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 13 May 2014




Banaras District (Central) - 45.19%
Raghunath Singh – Indian National Congress

1957 - 62.67%  
Raghunath Singh – Indian National Congress

1962 - 63.28%
Raghunath Singh – Indian National Congress

1967 - 59.42% -
Satya Narain Singh – Communist Party of India (Marxist)

1971 - 55.48%
Raja Ram Shastri – Indian National Congress

1977 - 55.83%
Chandra Shekhar – Bhartiya Lok Dal

1980 - 53.66%
Kamalapati Tripathi – Indian National Congress (Indira)

1984 - 54.94%
Shyam Lal Yadav – Indian National Congress

1989 - 42.64%
Anil Shastri – Janata Dal  

1991 - 44.79%
Shreesh Chandra Dixit – Bhartiya Janata Party  

1996 - 40.58%
Shankar Prasad Jaiswal – Bhartiya Janata Party  

1998 - 47.18%
Shankar Prasad Jaiswal – Bhartiya Janata Party  

1999 - 45.02%
Shankar Prasad Jaiswal – Bhartiya Janata Party  

2004 - 48.15%
Rajesh Mishra – Indian National Congress

2009 - 42.61%
Murli Manohar Joshi – Bhartiya Janata Party  

2014 – 55.34%

2014 is a good year for Varanasi’s electoral politics (and for the country as well) when the provisional figures of the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections have put the poll percentage in Varanasi at 55.34% and it is expected to go up.

Varanasi had not seen its poll percentage crossing the 50% mark since 1984 when the Lok Sabha election in the city registered 54.94% voting. Indian National Congress (or simply Congress) had won the seat that year. In 2009 polls, the poll percentage was 42.61%.

Overall, the maximum poll percentage that Varanasi has registered is 63.28%. It was so a long ago, in the third Lok Sabha elections in 1962, won by Raghunath Singh of Congress.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -