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 15 October 2013


It is happening the way it was expected to happen. The battle to stir, influence and manipulate perceptions of voters is intensifying as the parliamentary elections approach near.

Assembly elections to the five states, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Mizoram, being seen as the ‘test-case’ before the parliamentary polls, are announced and the campaigning decibel is rising.

So, when the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) announced to observe a Sankal Diwas in Ayodhya on October 18 to press for legislation on the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, it was on the expected line of the events foreseen with Narendra Modi’s elevation as the Bhartiya Janta Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate.

Targeting the ‘majority’ Hindu votebank - and if that was to be done, it had to begin with the Ram Temple issue. VHP’s ‘84 Kosi Yatra’ in the last week of August was the first major experiment.

Though the Yatra was a failure in terms of its execution on the ground level, it did corner more than expected attention of the nation by the continued media coverage. The irresponsible rush of the Akhilesh Yadav led Uttar Pradesh government implementing a heavy security blanket to appease the minority votebank only helped the VHP’s efforts by making an otherwise insignificant event a much talked about national issue.  

And even if there was match-fixing between the BJP and the Samajwadi Party (SP) over it, as reported and being reported, it helped the BJP and harmed the SP.

The situation, now after the Muzaffarnagar riots, is even more delicate communally and so is more apt to harness the benefits of sentimental divide on religious lines.

Hindus are blaming the SP government. Muslims are blaming the SP government. And the BJP is playing the victim card as only the BJP MLAs have been arrested in the Muzaffarnagar riots case even if the accused involved were from SP and Congress as well.

So August was the VHP’s first attempt at reigniting the Ram Temple issue. September saw the deadly riots fueling hatred and religious divide. Okay, it cannot be said if the two are related. But, they somehow, come in the realm of factors manipulating the mass sentiments to play along the religious lines.

And now, in October, another stir to demand a legislative status to the Ram Temple in Ayodhya!

On expected line, the UP government has banned the VHP event. The controversy that was brewing for some days is reaching to the heightened level with media clamour getting hooked to it. Expect it to reach to the deafening level by October 18.

Now, as the UP government say that it would not allow like it didn’t allow the Yatra in August, we have reasons to believe that this Sankalp Diwas, too, is going to fail on ground.

But, that was never the case like it was the case in case of the ‘84 Kosi Yatra’. It was more about reaching to the perceptions of the majority Hindus calling them to unite in the name of God and Religion.

And perceptions can be reached easily by playing the victim card showing the ruling class as anti-majority and blindly pro-minority.

The SP is in an awkward position. Given the prevailing political circumstances, it is not sure if the SP will gain any political mileage by playing the tough protector of the Muslim interests but it has to act so.

And that would amplify the VHP’s call for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

And that would directly help the political cause of Narendra Modi and so of the BJP.

‘Sankalp Diwas’ after the ‘84 Kosi Yatra’ – yes, the script is unfolding. Let’s see how it plays out.  

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