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 14 April 2014



Arvind Kejriwal has left for Varanasi and is reaching there the next morning to pick the thread of campaigning that he had initiated last month. Almost three weeks have passed since then.

During these three weeks, Kejriwal, on one fine day, got the half-baked enlightenment that pushed him to say that the time chosen to leave the Delhi government was wrong.

While saying this in a half-hearted temper, Kejriwal put his moral on the higher pedestal declaring the move a tactical miscalculation as the Delhiites could not understand his puritan motive.

And now, with this enlightenment (political) that has lighten the burden of his heart, he is reaching the city of Lord Shiva tomorrow to set in motion his campaigning that is directed against defeating Narendra Modi.

And like an enlightened soul, Kejriwal expects to be hit again, but not now. He says, in a way of saying, that in real terms of thrashing, the real thrashing stands postponed, that he is safe until the elections are over as any more thrashing attempt may ‘boomerang’ and may benefit Kejriwal and AAP electorally. His enlightenment says the ‘real’ thrashing will come after the Lok Sabha polls.  

(The alter-ego to his enlightenment says that it is logical that these thrashings should stop for now as these have failed to produce any electoral wave of sympathy for AAP/Arvind Kejriwal.)

And like an enlightened politician, Kejriwal now sounds like accepting a defeat (in Varanasi and elsewhere) in the garb of moral victory, expecting that the unexpected could, somehow, happen. He is seeking ‘truth’ to defeat forces like BJP and Narendra Modi (he doesn’t consider Congress a worthy adversary anymore!).

He says: “What is needed is the path of truth... This is what happened in the Delhi election too. People used to then remark that we had no money. I agreed. But I told everyone that we were on the path of truth. We need to stick to that.”

And with this enlightened thinking, he is reaching Varanasi the next morning to take on Narendra Modi who is busy crisscrossing the country. Refusal of Mukhtar Ansari (that has left the Muslim votes available to others) has already given him a boost before the next leg of his Varanasi stay as he can expect to mobilize the Muslim votes in his favour now.

(The alter-ego to this enlightenment says the deal with Mukhtar Ansari to consolidate the anti-Narendra Modi votes is indeed a political requirement of the electoral scene of now in Varanasi though the ‘truth-seeker’ in Kejriwal rubbishes reports of any deal with the don-turned-politician who is in jail for rioting, murder and other charges, even if Mukhtar’s brother claims to have the CCTV footage of AAP leaders in meeting with him to discuss the possibility of Mukhtar leaving the Varanasi seat.)

And with this enlightened political persona, Kejriwal is reaching Varanasi to hit the campaign trail, banking on the strength of his ‘truth’.

Varanasi has been electorally-politically interesting right from the day Narendra Modi announced his candidature. Kejriwal only added to it. And now, a politically enlightened, truth-seeker Kejriwal is going to add even more spice to it.

Some pretty interesting days (electorally-politically) ahead folks! 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -