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, 13 March 2013


The details that filtered out said there was a note verbale sent by the Italian Embassy to the Ministry of the External Affairs on late evening of March 11. Some reports put the time around 9:30 PM. Now that is not so late a time in the evening that no one would be there to inform the top brass of the government about it given the sensitivity of the issue as it is directly related to the question of the Indian pride and country’s status in the global geopolitical set-up.

But the way the Indian government and the political class reacted tells they are not at all concerned about the question of the Indian pride.

First in the series of bloopers is from our comfortably-numb-economist prime minister, Manmohan Singh. According to a PTI report (1) quoting a CPI(M) MP, the prime minister said he came to know about the issue from the newspapers.

The report said: CPI(M) MP M B Rajesh said, "We met the Prime Minister and took up the issue of Italian marines. The Prime Minister told us that he came to know about this from newspapers. He assured us that he will ask the External Affairs Minister to look into this issue to intervene in this issue." 

See the travesty. Manmohan’s junior colleague and one of the senior UPA ministers didn’t inform the PM and he came to know it through the newspaper reports. Questionable! Objectionable!

But when we see the response of Mr. Salman Khurshid, the UK educated elite politician and a senior minister in the government handling the foreign affairs, the charade becomes even more farcical. Mr. Khurshid’s response was a usual verbal manipulation lacking in substance. According to an India Today (2) report, he said: “It is a matter of our countries collectivism. We will read the papers first. Let's see what they have to say and what the reasoning is. Only after that I can say anything”.

The report further said: “Khurshid said that he was yet to read the note sent by the Italian government. He said he would "definitely give a response" after reading it.”

Now this response, like Manmohan’s, came many hours after the Italian note verbale landed in the Ministry of External Affairs, but Mr. Khurshid was yet to read it. Also, Mr. Khurshid, what reasoning can justify a backstabbing? Yes, Italy’s stand is a sinister breach of trust and yet you need time to read and respond to a short note verbale. Questionable! Objectionable!

See, what yet another UPA minister, from the coalition partner NCP, Tariq Anwar, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing, had to say about the issue. According to a DNA report (3): “The Indian External Affairs Ministry is examining the issue. I think the MEA has taken view of this decision and they have chosen to review the situation and talk to their Italian counterparts, after talks some solution will come out”.

What sort of solution can come out? Could India bring Ottavio Quattrocchi and many others on the Indian soil for, once they, somehow managed to flee or leave the country, for their roles in scams? No!

There wasn’t a single assuring word promising a concrete action to be taken on the Italian betrayal!

Instead, it was just playing with words like the Indian politicians have been doing delaying the issues for long, so long, that they become obsolete in public’s memory!  

But why only the government, the political opposition, too, was not pro to react in a way that would put the symbolism of ‘nation first’. See what the BJP’s Shahnawaj Hussain had to say (4): “It is a completely a diplomatic failure. Government should take this issue very seriously. If the Italian marines were sent then did the Indian government take guarantee of their return? The Congress has to give an answer. Is there a conspiracy between the Italian marines and the UPA government? BJP wants an answer.”

This statement doesn’t reflect the concern of putting the ‘nation first’. It is more about the Indian brand of the politics being practiced across the parties – a politics that is more concerned with strengthening the political class than the democracy – a politics that has become the breeding ground of corruption and anti-democratic measures – a politics that has become politically incorrect.

See what the Wikipedia quotes about politics (5): Politics is the art or science of influencing people on a civic, or individual level, when there are more than 2 people involved. Modern political discourse focuses on democracy and the relationship between people and politics. It is thought of as the way we "choose government officials and make decisions about public policy"

Is the predominant political practice in India politically correct? No!

How can the country expect a tough and befitting reply from such a spineless political class that thinks of political interests first and prioritize them over the national interests?

While Italy, a nation that has no real standing before India in the global geopolitical and economic affairs, acts like it is the senior and the dominant one saying India violated the law, India’s first reactions were more like that of a junior fellow, as if the country had no global standing!

See, this is what the Indian politicians have done with the global perception of India

It is no more about being a soft nation! It is now about being a spineless nation. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -

(1) Italy's decision not to send back marines 'unacceptable': Prime Minister

(2) Will respond only after reading letter sent by Italy on marines: Khurshid

(3) India to respond after going through Italy's response on marines: Salman Khurshid

(4) Italian government's decision on marines is unacceptable, says irked Manmohan Singh