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.

Sunday 25 August 2013


Battle for perceptions dear! Perceptions!

It was naturally a political Yatra, no two opinions about that and the mileage that was sought is already in, even if it could not take off today.

If Narendra Modi is the prime-ministerial face of the largest opposition party, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), one must be prepared to come across such developments.

Modi is the most ‘skilled’ politician in India who can most ‘efficiently’ exploit the elements of communal politics for political gains.

And he is right on the job. This ‘84 Kosi Yatra’ that was to begin today was just an element in the grand scheme of things Modi would be working on.

The debate whether Narendra Modi or the BJP are behind this Yatra (that has religious and spiritual significance for Hindus) or not is irrelevant. The promoters, the mobilizers, all come from an extended family and share the same ideology.

Whatever has been the outcome today, everyone is talking about it, from media to political pundits to politicians. And given the developments today, there are clear indications that efforts are afoot to deepen the row.

So expect more of the chatter. And a growing chatter midst a deepening religious row would naturally add the group, the majority Hindus, to the chain of communication, the ultimate aim of such Yatras and events and this Yatra may just be the beginning of many more such measures.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a Hindu outfit that is aligned with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has announced this Yatra. The Yatra is to begin from Ayodhya and is slated to pass through six districts of Uttar Pradesh. VHP leaders, though detained today, categorically said the outfit was going to go ahead with the Yatra.

Whatever be the developments ahead, a deepening row would certainly scale-up the stature of Narendra Modi and the BJP. Handling it is not going to be as simple as Akhilesh Yadav would be thinking.

In fact, his condition is more precarious. The best scenario for him would be to allow the Yatra to happen. In that case, nothing much on communal line would move. Raking up the Ram Temple issue before every election doesn’t produce return anymore. But the blind rush to appease the minority Muslim votes blocked possibility of this option.

Now, if the row over the Yatra deepens and some untoward incidents happen in next few days, it may push the people to think again for the Ram Temple and so, on the religious lines. And if that starts happening once again in India’s most populous state, the work of Narendra Modi would become much easier.

And, even if anything like that doesn’t happen, in this case, the state response already taken is enough to tell more such Yatras (or similar events) in future may produce the desired result because ‘when the situation flares up is impulsive in such cases’ that no one can predict.

Even if the chatter grows only, it will help strengthen the persona of Narendra Modi as the sole Hindu leader who cares for the majority sentiments. In India, perceptions still play the major role in deciding the electoral outcomes.

Communal politics of minority appeasement has been the dominant practice in Indian politics.

Narendra Modi is taking a different line by pushing for the communal politics of majority appeasement, something that he has successfully tried in Gujarat.

What is going to be and what is going not to be can only be tested on the timescale and the immediate point of reference for it on the timescale is going to be the next parliamentary elections.

For now and the time till the next parliamentary elections, it is going to be the time for the intensifying battles of perceptions!

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -