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, 28 March 2013


Where is the confusion?

First it was about Rahul Gandhi’s ‘I am for prime minister’s chair’, then it was for ‘Rahul Gandhi’s statement on becoming prime minister was misinterpreted’, and now it is about ‘Priyanka Gandhi might contest the next Lok Sabha elections from Rae Bareli’.

Whatever be the analyses, speculations and guessing games (including the wild ones), but these three developments (reported) summarise how and why of the politics of the Indian National Congress in the coming days.

Let’s see what is being said about the Congress party politics, its leadership and its next prime ministerial candidate in the recent past, especially after the 2009 general elections when Rahul Gandhi was given the major credit for the good show.

But 2009 to 2013 has been a rough patch and a shaky ride for the Congress party, for Manmohan Singh and for Rahul Gandhi.

Corruption, slowing economy, unpopular decisions and electoral debacles, the continued run of negative developments has dented the gains of the first government of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) giving rise to the body of the speculative analysis over the Congress party leadership and its next prime-ministerial candidate.

What the developments say?

Dear Manmohan is ruled out. He is beginning to prepare for a farewell for a retired life. There was a war cry in the Congress party to declare the next face. Its echoes were very clear because there was no one else in the race but Rahul Gandhi, in democratic India’s most undemocratic party, where the majority of the top leadership and almost all other party members don’t see any hope beyond the Gandhi family to remain in the political mainstream.

With poor governance resulting from utter failures on policy issues and a widespread corruption, everyone (many even in the Congress party) had started to write off any chances for the Congress party in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. It is beyond doubt that what Manmohan Singh had earned in his first tenure as the prime minister is totally eroded now and the loss is beyond redemption.

The Congress party members had just only one hope left in this situation of gloom – the charisma associated with the Gandhi family. After Sonia Gandhi was effectively out of race due to her health concerns, they had their hopes pinned on Priyanka and Rahul.

The efforts culminated in the coronation of Rahul Gandhi as the vice president of the Indian National Congress in January 2013 taking effective control of the grand old party of India.

After Rahul Gandhi took over, he spoke of revamping the party among other things. During the course of one such conversation he said he didn’t want to be the prime minister. He said (1), “Asking me whether you want to be Prime Minister is a wrong question.” He also said (2), “The Prime Minister's post is not my priority. I believe in long-term politics.”

It opened a line a line of discussion on who could be the next prime-ministerial candidate from the Congress party then. And it naturally followed the corollary – who’ll be Rahul Gandhi’s Manmohan Singh.

To continue.. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -

(1) Rahul Gandhi mum on Wharton, spikes prime ministership query, March 5, 2013
(2) PM's post is not my priority, the party is: Rahul Gandhi, March 5, 2013