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 29 August 2013


Who gained what from the failed ‘84 Kosi Yatra’ is a debatable issue. On surface, it seems it failed. But then given the lackadaisical attitude of Uttar Pradesh voters on Ram Temple as a political issue, it was never going to be big. It was certainly not a time for it. Yet it was tried. There would, then, certainly, be a purpose to serve.

And going by that, this experiment to rake-up religious sentiments on electoral lines in the name of the Ram Temple issue has been a successful effort, for the ‘unprecedented’ hurry of the Samajwadi Party government in UP to look and sound pro-Muslim pushed for an unprecedented security blanket across the state that made an otherwise dull (and avoidable) event a talking point across the whole nation for almost a week.

That was the mileage sought and it was extracted efficiently. It was tried as an effort to rebuild a perception, of reigniting the electoral importance of Ayodhya’s Ram Temple issue.

That is exactly the purpose of such exercises – gradually ramping up the support by gradually raking up an issue that has the ‘potential’ (electorally) but no longer serves the purpose.

That might be the thinking behind launching a Yatra like this ’84 Kosi Yatra’. It could well be one of the many steps that the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and its ideological partners and affiliates, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), would be working on in the days to come to maximize their chances in the upcoming assembly and parliamentary elections.

Such steps fit in the overall grand strategy of projecting Narendra Modi as the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) prime-ministerial nominee.

It is not to be doubted that, once given a ‘push’, the polarising power of Narendra Modi to polarise the Hindu votes on religious lines is charismatic.  

So, be prepared for more. Modi is on the job. He is going to address four rallies in UP in October.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -