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 31 January 2013


When it was conceived to deal with corruption!

Today, the country marched ahead in getting yet another avenue of institutionalized corruption. The Union Cabinet today approved the much (MUCH) diluted and toothless version of the ‘Lokpal Bill’.

Much has been talked about the futile utility of the Lokpal that the government wants to build. The whole political class conspired to create an institution that was in no way capable enough to keep check on the erring politicians and bureaucrats.

Lokpal Bill’s history is over four decades old but every initiative was killed effectively. The recent one, that began in 2011 looks to go ahead one step further.

It is not going to kill the initiative. It is going to kill the spark left after every killed initiative in the past that had reignited the demand every time. It is going to institutionalize the Lokpal. Now, the drum-beating would begin. The propaganda machinery would focus on showing it as an achievement. The institutionalization would serve their purpose to kill the voices for Lokpal. They would say we have done it. They would ask the activists to seek ‘legal’ and ‘constitutional’ recourse if they demand changes. They would happily allow the battle to become ‘for an effective Lokpal’ from ‘for a Lokpal’. That would give them time to devise more political con to buy more time.

Almost every political party had some objection when the Bill was presented in the Parliament in 2011. Somehow, the Lok Sabha was able to pass a much diluted version as the number game helped the ruling United Progressive Alliance government. The ruling alliance members got their points in and out. The opposition members got their chance in the Rajya Sabha where the ruling coalition didn’t have the numbers. They got ball rolling in the upper house of the Parliament. The country saw the shameless display of political audacity and insensitivity when the Bill was stalled and the Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die at the midnight of December 29, 2011.

The subsequent events since then have further diluted the Lokpal Bill. What the Union Cabinet today approved after some more amendments is nothing but a fallacy intended to continue the delirium the political class wants to keep the masses in.

They believe the half-baked products of this democracy have no political alternatives and have no intellectual depth to think over the political scheming over issues like Lokpal.

After being approved by the Union Cabinet, the Bill will be sent to the Rajya Sabha. It will see the Lok Sabha again to get nod for the amendments. It is expected to happen in the upcoming Budget session of the Parliament.

So, the stage is set for another administrative behemoth that will survive on the exchequer’s money squeezing out the always scarce fund available at common man’s disposal. Had it been a groundbreaking initiative in creating a transparent and effective ombudsman powerful enough to check and prosecute corruption at every level, the input cost would really make a sense.

But being more of an advisory body and being more of yet another tool in a lengthy judicial process, the proposed Lokpal, would only add to the misery of the endless wait to see the culprits punished.

And when every government institution is crumbling under the omnipresent tentacles of corruption; when a President is accused of wasting public money on meaningless tours; when the Prime Minister is accused on letting corruption unchecked; when a chief justice of the Supreme Court faces corruption allegations; when the CBI director is accused of favouring a politician like Lalu Yadav in the Fodder Scam; when the Gandhi family is accused of subverting the law to clear name of Robert Vadra in dubious land deals; and so many more case studies and examples of corruption at every level of the governing machinery, it is foolhardy to expect that the upcoming Lokpal would not become just yet another opportunity for its employees to execute more under-the-table deals. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -