissipate all the negative energy that circumnavigates their capacity to think positively in order to maintain the life on a day-to-day basis.  

One has to earn not for him but for a family. One has to play many roles. One has to live many expectations. Rules of the society make everything a commodity. One needs to monetize every minute of life in order to manage the financial needs for life-sustaining requirements like food, water, education, medicines and shelter.

Majority of the Indian population finds it hard to manage the affairs smoothly. It is the ideal situation for a middle class family when it could manage its day-to-day life smoothly on these five parameters.

And mind you this I write in the context of the middle class families. Most of them compromise daily on more than one of these five parameters to meet the ends.

Imagine the plight of the masses who live on less than $2 a day and according to the World Bank, they constitute over 60 per cent of the Indian population.

For them, none of these five parameters exist. They know just one thing that every day is a battle and they have to pass it somehow to see the next one.

Now this ‘over 60 per cent’ and the large middle class, always short of meeting expectations, have suppressed anger, on System, on them, and to for some, to some extent, on god.

They cannot complain against the System. It has become insensitive enough to listen to them. Weakened by the endless miseries of life, they dare not venture within or have forgotten that they had a conscience that, at some point of time, thought of dignified life, and so almost never think of reworking on them.

God, in such a society (that India is) is the ultimate institution where most of them go and seek some sort of solace. They complain to god about bad patches in their lives. They sometime, get angry over him. They plead with him to end the bad phase. They seek his mercy to end the bad days and bring good days. To sum it up, god is the only solution to all of their problems and the only key to the happier times.

In most of the cases, the bond is not spiritual but a need-based one where the devotee always seeks something from the giver (god) pinning all his hopes on his almighty.

This is true in the context of the majority of the Indian society because majority of the Indians are religious in nature.

And when anything negative happens to this institution of god, it provokes them to act instantly, impulsively, for they, somewhere, see their ‘institution of the last resort’ (and not faith in spiritual sense) threatened.

Religion and politics are deeply intertwined in the Indian society and so directly affect the mutual interests.

Religious and political leaders manipulate to create such situations to provoke masses of one community against the other to polarize the opinion. The sole aim is to maintain the leadership in a half-baked democracy that empowers citizens to chose leaders but at the same time, keeps them devoid of the intellectual discretion to sift good from bad; to select democrats from among the growing bunch of ‘pseudo-democrats’.

Democracy is the only option for a civilized society but it is a long term investment. 62 years of the Indian Republic has not been enough to inculcate the true spirit of democracy in the country. Its masses still act and react more like a mob than being the carriers of the democratic spirit.

The history of Indian democracy has given us some moments of relief when the voter truly used his discretionary power to bring the needed change like when he spoke against the Emergenycy; when he ousted Indira Gandhi from power; when his ‘spiral of silence’ dethroned the NDA government so unexpectedly.

But to his misery, the gain of these ‘history-making’ moments soon became history, for he chose to replace one problem with another.

Riots are still happening. Communal and sectarian tension still prevails in the society. Development politics has largely gone to a moratorium. Appeasement and polarization is the mainstay of almost every political group today.

And they are emboldened by the mob trait when we, the masses of India, supposed to use our discretionary power through our votes, act impulsively on the call of the religious and political leaders to further their agenda, and not the country’s.  

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -