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 17 March 2014


The day when it was finally, formally declared: The political scene of the nation is going to have now the enhanced version of the multifaceted ‘communal Vs securlar’ debate around Modi after his candidature’s confirmation from Varanasi, the spiritual and religious capital of Hinduism.

But, irrespective of this debate and its sociopolitical hues, one thing is sure the city, among the most ancient in world, among some rare continuously inhabited cities, but a city neglected on development parameters, can expect to get some much needed infrastructural development push after being the seat of the most talked about prime ministerial candidate who, in all the likelihood, is expected to become the next prime minister of the country.

So, on that front, being a Banarasi, it’s a welcome Modi to Banaras/Kashi/Varanasi.

On possible effects of a Non-Banarasi on Banarasi culture: Cultures don't change in a go. It’s a process that evolves and takes time even if it is a forced one. And certainly, Narendra Modi is not going to force anything Gujarati on Banarasis. He cannot. Banaras, irrespective of its multiple names over the ages, has remained culturally Banarasi for millennia.

Why Modi’s candidature from Varanasi is a positive development for a development oriented Banarasi? It depends on the person who can bring the development. And being a prime ministerial seat can bridge the gape between Modi being an outsider and Modi representing Varanasi in the Lok Sabha.

In the last two decades, due to the government apathy, Varanasi has become an infrastructure nightmare on delivering the basic amenities to sustain the daily lives of its residents.

Varanasi has seen both BJP and Congress in the last two decades but none of them delivered. Apart from the personal apathy of its elected representatives, being a non-SP, BSP seat in SP-BSP ruled UP has added as well to its infrastructural woes.

So, the sentiments of being a seat of Banarasi MP should give the way to the possible benefits of being a seat of the prime minister of the country.

Let's hope so, Modi will bring qualitative changes to it.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -