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, 31 March 2013


Continued from:

The Congress party: We don’t need support.
The Samajwadi Party: We won’t withdraw support.
The Samajwadi Party: Mulayam calls Congress cheat.
The Congress party: The party doesn’t support Beni’s statements.

Even if it can sail without it, the Congress party needs Mulayam’s SP to manage comfortable numbers in the Parliament. The Congress party forcing Beni to apologise to Mulayam over the ‘terror links remarks’ validates this. Then there are other validating indicators.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram was in Lucknow on March 29. He shared stage with Akhilesh Yadav during an event to launch 300 bank branches in the state. Reportedly, he lauded Akhilesh Yadav and promised financial help to the state.

A regime at the centre of an outright criticism for failing to deliver during one year of Akhilesh’s tenure got a distinction on performance from the Harvard educated Chidambaram. He went on to say (3): “Akhilesh is a young Chief Minister. He has started his career well. He and his team willl do the best to bring Uttar Pradesh up in every single way. I assure the Chief Minister that the Government of India is committed to stand by Uttar Pradesh in its development”.

Clearly, Chidambaram’s act was just a placating one highlighting the fact the Congress party needs Mulayam’s support to avoid the heightened pressure points because other supporters once the SP withdraws (existing ones like the BSP or the prospective ones like the JD(U) or the AITC) would be excruciatingly demanding.

It is further validated by the fact that the Chidambaram act came a day after Manmohan Singh remarked that the SP withdrawing the support had real chances to happen.

But, it is the other way round too, it seems. The SP too, needs the Indian National Congress boat to sail through in UP.

With a rapidly rising anti-incumbency, the state government needs funds to offer and maintain the dole-outs it has promised to the electorate. And see, Mr. Chidambaram’s assurance is already in. It adds up to assurance on Beni’s removal from the Union Cabinet. The party has already made a safe distance disowning Beni’s remarks midst the reports of Beni’s removal.

So who says, Mulayam is going to withdraw the support soon. The public war of words is just a mask. Yes, the Beni Prasad Verma issue is a personal one but that is being dealt with, it looks. Apart from it, the whole war of words game is a friendly one.

The SP would not like to deliver the message that it is with the Congress party on issues like petroleum price hikes and rising overall inflation or on policy issues like quota in promotion or the women’s reservation that directly affect its brand of politics and hence chances in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Also, the Congress party is an opposition party of the SP in UP with Rahul Gandhi trying to resurrect the lost political base in the state and that can never happen in alliance with the SP, at least in public eyes.

Therefore, the solution is to mask the meanings and play for the verbal duels. So, Mulayam Singh Yadav calls the Congress party cheat but says his party won’t withdraw the support from the UPA as it would allow the communal forces to pitch in. A worn out but ‘play safe’ statement and enactment, isn’t it?

So, where does this all boil to?

Keep on watching this friendly duel for more friendly jibes. Someday, the comical theatre of the pathetic may well turn into the hilarious rhapsody.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -

(3) Chidambaram praises Akhilesh, assures financial help to Uttar Pradesh, March 29, 2013