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.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013


It is interesting and the developments say it is going to be more interesting further as the rush to catch the share of voters in some assembly elections that, by the normal schedule, are to be held later this year, and in the next parliamentary elections, scheduled to be held around May next year, gets more and more into the war zone.  

It is not that the alliance formations and alliance disruptions or colourful war of words were not in previous elections.

This time too, alliances are well on the way to follow the same trajectory with the elusive ‘third-front’ again becoming a hotly debated and ‘aspired for’ destination of alliance hoppers and of opportunist political parties. That is much on the expected line.

This time too, the different shades of the colourful war of words have started taking darker hues, a clear indication that the nation is getting into the ‘ready’ mode for the high-intensity verbal duels and some unpleasant, loud campaigning.

All on the expected line!

So, what is going to make it different and so more interesting this time?

It is, now, clearly going to be Narendra Modi Vs Rahul Gandhi. Both leaders are taking head-on in national elections for the first time.

One is a self-made leader and the other could be said to be a ‘made’ leader but that doesn’t matter at the moment because the battle-front lines are already drawn.

And it may well be the last time for one or both of them.

No arguments to it that Narendra Modi is the most popular politician of the moment in the country and weighs far more significantly than Rahul Gandhi.


To say with certainty that both are the national leaders of the stature to pull the votes across the country and so to claim the prime-minister’s office would be a far-fetched thing.

Both are yet to perform on a larger canvas.

Though, here too, Narendra Modi scores over Rahul Gandhi by his impressive performance in Gujarat that is more substance than hype with Rahul Gandhi yet to deliver a significant electoral victory on his own, only the outcomes of the upcoming assembly elections and the next parliamentary election would tell if he has what it takes to become a national leader and claimant to the country’s topmost political job.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -