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, 24 December 2012


Yesterday, we had yet another gem from our conveniently-silent and comfortably-numb Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

No one can say what caused Mr. Manmohan Singh to break his silence after seven days of the Delhi gangrape in a moving bus, but it would have been better had he maintained his familiar, formidable silence.

Manmohan is expressionless, emotionless or so seasoned to cover his emotions and expressions might have been a matter of debate in the initial days when his bad phase during the second term of the United Progressive Alliance government began but certainly not now.

The country should not have demanded that its prime minister come forward and give a statement on the plight of the young girl fighting for life after the brutal gangrape, for, rather than soothing, it left us in the bad taste.

It was as mechanical as Sheila Dikshit’s sympathy for the girl, for, it didn't give us any hope.

Dr. Singh, here too, is getting able support of his colleagues like Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde, the person supposed to handle the internal security of the country. According to a PTI report, Mr. Shinde appeared to equate the young protesters of Delhi with the Maoists. He said in various interviews, "It is very easy to ask the Home Minister to go to India Gate and talk. Tomorrow if any other party's demonstration goes on why should not the Home Minister go there. Tomorrow Congress and BJP will demonstrate, tomorrow Maoists will come here to demonstrate with weapons".

Please give us a list of your preferences Mr. Shinde.

Another Congress leader, this time, the chief of the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee, Botsa Satyanarayana, had another gem to offer. He told reporters in Hyderabad: “Do we roam in streets at midnight as we got Independence at midnight? It would have been better if the girl did not travel by a private bus at that time.”

Dear Mr. Prime Minister, what is this?

If you and your team cannot sooth the pain, let alone eliminating it, please don’t aggravate it.

The real shine of Manmohan Singh’s speech that shocked and left us speechless came in last when he was done with his statement and asked his staff if everything went right by asking ‘theek hai’. ‘theekhai’ became a hot trend on the social media platforms afterward.

It could have been a normal slip but not in the prevailing circumstances. A delayed (as usual) Manmohan was reading mechanically a written message that didn't give us any hope. And to add to the misery, his 'theek hai' was like rubbing salt on the wound. The 'theek hai' (irrespective of what it was intended for), was not 'theek' (right), for Manmohan as well as for us. 

No one can say how it slipped out but there should be a task-force to investigate and introduce the team or the gentleman to the country who engaged us so intensely with this gem.

For, though unintentionally, he (or they) let us have yet another point to count on where Mr. Manmohan Singh and his government have failed us.

Manmohan Singhji, ye theek nahi hai, ye nahi chalega, ye nahi hona chahiye!

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -