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.

Thursday 27 June 2013


There were different justifications put forward by his party members to ‘justify’ the visit of the angry but silent man of Indian politics to Uttarakhand when the miserable chief minister of the disaster-hit Uttarakhand had said NO to further VVIP visits as these were hampering the rescue and relief operations. But how could a lesser degree of politician like Vijay Bahuguna have ordered someone like Rahul Gandhi, one of the mightiest of the lot, out.

So, we were talking about justifications. Digvijay Singh, the Congress spokersperson, said Rahul didn’t use the airway and went instead by the road and so he could not be alleged of hampering the rescue operations. We are not talking of Rahul’s intent here as intent of politicians is always questionable but Digvijay’s white lie was yet another instance telling the nation why the likes of Digvijay Singh are not and should not be taken seriously. TV channels were showing visuals of Digvijay Sing defending Rahul Gandhi (shielding behind the lame road-route logic) and Rahul Gandhi boarding a chopper in Uttarakhand on split screens.

Yet another defender of Rahul Gandhi (and there were plenty of them), Renuka Chowdhury said Rahul was concerned and he went there as a common citizen to help in relief efforts carrying with him truckloads of relief materials. The justification further said Rahul Gandhi was monitoring the relief and rescue operations in Uttarakhand. See! Rahul doesn’t believe in efficiency of his own party’s government in Uttarakhand!

It was a lame logic again but the brazen disregard to the values concerning humanity was exposed out in the open when some media reports said the relief trucks sent by the Congress party failed to reach the destination in absence of clear guidance.

See! This is the monitoring being done by Rahul Gandhi. Trucks are stuck in Rishikesh; are running out of fuel and the drivers are running out of money and might be forced to sell the relief material to meet their day to day needs. Reports say there is no one from the Congress party to guide them.

All belied and disproved – arrival of Rahul Gandhi and his entourage in Uttarakhand did hamper the rescue efforts. The manpower and the precious manpower hours that the Rahul Gandhi’s sortie of the state and the demands of his SPG security consumed hampered the rescue operations at a time when the weather was not good and when there were thousands still stranded.

During the visit, Rahul Gandhi said he delayed his visit to the state as it could have hampered the relief operations but his visit did hamper the efforts as reflected in the natural anger of this victim: 

(Clip taken from ABP News)

In face of all this, Rahul’s delayed visit and so the response sounds more like a political gesture to address debates on his absence and silence than a sincere humane response on a calamity of such a huge scale.

Also, why couldn’t Rahul issue a statement?

After all, the Congress party is projecting him as the next prime minister of India. And silence from the next prime-ministerial candidate from the ruling party of India gives rise to valid points of doubt.

WHY? Why Rahul Gandhi had to do it?
WHY? Why do we ask this question again and again? 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -