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.

Friday, 21 June 2013


There are exceptions to it but they are now an endangered, threatened, compromised and sacrificed lot. And here, we are not talking about exceptions.

The observation made in the title of this write-up may or may not sound like a generalized statement as politicians still get elected in India’s democratic system (with a pseudo-democratic functionality), but, it, indeed, is a generic statement in the prevailing circumstances.

Say anyone that the fellow is a politician and there are 100 per cent chances that you will get a negative comment about the person. Politics and politicians in India have become synonymous with many vices of a free, socialist and civilized society. Some stand out justifying this negative stereotyping of Indian politicians.

Foremost among them is corruption. There is no need to give supporting facts when it is said that almost of the politicians of the day are corrupt. When we can witness the fall of someone like Manmohan Singh from grace, known for his honesty and integrity, in just few years, washing away decades of perseverance to build a reputation that he was known for in 2004, or even in 2009, we have valid reasons to make such statements.

Isn’t it universally known in India that whosoever gets elected through any electoral process, even at the Panchayat level (the lowest level of democratically elected body in India), sees astonishing growth in his financial fortunes in a period of few years only?

It is about shameless nepotism and illicit camaraderie that the likes of Digvijay Singhs so emphatically promote.

From the political top to the elementary bottom, from the Nehru-Gandhi family to the Panchayat heads, everyone is deeply into promoting the family cause turning politics into a family business.

It is hard to find examples anywhere else (in countries that claim to be the progressive democracies) where an elected chief minister installs his illiterate wife as chief minister of a state with around 10 crore population after he is jailed under corruption charges.

Where else can we find examples where a senior leader of the ruling political party says vehemently that politicians should follow a ‘code of conduct’ sort of practice and should not target the relatives of each-other after a close relative of one of the country’s most powerful political families is alleged for financial wrongdoings.

It is about the increasing criminalization of Indian politics. From the Parliament to the Panchayats, there are plenty of candidates with serious criminal cases against them pending in courts. Criminals now know very well that politics is the bed they need to share in order to derail investigations against them as well as to legitimize what they had been doing before taking the political incarnation.

Not going too deep into history, let me quote directly some facts from a BBC article (The Indian politicians facing criminal charges – Andrew North, BBC, February 15, 2013) sourcing details from the assessment made by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a research-based agency working to promote transparency in politics, that would be enough to tell what the criminalization history of Indian politics has been and where it is headed:

·         “1,448 of India's 4,835 MPs and state legislators have declared criminal cases
·         641 of these 1,448 are facing serious charges like murder, rape, kidnapping
·         44 of 206 Congress party MPs have declared criminal charges
·         6 legislators in state assemblies are facing rape charges
·         29 of 58 ministers in Uttar Pradesh state have criminal records”

The cocktail of these unethical practices make for yet another trait of Indian politics highly caustic for its positive image – insensitivity towards the problems of the voters who elect them. Politicians behave as if they are a super-class, above and in a separate league from the people who elect them in every election. Insensitivity of Indian politicians is again a universal fact in India. A simple google search with ‘insensitive Indian politicians’ as the search phrase would fetch loads of pages.

Its latest burning example is the government’s careless and lackadaisical attitude in relief and rescue operations in the aftermath of the disastrous Uttarakhand flash floods killing thousands according to the eyewitness accounts of the survivors. Victims are protesting against the inadequate and biased approach of the government alleging erratic delivery of relief efforts.

People have died. People are dying and politicians are making empty statements. They are going on senseless aerial surveys in choppers from thousands of feet above. They cannot see what is up on the ground from such a height but in doing so, they do hamper the relief efforts by their security protocols.

Insensitive to the core!

That is why they are so negatively stereotyped (may read ‘hated’) in India.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -