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.

Sunday 20 January 2013


Rahul Gandhi was ‘formally’ elevated today when he was made the Vice-President of the Indian National Congress (INC).

‘No body but the Gandhi family calls the shots in the grand old party of India’ is an established fact and Rahul have been deciding virtually on all the policy matters of the party in the recent past, especially in the second innings of the United Progressive Alliance government. In that sense, he was elevated much earlier. Only the official coronation came today.

There have come many moments when the ‘groups’ of the INC raised highly hysterical demands to elevate Rahul Gandhi as the prime minister of this half-baked democracy (yes half-baked, because the dynasty politics is the antithesis of the spirit of a true democracy), that we proclaim as the Republic of India; that goes in record books as the world’s largest democracy.

Anyway, Rahul Gandhi and the INC are not the only to share the blame. In fact, it has become a chronic malaise of the Indian politics and curse of the Indian democracy.

But here it is about Rahul Gandhi, so let’s be with him. What his formal elevation means:

It is his official coronation as the PM-in-waiting. The Congress party is going to fight the next general elections under his ‘control’.

It is the official recognition of yet another setback to the true spirit of democracy, something which the Mahatma Gandhi fought for.

It tells us formidably that the Congress party is not going to see the crop of self-made national level political leaders in the near future (if the Congress party survives long enough).

If we go by the track record of Rahul Gandhi on the scale of political winnability, he has performed poorly. If that has any potent indicators, then it might well be the beginning of the permanent decline of the grand old party of India.

(The only exception to it has to come from Rahul only – a changed, unorthodox, sensitive avatar – the politician with a difference – something he had given hopes about when he began – the hopes that later came out crashing – can he? – the Trillion Dollar question of the Indian political league)

Any good out of all this despair!

An Opposition already paralyzed by the similar democratically regressive traits as is the case with the Congress party only worsens the current political concoction. That may give Rahul Gandhi some leverage in the immediate run, but the political history of India since Rajiv Gandhi happened, tells us that is not going to last long.

And there lies the opportunity.

The country may slip into a phase of political chaos but the churning is necessary to generate raw ingredients for newer and better political atmosphere. Thinking so is valid and logical in the changing India where the mature elements of democracy are headed to take the centrestage with a huge youth population exploiting and thriving on enhanced modes of communication and connectivity.

There cannot be a set timeframe, but it is bound to happen. Political formations and reformations are evolutionary in nature and take time to take shape. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -