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, 5 May 2013


As expected, it happened. After all, our politicians have lost one game, of not being able to maintain their duplicity in the public eye. They cannot lose the other.

Thankfully for us, some of them had felt embarrassed then. Now to be thankful to them, they do not want to embarrass them anymore for such silly overtures and baggage from the past.

Indian politicians of the time have become synonymous with everything negative in the terminology of the Indian socio-political scenario.  In fact, it can be said they have effectively redone the political science terminology where they see the universally accepted ‘negatives’ in positive ‘luminescence’.

And so, they cannot lose the other game in the series of the ‘game of the throne’, of telling the people that this time they are going to walk the talk what if they could not do it earlier by failing to maintain the spectacle where they looked like following a life of probity.

Okay, if that didn’t click, better to change the rules of the game. Why any spectacle, why any cover-up?

Why to bother about the relics of the past even if they happen to be the thoughts of the forefathers of the Indian Independence? 

If the earlier set was not feasible, why not go for the next one, in the Indian case, the antithesis of what was envisioned in the August of 1947.

Why to take so much of pain when the other, easy and shortcut way to the riches is available? All it needed was to change the parameters where the nation was to be ticked off from the priority list and the self-serving political goals were to be placed at the top.

After all, pain and labour was for the likes of Mahatma Gandhi who could not even think of arranging for the better future of even one member of his family. Selfless saints like the Mahatma are indeed a learning lesson for the politicians of the day. It reminds them where not to falter. It tells them to secure their political career and riches for seven generations of their clan first.

The process of comfortably forgetting the Mahatma had begun much earlier and in last two decades, the Indian politics has even shed the guise it was putting on to look following the ideals and thoughts of the forefathers of the Indian Independence.

Many in the country are well aware of the family trees of the many of the political families ruling India now and amassing riches but how many of us know about the family tree and history of the Mahatma’s family? Not many would vouch for it.

The present breed of politicians has successfully played it out after it decided that following the Mahatma was not feasible for it in an India that was giving an open access to establish its own kingdom and many associated fiefdoms (for the reasons we all know now).

And in order to maximize their efficiency, they threw out the little headache, the laborious efforts to look sincere and honest, and joined the theatre with no guises, playing out in pure documentary style, without any make-up – where they openly accept that they are here to breach the trust of their voters; that they are here to subvert every definition of ‘probity in public life’; that they are here to see the democratic India envisioned in 1947 and expressed in 1950 effectively killed.

And, for the moment, they are looking well settled in their game. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -