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, 21 February 2013


It is really broken like it happens during every terror strike anywhere. After a year of no major blasts, terror has struck again killing over 20 in India. This time, the serial blasts have targeted Hyderabad.

Words can never describe such unexpected horror. They always fall short in explaining the massive scale of loss made in every such incident.

They leave us numb, sending a frozen panic down the spines, throwing us, the common men - the class of the victims, into a state of silent shock.

Yes, a silent shock, because the cries after every such attack have failed to stir the sentiments of political class elected by us to give us a better and secured life.

But like always, we are hearing and will hear the silly statements and tall claims made by the politicians and the hyperactive delivery by the media outfits.

The blast happened in the evening around 7 PM. It will take some time for the clarity to settle in. Till then, it’s the time for verbal overdose. Subsequently, the tide will lower down giving way to the stinking politics.

How incredulous it has become to believe Manmohan Singh when he says that those behind the Hyderabad blast will not go unpunished. To company him is yet another vague-minded minister tasked to handle the internal security of the country.

But why just these two, the track record of politicians, in combating and mitigating the terror strikes, has been abysmal in India, irrespective of their political affiliation.

Since 1994, over 60,000 people have lost their lives in different types of terror attacks. And everytime, we are given some ‘high-on-words’ assurances that, by now, have become ‘so-low-on-substance’ that they even fail to register, let alone generating some sort of trust.

The victim is always the common man. Like everytime, many nonentities carrying out their day-to-day lives have died in a busy Hyderabad market place.

What the government would do?

It will engage in verbal jugglery. It would try to sound as serious and sincere as it can be. It will send missives and issue appeals. Some of its members would engage to supply the food for thoughtless thoughts on the media carriers. Some others would sit tight to catch and reflect the verbal volleys by the political opposition. Then, there would the bunch of so-called ‘this breed of or that breed of experts. The drama happens every time.

But, in all this, no one bothers to listen to the common man, Manmohan Singh’s ‘Aam Aadmi’, who is the only victim of the terror strikes. He bears the brunt of the coward terrorists and an insensitive ruling class.

Sushil Kumar Shinde, the home minister, said the government had prior intelligence information and the state government was informed two days ago. Still, nothing moves, these twin blasts tell.

What is the value of life of the common man in world’s third largest economy, a nuclear power and an emerging superpower?

What should we assume - is there a lack of political will to fight terror without any element of community appeasement? 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -