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, 8 December 2013


If taking a stand still matters in Indian politics, then, ideally, Delhi ‘must’ see another assembly election in the next six months.

BJP has won 32 seats, AAP 28 and Congress 8. Now, BJP needs 3 seats to reach to the half-way mark in the 70-seat Delhi Assembly to form the government while AAP needs 7 seats to be able to do so.

Now, for ‘politics of value’ or for the sake of the stand taken by the three outfits, ‘poaching’ or ‘horse-trading’ should be (has to be) ruled out. And independents, being just two in number, cannot be an option to explore either.

As far as the option of BJP forming a minority government, that would again depend on the rotten form of politics to manage the floor for the Delhi Assembly members during the Trust Vote.

Alternatively, Delhi can go ahead with the BJP minority government if AAP doesn't bring it down as said by Prashant Bhushan. But in that case, the government in office would be vulnerable to AAP’s way of doing things that BJP leadership would not like.

Anyway, these are possibilities, just like another assembly election in Delhi in the next six months.

As the words go - AAP, BJP and Congress – the three are supposed to be mutually outcasts for each other, as being projected, as they are echoing.

Hope, they cling to their positions.

For ‘politics of values’, another assembly election in Delhi, in the coming months, probably with the Lok Sabha polls due next April-May, would be a welcome development.

With an electoral outcome giving a hung assembly where the three players of the triangular electoral fight are looking set to take extreme positions of sticking to their stand of not entering into any alliance as they have been saying, we are looking (and not staring) at this possibility in the real time now.

It is true there have been reports of leaders of Congress and BJP talking of ‘support exchange possibilities’, but there have been regular denials so.

So, on a day, in fact a good day for democracy in India, when the electorate of Delhi has given a landmark verdict voicing the suppressed demand of the need for fundamental changes in the way politics is being done in the country, the ‘position takers’ should be given the benefit of doubt and we should heartily accept this ‘hung verdict dependent development’ even if it comes at the cost of holding another assembly election in Delhi in the coming six months, as the Constitutional requirement puts it.

Given the sorry state of affairs of Indian politics currently being practiced, it would be a very small price to pay, something that the electorate of Delhi can happily afford for the electorate of India.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -