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, 3 February 2013



All our public systems – administration, justice, education, political systems – all of them are designed to keep people with knowledge out. They are all closed systems. Their design promotes mediocrity and mediocrity dominates discussion while the voices of insight and thought are crushed by the loudness of those who possess neither understanding nor compassion.

And every single day all of us are faced with the hypocrisy of this system.  We all see it.  And then we pretend that it is not there.

The time has come to question the centralized, unresponsive and unaccountable systems of decision-making in governance, administration and politics.  The answer is not that people say we need to run the system better. The answer is not in running these systems better.  The answer is to completely transforming these systems.

So far so good! But how (HOW)?

By promoting good-for-nothing populist measures like the one that your government brought in 2008 to score electoral mileage in the 2009 general elections or the attempted present incarnations of similar mediocrities?  

After four years, now the reports have started pointing out large scale scams in the farm debt waiver scheme launched by the United Progressive Alliance government in 2008. A Business Standard* report on January 28, 2013 said: “Senior CAG official confirmed the reports detailing how UPA could not deliver on the loan waiver scheme. CAG conducted an audit of over 90,000 farmers’ accounts between April 2011 to March 2012. Of the audited accounts, over 34% were not issued debt waiver certificates, over 8.6% were not eligible but still got the waiver and around 13% were disqualified by banks despite being eligible.”

Now, implementation of this scheme has been a high-talking point of your government Mr. Gandhi.

You have been talking emphatically about the direct cash transfer. The food bill is Sonia Gandhi’s brainchild.

The fear that the direct cash transfer of subsidy and the food security bill, some more election-oriented populist measures, would only deepen the purse-strings of the corrupt bureaucracy and the political class with the real beneficiaries used as pawns to siphon-off the money.

Don’t you know that majority of the Indians are illiterate when it comes to the ‘quality education’ like learning and realizing their rights? There is no dearth of such studies done independently. How can they ask for their due in a system that breeds corruption at its every level? How can they bypass the middlemen present at every level of implementation of such benefit schemes when over 65 per cent of them cannot earn even Rs. 3500 a month? Remember, we are in a country where bribing has become a norm to get anything and everything done.

Now projected as the PM-in-waiting, I should assume that you are aware of this aspect of India as you talk of transforming the systems.

How can you allow then diverting the scarce public funds in such mammoth projects when the track record has been so poor? Every such project is inundated with reports of misuse and corruption - take any, be it MNREGA, NRHM, highways development projects, universal education scheme, mid-day meal scheme, Antyoday or so many others.

Isn’t it hypocrisy to call the systems ‘closed’ and at the same time, feeding these ‘closed’ systems with lubrication of easy prospects of under-the-table money?

Don’t you see and hear of these scams? Your government is aware of the scams and has ‘dutifully’ tried to suppress them from coming into the public domain as long as it could.

Is this how you and your government intend to make the system better?

You talk of the ‘closed’ systems yet your government denies naming the criminals stashing black money in foreign tax havens.

You talk of questioning the centralized, unresponsive and unaccountable systems of decision-making in governance, administration and politics – yet you represent the biggest face of centralized decision-making system in the country – the Congress party.

Yes, all our public systems are in urgent need of change. But the precedents set by the Congress party and others in political fraternity tell us they want to maintain the status-quo. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -