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, 14 March 2013


As a common Indian who cares for the Indian pride, some natural, spontaneous thoughts emerge as the initial (and required) reactions:

The topmost functionaries of the government should have acknowledge the issue fully in the morning of March 12 (a day after Italy’s refusal to send back the marines to face trial in India) instead of giving silly sounding replies like the one where the prime minister said that he came to know about the issue through the newspapers or the one by the minister of external affairs where he said that he was yet to read the note verbale sent by the Italian Embassy.

A strong note of protest should have been issued by the Indian Parliament as the Parliament was in session highlighting the Italian betrayal that it was a direct attack on the Indian sovereignty and undermined the sanctity of the Indian judicial system.

As the Italian Ambassador in Indian office at the moment had signed the undertaking taking responsibility of the marines’ return to India by March 23, he should have been immediately made a party in the case against the Italian marines to face the Indian courts.

Given the pangs of the diplomatic immunity and the international legalities, and if India, still chose to play the civilized partner, the Italian Ambassador should have been asked to leave India immediately after the issue emerged.

At the same time, India should have called its Ambassador back from Italy suspending the diplomatic ties.

To back this action, the prime minister should have made it clear that if the marines did not return by the date given in court, i.e., March 23, India would break its bilateral ties with Italy.

And all this should have been done by March 12, 2013, a day after Italy reneged on its promise to send back the Italian marines, accused of killing two Indian fishermen. 

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