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, 21 April 2013


Any democracy needs to perform the tasks that will make it a just and fair society. But an overpopulated country, burdened with poverty, illiteracy and medieval social thinking prevalent in larger swathes, that India is, finds it in a deadlock in the political and bureaucratic class lording over it; overloading over it.

Again, a Sushil Kumar Shinde development, who had compared the young protesters of Delhi with Maoists and had justified the brutal police crackdown during the human surge of December 2013 protesting the gangrape of the 23-year old brave-heart, puts it in legible and understandable terms.

After this recent Delhi rape where a 5-year old girl was abducted, raped and was left to die by her neighbour and where Shinde’s Delhi Police tried to cover-up the case as it had tried to do in the December 2013 gangrape case, reports say that Neeraj Kumar, the Delhi Police Commissioner, might face the heat finally.

On questions of the Delhi Police Commissioner’s removal, Shinde replied, “I have ordered an inquiry into the two recent incidents- what happened to Mamata Banerjee at the Planning Commission and the case of some people entering my house. Action will be taken against those found responsible for it.”

How pathetic is that statement in the context of the larger issue – police failure in providing security, police cover-ups in rape cases like this!

Sad it is!

Shinde did not name Neeraj Kumar here. But that is not the question. The big and doomed irony is in Shinde’s statement.

Why couldn’t he say that the government was serious in the overhauling the police machinery after increasing reports of police apathy in handling rape cases and other women related crimes?

Why couldn’t he say that the government was serious for an overhaul after reports of cover-up attempts by the Delhi Police emerged?

Why couldn’t he say that the government was serious for an overhaul as he, like us, the Manmohan’s aam aadmi, was equally shocked by the police mindset reflected in a senior Delhi Police official slapping an innocent protesting girl?

Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and their loyal junior colleague Sushil Kumar Shinde could not find ‘worthy’ reasons to sack Neeraj Kumar when the huge protests swept the country in December last year.

They could not see the reason when the Delhi Police brutally charged and manhandled many protesters using force.

They could not see the light when the Delhi Police was left naked in the courtroom after it tried to frame some innocent youngsters for murder of one of its officials but faced the court ire on silly premises of the case.

They have chosen to fail to understand that why, even after the surge of human emotions, a national debate, and the subsequent demand to toughen the legal system, the rape cases have increased significantly with the national capital of India registering 393 cases in just three months.

But haven’t we left expecting sensitivity from the politicians?

So, Mr. Shinde, entrusted to secure us without discriminating on any factor (as the father of the Indian Constitution had envisioned), finds that Mamata Banarjee being heckled or his house being breached by some three-four protesters are reasons enough for big shake-up in the Delhi Police.

What the Congress party’s common man, a dying soul, a mutilated existence, an erupted nation and a watchful world could not do was done by a small incident of political rivalry between two politically belligerent groups and by a ‘harmless’ security breach at Shinde’s house.

See! We elect them!

When would we start thinking on ‘WHAT FOR’? 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -