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.

Thursday 13 February 2014


The Indian Parliament is the new gold standard in the display of ruckus by the elected peoples’ representatives in the legislative bodies.

The Indian Parliament and the legislative assemblies of the different Indian states have had a proud history of dissent expressed in ways like throwing chairs, tearing papers, grabbing collars, breaking or grabbing microphones, putting bangles on desks, banging on the desks, storming the well of the House, waving bundles of currency notes and so on.

But what happened on February 13, 2014 in the Indian Parliament surpassed all. It was a unique day due to the unique events that took place in the House.

In addition to the routine tools of ruckus, innovative tools like pepper spray and knife (or a broken microphone, as being contested) were used. (To make the efforts more comprehensive, a computer screen, too, was smashed.)

There are no more points of doubt on the worthiness of pepper spray for its use as the ultimate handy tool of defense in case of facing stalkers and goons that we can come across anywhere and everywhere in this country, even in its Parliament, that forces the parliamentarians to carry tools like pepper sprays (and knives, as being reported and contested).

The use of pepper spray by the Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, while opposing the Telangana Bill’s tabling in the House, has been established beyond doubt. It was there for everyone to see, inside the Parliament and across the nation on the TV sets, with many parliamentarians rushing out of the House to save them from the aftermath of the pepper spray use.

There is an ongoing debate on the use of knife. Media reports said a ‘lawmaker’ from Andhra Pradesh, while opposing the Telangana Bill, brandished knife in the House. The ‘lawmaker’, Mr. Venugopal Reddy (Telugu Desam Party) denied he was a lawbreaker and said what he brandished was Speaker’s microphone and not knife.

Pepper spray can be the next gold standard in saving life as it saved the life of a parliamentarian and could successfully threaten others in the Parliament today.

In fact, pepper spray can be used as the gold standard for the internal security blanket of the Indian Parliament that costs a huge sum to the public exchequer, thus helping the nation in balancing the fiscal deficit.  

The easily available pepper sprays can be modified to be introduced professionally in the Parliament. And even the modified versions would be a pleasure for the account books when seen on a comparative cost-scale with the automatic ammunition being used.

After today’s episode, the Indian Parliaments has decided to study the prospect in detail and has formed a high-powered committee to come with its recommendations soon.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -