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.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013


Anna Hazare has, once again, tried to re-organize the disarrayed anti-corruption movement. He chose the Mahatma’s Martyrdom Day for the occasion. He announced formation of a ‘Jantantra Morcha’ during a rally held at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan today.

He categorically said certain things that if followed, may help to make elements of a logical beginning that is needed to undo the wrongs of the 2011 movement and to sustain the momentum in the long run. He said:

The organization ‘Jantantra Morcha’ would be a countrywide organization. The movement of 2011 failed due to lack of vision. There was more of promising than action on the ground. There was nothing in terms of strategy and organizational planning in terms of changing times and changing needs. Once again, Anna Hazare says to tour the country to awaken the people. He needs to walk the talk this time.

Jantantra Morcha would not contest elections. Now going political is not a sin, and especially, when you are pitted against the cunning politicians. But given the fact that it was the political aspiration of Arvind Kejriwal and some others of the so-called Team Anna and vagueness over the issue that became one of the major reasons in derailing the anti-corruption movement launched in April 2011. The internal differences led the team to split. The bitter infighting between the sections of Team Anna still surfaces between the ‘Aam Admi Party’ and the ‘India Against Corruption’ members. Now, clarity should prevail.

Anna Hazare spoke of the message in clearer terms. He said the outfit would work to awaken the people. He spoke of key changes. Before the rally, he had spoken of ‘Vyawastha Parivartan’. He reiterated his call for ‘Jan Lokpal’, ‘Right to Reject’, Right to Recall’ and ‘Electoral Reform’.

What still goes with Anna Hazare is his unblemished life. He may lack an enhanced vision that is needed to scale-up small stirs into mass movements but that is certainly not a handicap. He could not get the committed lieutenants last time who could have worked like a bridge for this missing area and that was the basic problem.

The beginning today was not a hyped one. It was not from a political nerve centre like Delhi. It looked clearer on intent and objectives.

Much damage has been done and the common man is humiliated after being duped by the high-tide and low-ebb of the 2011 anti-corruption movement.

Let’s see if this could be a beginning in the right direction to undo the wrongs committed. Resurrecting the movement and building on that comes later on.

The rally today and the events preceding it had elements of the ‘Mahatma’s Symbolism’. But mere Mahatma’s Symbolism won’t do we have seen it. His methods and teachings need to be seen in today’s perspectives and need to be followed in letter and spirit.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -