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, 2 July 2013


Tahrir Square is in news again witnessing yet another round of the Arab Spring and telling us once more why the Arab Spring was not a fluke.  

The eruption of Tahrir Square a year after the successful Egyptian revolution installing a democratically elected government and thus ending the decades old autocratic rule of Hosni Mubarak is a significant development for the Arab Spring and for the world history-in-making.

It is about the orientation of the democratic aspirations and the resolve to demand the complete freedom.

The eruption of Tahrir Square, again, tells us the resolve to breathe free is well on its course.

The wave of fights to see the democratic springs in the Arab countries of Asia and Africa is old and has been dismissed frequently but the recent series of a channeled expression of anger in countries across the Arabian world that began in December 2010, is potentially different as it is inwardly oriented and self-propelled.

It is lethal for the dictators for the movement doesn’t seek leaders. It is built on its own, across the Arab nations, capitalizing on the spiral of silence of the decades. It is built on an urge for change, an urge to breathe free. It is built over the years of the humiliating rule of despots, people who once mirrored their nations with promises of positive change only to become the next in the long list of the Arab world autocrats.

The movements in different countries of the Arab Spring have either no tall leaders or are driven by a number of humble human-like leaders from among us. No superheroes! No larger than life icons! Bravo!

It was not so in the first wave of the Arab revolution that was aimed at ousting the colonial powers. The masses then were unaware of the unseen follies of the in-built imperialism that was the next thing in the Arab nations installing leaders who were mostly the autocrats-in-building.

The intensity with which the movement is building in Tahrir Square, in Cairo and in Egypt again, reminds of the massive protests of last year that ousted Hosni Mubarak and that is heartening.

The Arab Spring saw government changes in four countries, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen and induced large and small uprising in many other nations including Syria, Bahrain, Saudi Arab, Algeria and Jordan.

Like the ongoing uprisings in many countries of the Arab world, sustenance of which is important for the world, equally important is the trajectory that the revolution is to take place in these four countries witnessing the regime change.

Like the ongoing uprisings in other nations, the regime change in these four countries was just a step up in the revolution that we collectively name as the Arab Spring. Revolution to change the existing systems takes time and the internal chaos in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen is just an element of the process on the path to evolve democratically.

And Egypt being the most significant country of the four due to its geopolitical and economic weight in the Arab world and in the global arena, whatever that is happening here is bound to affect the sentiments in other Arab nations under the watchful eyes of the Spring, and thankfully, the happenings tell a positive story, one year after the successful Arab Spring of Egypt, and on the eve of another massive protest to add more positive colours to that Spring that began blooming in February 2011.

It tells the public is now aware of what they were fighting for and what they needed. One year of Mohammed Morsi’s rule has worried them that the very objective of their fight is being compromised with the Muslim Brotherhood government gradually pushing the country to the orthodox rule of conservative Islam, something the Brotherhood is known for.

The Millions of youth that successfully led the Arab Spring in Egypt had not fought for it. Now, they want Morsi out and have served him the ultimatum and they are not going to budge until Morsi bows out, like Mubarak had to. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -