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, 23 January 2013


Rahul Gandhi was elevated as the Vice-President of the Indian National Congress in the recently held party meeting at Jaipur. He delivered his first Vice-Presidential speech on January 20, 2013. It had all the elements of a Rahul Gandhi speech (

But since it was the first one after his formal elevation (even if the elevation was just a symbolic one and he was already the part of central decision making pivot along with mother, Sonia Gandhi, in the grand old party of India), let’s have a look on the content and contentions. The speech had many contradictory elements.

Now there can be alternative ways to look at the contradictions in the context of this speech.

The elements of contradiction may be an indication that Rahul Gandhi realizes the pitfalls and negative elements in the functioning of the Congress party and intends to work to rectify them.

Alternatively, it was a poor speechmaking again which belied the content of the speech in the context of the history of the background.

Let’s take up contradictions* from the speech (sourced from the All India Congress Committee website**):

Contradiction -1: Leadership, Centralization and Decentralization

“Power is grossly centralized in our country.  We only empower people at the top of a system.  We don’t believe in empowering people all the way to bottom.”

“We need the aam aadmi to participate in our politics.  Because even as I speak their future is being decided in closed rooms.” 

अब मैं थोडा हिंदी में, संगठन के बारे में बोलना चाहता हूँ। आपने मुझे ये बहुत बड़ी जिम्मेदारी दी है, और ये एक पार्टी कहलाती है मगर सचमुच में ये एक परिवार है। इस बात को आप मानते हैं की ये हिंदुस्तान का, शायद दुनिया का सबसे बड़ा परिवार है और इसमें हिंदुस्तान के सब लोग अन्दर आ सकते हैं।

दूसरी बात, हम लीडरशिप डेवलपमेंट पर फोकस नहीं करते। आज से 5-6 साल बाद ऐसी बात होनी चाहिए। अगर किसी स्टेट में हमें chief-minister की जरूरत हो, तो जैसे पहले फोटो हुआ करती थी कांग्रेस पार्टी की, चालीस फोटो हुआ करती थी। नेहरु, पटेल, आज़ाद जैसे हुआ करते थे, giants होते थे, उनमें से कोई भी देश का PM बन सकता था। उनमें से कोई भी देश को चला सकता था। सिर्फ प्रदेश को नहीं, देश को चला सकें, ऐसे 40-50 नेता तैयार करने हैं। 

Yes, Mr. Rahul Gandhi, power is absolutely centralized in our country and it has much to do with the absence of the internal democracy in the political parties and an ever-strengthening dynasty politics.

The prevailing culture of the political parties in India has become person-centric when the need is of a process-centric political culture.

It began with the Congress party just after the Independence and slowly engulfed the whole political space in the country leaving few exceptions.

A look back at the prime-ministerial tenures and the Congress party presidential tenures is self explanatory.

Presidents of the Congress party from the Nehru-Gandhi family post-Independence (since August 15, 1947)

Jawaharlal Nehru – 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954
Indira Gandhi – 1959, 1978-83, 1983-83
Rajiv Gandhi – 1985-1991
Sonia Gandhi – 1998 to Present

Total number of years when the Congress party has had a party president from the Nehru-Gandhi family: 32 years (Out of 65 years of Independence)

Prime ministers of India from the Nehru-Gandhi family post-Independence (since August 15, 1947):

Jawaharlal Nehru - 1947–1964
Indira Gandhi - 1966–1977, 1980–1984
Rajiv Gandhi - 1984–1989

Total number of years when the country had a prime-minister from the Nehru-Gandhi family: 38 years (Out of 65 years of Independence)


* Parts of Rahul Gandhi’s speech have been taken up randomly based on the suitability of a particular element of contradiction.

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