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.

Monday, 20 January 2014


Interesting! Ironically interesting!

An elected chief minister is protesting against an elected government.

That is happening in the world’s largest democracy.

One is the old, rugged and seasoned player of the game.

The other is the new, rugged and increasingly unreasoned rookie on the block.

A people’s representative is pitted against another people’s representative.

They both claim to be fighting for the people.

And their entourage is ready, prepared for the all-out battle.

Would ‘dharna politics’ become a buzzword like ‘fast politics’?

Mr. Kejriwal has kept a 10-day window to make ‘dharna politics’ a widely splashed word, to tell people that he is ‘by the people’ and he is the real ‘for the people’.

Bravado? Desperado? (Though we need, and I would love to use, but Heroism is fast becoming a misplaced word here.)

There is in-built, imminent threat is this ‘fighting for people’ battle can easily turn out to be a ‘mind game to own the people’ battle, like it has been happening always.

We (the voters, the primary source of power in a democracy) could never realise when the servants (as they define them when seeking votes - the representatives elected by us) became the kings (the power-bearers) and we became the servants (subjected even to slavish atrocities).

The grand old party of Indian politics is confronting its brand new entrant.

One, the seasoned one, was co-opted by the System a long ago and now works as the Central Cardinal of the System to work it the way that could facilitate the System’s dominance in the power corridors.

Other, the increasingly unreasoned one, promising a ‘politics of change’, talking of changing or repairing the System, looks heading to the same path, much to the dismay of ‘we, the voters’.

‘Happening so’ or ‘its not happening so’ would tell us whether Arvind Kejriwal has scaled up or gone down after taking the Delhi’s reins on December 28?

Whose is a bravado act and whose is a desperado act, only time will tell.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -