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.

Tuesday 18 June 2013


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And to the benefit of Narendra Modi – is the self-styled political class reading the writing on the wall?

Here, it is a combination of factors that may sound uneasy (and indeed are), and may not be good for the democratic fabric of the country, but it works well on Narendra Modi’s pro-Hindutva hardliner image.

Every political party is in (and had been in) business of befooling the people of this country and so is the BJP.

But, who is secular and who is communal is not a question for the majority of the Hindus who vote. Regional and caste priorities are the major decisive factors. Development, too speaks at some places, in some circumstances.

Secular credentials are (and have been) issues of concern for the Muslim population as well as for the self-styled secular political parties including the Congress but not for the Hindu majority at all, Hindus that form over 80 per cent of the Indian population.

But the self-styled secular parties have continued to ignore it and they didn’t face any problem in ignoring this factor until now.

The majority Hindu vote was divided across many issues (relevant and divisive) and the rush was to catch the Muslim vote that has had a history or more or less uniform voting and so easier to woo.

In the rush to catch this minority vote (but in millions with Muslims forming over 13 per cent of the Indian population), the appeasement policy adopted by the ‘secularists’ of this country has seldom talked about the interests of the majority Hindus.  

Instead, the ‘secular’ political class has chosen to resort to adopt socially deteriorative practices to pull votes (and not earn) by promoting a divisive line of politics that has divided the Hindus on caste and community lines, a fissure growing deeper.

But, still, religion is a factor that blurs this line and works well when it comes to the decisions like voting for a candidate; decisions that are becoming increasingly impulsive with the prevalence of advertising and over-the-top communication based loud campaigning in the elections.

Narendra Modi realizes it.

And, though, an increasing religious divide (between Hindus and Muslims) would not do any good to the country in the long run, it is going to benefit Modi and so the BJP in their political quest to win the top political office of the country.

Though, a leader with national ambitions would certainly try to rise above the religion and caste lines to become universally acceptable and Narendra Modi has been trying for it in the recent past, he realizes that he needs the ‘communal pro-Hindutva tag of the Gujarat riots’ to polarize the Hindu votes across the caste-divide in the Hindu community in the immediate run to secure his place in Delhi.

And with a clear thinking and effective and high-voltage oratory, he may well turn the heat on the self-styled secularists targeting him for being ‘communal, of being anti-Muslim’.

Sonia Gandhi has burnt her fingers by terming Narendra Modi ‘merchant of death’ in Gujarat elections. What happened in Gujarat may well happen across the country.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -