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.

Sunday 8 June 2014



Though they still make for the lesser strength on headcount (in total electors counts and therefore in total turnout) in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, the turnout of the female electors was better than their male counterparts in many states and union territories with some major jump when seen along the 2009 turnout figures.

The list of 11 states and 5 union territories include four big states, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Odisha, with the usual claimants - some of the smaller states and the union territories.  

While the difference is small in the comparatively bigger states in this lot, the gap is good in case of some smaller states and union territories, i.e., Arunachal Pradesh (76%-Male to 81%-Female), Daman & Diu (74%-M to 82%-F) and Goa (75%-M to 79%-F). But the bigger states is good news because of the large number of electors on the roll showing us women coming out to participate in the process that counts for their lives for five year or so. Three of these four states have women voters turnout at over 70%.

The outperformers on female-electors turnout are:

Arunachal Pradesh: 76.2 % (male) - 81.02 % (female)
Bihar: 55.08 % (male) - 57.66 % (female)
Goa: 74.91 % (male) - 79.11 % (female)
Himachal Pradesh: 63.43 % (male) - 65.46 % (female)
Manipur: 78.66 % (male) - 80.54 % (female)
Orissa: 72.61 % (male) - 74.99 % (female)
Punjab: 70.33 % (male) - 70.93 % (female)
Sikkim: 82.89 % (male) - 83.88 % (female)
Tamil Nadu: 73.44 % (male) - 73.96 % (female)
Uttarakhand: 60.48 % (male) - 62.84 % (female)
Meghalaya: 67.48 % (male) - 70.07 % (female)

Chandigarh: 73.42 % (male) - 74.04 % (female)
Dadra & Nagar Haveli: 82.66 % (male) - 85.71 % (female)
Daman & Diu: 74.33 % (male) - 81.83 % (female)
Lakshadweep: 84.87 % (male) - 88.42 % (female)
Puducherry: 81.32 % (male) - 82.81 % (female)

What is significant is the jump in the turnout in some cases if we compare them with the female-electors turnout in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

Five states have registered over 10% jump from the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. The jump is stellar in case of Goa (25% - 53.8% to 79.11%). Considered backward on women issues, Bihar also scores well with 15% jump (42.62% to 57.66%). Arunachal Pradesh has registered a significant jump of 14% (67.22% to 81.02%). It is around 11% in case of Odisha and Uttarakhand. Punjab, Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh are around 6% increase.

Bucking the trend here, some of these states and union territories have registered negative growth (when compared with the 2009 turnout), but these are smaller states and the difference is small in each case as well, i.e., Sikkim (-1%), Puducherry (-3%) and Lakshadweep (-0.5%).

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -