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.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014


That he was an aspiring politician, in spite of his clearly visibly political traits. Then, it sounded more of getting political to deal with the political establishment of the day.

That if he could be the political underdog, if at all, he took a political plunge.

That what sort of politician he would be then.

That what he meant when he talked big of cleansing the prevailing political establishment? We had no idea of the ‘what and how’ this cleansing.

That what he meant by ‘being anti-establishment’?

That how would he define his limits of ‘political untouchability’, like ‘accepting’ support from Congress to form his government in Delhi?

That what was going to be the line for him that would define his pro public stand and would separate it from the irrational ‘populist’ sentiments, often at display in the Indian politics, especially during the elections, as the case now?

That if he could be a team player if he was given the chance to stepping into the shoes of a political activist. A major reason behind the failure of the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare was absence of a team spirit and Kejriwal was a major factor responsible for it. Even during the peak of the movement, the differences between the Team Anna members were clearly visible.

That what he thought about other vital social issues than political corruption? We were not aware that he would take an electorally populist stand on social evils like the ‘Khap Panchayats’. We had no idea if the politician in Arvind Kejriwal would justify the existence of the ‘Khap Panchayats’ shielding behind the silly argument of Khap’s ‘cultural purpose’.

(..and unfortunately, the list, too, above is an open-list!)

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -