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, 5 January 2014


I don’t feel good while writing this because we all need to be part of the movement to bring the fundamental changes in Indian politics. But it will be worse if we ignore the visible signs where things may easily derail, the signs that are getting visible and may threaten the course of the political experiment that is taking shape in India

It was not so long ago that Arvind Kejriwal was in a fighting mode sans office. Now, that he is in the office, and still trying to look in the ‘fighting mode’, there have to be natural questions on his words, on his acts and on his intent.

And pathetic, avoidable things are happening.

Silly things as we voted Mr. Kejriwal in with very high expectations.

He is backtracking on his words. He is getting engaged in unacceptable practices (yes, if we talk of the politics of change) in order to maintain the symbolism of being the mascot of the common man, the ‘aam aadmi’.

As if his flip-flops on saying yes and no to official (palatial) government accommodation and SUVs for his ministers, and his poorly devised class-based and votebank-aimed sops on power and water tariff and measures on cracking down on VIP culture were not enough, today, he fired another inept sounding salvo today.

It was not so long ago that Mr. Kejriwal, sans office, would invite media for a presser, where he would put allegations of corruption and misappropriation on this or that political personality. Okay, he would not give evidence (read concrete). On demands to present the evidence if he had, he would simply say that it was not his job. He had informed the authorities with convincing set of arguments (supported by ‘his’ set of evidence), and now it was the job of the government in office to investigate the matter further.

It was not so long ago that Mr. Kejriwal used to say so.

Now see this!

Today, we saw Mr. Kejriwal, the youngest chief minister of Delhi, doing a volte-face on his tried and tested practice.

Let’s quote him from a media report (Hindustan Times)*: “Kejriwal, whose AAP is ruling Delhi with the outside support of eight Congress MLAs, said, "BJP leader Harsh Vardhan has asked me to take action against Sheila Dikshit. I asked him to provide evidence and I would take action.”

Whatever big words that he said after it, continuing his reply didn’t matter because it was enough to tell us what he meant.

Now, as per your theory, propounded and practiced by you, we did not expect this to hear from you. That is pure double standard Mr. Kejriwal, nowhere in the league of the high expectations with which you have been voted to form the government in Delhi.

Take your time but sound sincere and try to remain one with what you had been saying before December 8 when the Delhi assembly election results were declared.

We could have taken it if a Congress or a BJP politician would have done so. But, certainly, you and AAP or any other person who claims to join the politics to cleanse it has no such privilege.

Much is at stake. If this political experiment, that AAP has become the initial political member of, fails, Indian electorate will find it hard to go for another.

Much is at stake and the scrutiny has to be intense.

So, Mr. Kejriwal, don’t backtrack on your words and on your intent. Show us you meant business by doing business and not just by words.

Also, beware of what you speak. They are going to be seen as the direct reflection of your intent now.

Whatever intent you have, your words today defied that and qualified for yet another volte-face.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -