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.

Saturday 8 March 2014


Crimea would be. Crimea would not be.

What Crimea could become.

Whether the tiny Ukrainian region with predominantly Russian ethnicity (58% Russian, 24% Ukrainian) becomes a flashpoint for a regional war or a precursor to a full blown global war theatre or an event that would herald a new era of cold war that will have camps dividing the world again, it’s all in the rapidly developing story around Putin and Putinism, now beyond Russia.

A flashpoint needs factors to be placed at different cornerstone loci to become inflicting in its damaging effects. While the placement of the factors is a must, no one can predict about the time-frame of its eruption.

What Crimea would become has its answers in the immediate future with the Crimean Parliament’s decision to join the Russian Federation emboldening Putinim to sharpen its fangs. Putin (and therefore, Russia) is all set to annex Crimea and the response by the concerned big and small daddies of the world order has failed to act as an effective deterrent.

The meek response of the global community including its major powers and superpower to the crude and strong military overtures of Putin militarily cordoning off Crimea taking its effective control even before the symbolic overtures of the Crimean Parliament vote or the proposed referendum on joining Russia on March 16 tells us Crimea could very well become the next distressing signal of the global geopolitical stability.

Because Putin is a strongheaded dictator who exercises his ruthless and unquestioned control over one of the strongest military and nuclear forces in the world.

First Syria, and now Crimea – Putinim can be much more demanding if left unchecked.  

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -