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.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014



Reports have been in solid state that the Congress tickets for the Lok Sabha elections are not in demand.

It was reflected in many senior leaders including ministers like P. Chidambaram and Manish Tewari quitting the electoral arena. The clear reason was the fear of a certain loss, irrespective of all the illogical logics given by the Congress party and its politicians about their acts of ‘taking a break this time’.

But one seat has certainly become hot for the Congressmen. Even the senior Congress politicians are writing to the top decision-making body of the Congress party to be given an ‘opportunity’ to contest from the seat.

And the Congress party postponing the declaration every passing day only confirms this ‘rush’. Congress is yet to decide on a ‘suitable’ candidate for the seat.

But isn’t that a strategic blunder? After all, anyone who is chosen to contest from this seat would need time to galvanize voters in his (no chance of any ‘her’ as of now) favour to the extent that a definite loss can be equated with a winning scenario.

This is when this parliamentary constituency has become the most prestigious Lok Sabha fight in the country.

Other parties have declared their candidates well in advance and they have registered their ground presence to initiate the poll canvassing that is expected to intensify by April last as the polling there is scheduled to be held on May 12, in the last phase of General Elections 2014.

Yes, Narendra Modi going to Varanasi has already decided the poll outcome in favour of BJP.

Now, for the other parties, the options left are either registering a symbolic presence or trying to gain a political martyr’s status (that Arvind Kejriwal is trying) or trying to get a symbolic victory (with added bonus of scaled up perception of loyalty to the First Family and the Congress party) by denying Narendra Modi a large-margin victory, something that Congress strategists would be thinking of.

So, Congress, its possible, is taking its time to find a name that could effectively deliver on reducing the vote count of Modi.

Digvijay Singh, Rashid Alvi or Ajai Rai - but Congress needs to see the exercise doesn’t get too stretched so as leave the party high and dry with yet another embarrassment. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -