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, 3 February 2014


Pre-election sops: The mad rush has already begun with the poll bonanza entering its final leg - It would be interesting to watch the scramble, to lure the ‘Aam Aadmi’ in the narrow spectrum of time available before the Lok Sabha polls are announced – to woo the voters

Rahul Gandhi, in an unscheduled appearance (but not unexpected in the tidal times of elections), joined the protesters this evening at Jantar Mantar, in solidarity with their demand for justice for Nido Taniam, a 20-year old student from Arunachal Pradesh, who was beaten fatally by some shopkeepers in the Lajpat Nagar market of Delhi after he reacted to the racist comments by them, and who, later on, succumbed to his injuries.

Despite waves of protests after every such incident, such ghastly crimes continue.  This is not a law and order problem only. It is in the mindset. The roots go down deeper in the psyche, a psyche marred by sick mentalities. Yes, it is a mindset problem, a mindset that afflicts the law and order enforcers, too.

It was good that Rahul Gandhi thought to be there, at Jantar Mantar, in solidarity with the cause to demand justice for Nido.

But can he justify the inaction of police that are directly under the Home Minister of his party’s government?

Why did he took almost a week (Nido’s incident happened on January 29 and has been in news regularly) to call the Home Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde, to ensure justice for Nido?

And why even Mr. Shinde needs to be called for something that is a natural, birthright of every citizen of India?

Shouldn’t the police take suo motu steps to nail the culprits when the very first information arrives? Why did the police try to hush-up the matter when the altercation happened that ultimately took an innocent life?

Who and what pushed the police to act in a kangaroo court fashion settling the matter that evening after the altercation?

The delayed act by Rahul Gandhi gives us reasons to think that the move was inclined more on the electoral premises to sound pro common man than on concern of ensuring justice for a common man.

We would like to think the contrary but Rahul (and most of the politicians) is yet to give us the reason to think so.


©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -