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 25 March 2014



Narendra Modi as the prime minister of the country and the BJP forming the next government are, at best, the choices forced by the political circumstances in the country.

Yes, they are not the ideal alternatives an informed Indian voter would like to look up to when he has a really different and worthy option to exercise his electoral rights. But that is not the case. Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party did raise some hopes but they look more as aberrations now.

BJP, Congress, SP, BSP, DMK, AIADMK, BJD, NCP, TDP, JDU and every other national and regional party is riddled with the common pseudo-democratic practices parasitic on the Indian democracy. Every political party has willingly contributed to the increasing political criminalization and a chronic political corruption.

But being a country run by a Constitution led governing apparatus involving elections to elect the governments at regular intervals, the voters do not have any other option but to vote to elect someone to run the country.

And this need to ‘elect someone’ pushes for the best possible alternative available from among the pool of the political parties in the fray that may not be even up to the mark when checked on the universal standards of political probity.

Also, this decision to ‘elect the best possible alternative’ is always not take rationally. The illogical but important factors of caste and community are always on play.

As of now, we cannot bank on the pre-poll surveys for some finality on the outcome of the General Elections 2014, but there are strong anti-Congress sentiments across the country, across every electoral formation.

Almost every one accepts that, including the senior Congress party leaders who are leaving the party like a sinking ship is deserted or leaders like P. Chidambaram or Manish Tewari who are not willing to contest this time due to the fear of certain defeat.  

And the BJP (and the NDA) being the only political opposition with an almost pan-India presence has gained enough traction to be projected as making the next government aided by a strong personality statement of Narendra Modi on administration, governance and polarisation factors.

People want change from UPA and Congress and that is why they are voicing their opinion in favour of Narendra Modi, BJP and NDA but that doesn’t make them the ideal alternative.

Rather, the political circumstances with anti-incumbency against the Congress leading the pack of the factors make the NDA the circumstantial choice of the voters.

If Congress is staring at a historical doom, it is because people are frustrated with its politics that it has practiced in the last 10 years and they do not want to see it in power again; they do not want to allow the Congressmen to decide on people’s lives this time.

And the way the BJP is accepting defectors from the Congress party and members from other political parties of the UPA alliance, is enough to tell us the voters’ compulsion to vote the BJP in.

A compulsion that always has this in-built dilemma to know if the decision taken was right or was a grave mistake! 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -