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 17 June 2014


With a summer of mounting power crisis, the rush to form the next government in Delhi is in news again. AAP and BJP both are reported to be engaged in efforts.

AAP negotiating with Congress and BJP working on ‘rebel AAP MLAs’ options – though such reports and claims have been dismissed by BJP, AAP and Congress – the developments are expected to give Delhi the next ‘elected’ government.

With 3 BJP members of the Delhi legislative assembly becoming the members of the parliament, the sitting MLA strength of the House is now 67. It means, to form the government, a simple majority of 34 MLAs is needed now.

The AAP prospects: Given the count of 27, AAP, too, like BJP’s 29 MLAs, has the chances. The only catch is, AAP does not have the luxury of putting efforts for more than ‘one easily available options’.

AAP needs 7 MLAs and even in that case it would be just a razor-thin simple majority.

AAP can look for Congress, the lone independent MLA and the lone JD(U) MLA. They all make for a combined strength of 37 (27+8+1+1).

If this happens, then AAP can expect to manage well for the remaining tenure, provided it meets the ‘criteria’.

And what can be the elements of the ‘criteria’? AAP will have to accommodate each and every demand of the ‘supporting’ MLAs. Here, the problem would not be with the Congress party as it will support from outside. But the 2 other MLAs would extract a heavy price.

But the big question before the stage to ‘meet the elements of the criteria laid’ arrives is whether the Congress party will come forward to support AAP.

There are reports talking of meetings and possible ‘deal’ between AAP and Congress with each vehemently denied by both. But even Congress needs time to prepare for the lost ground in Delhi before it goes to the polls. After the historically low tally in the recently held Lok Sabha elections, there are real chances that an election held now may worsen its situation even further that will further weaken its revival prospects.

So, even if Congress supporting AAP to form the government again after the failed previous experiment may look like a remote possibility as of now, we should not be surprised if some last minute deal could be worked out.

In the present circumstances, Congress has not much to lose politically. Any performing government in Delhi would work anti to its prospects but a performing BJP government would be much more harmful.

In fact, a performing AAP government, running with the ‘crucial and guided’ support of Congress would be the logical option for the Delhi politics of the grand old party of India.

The party will have to bear the opportunity cost of giving AAP another chance to prove its ‘worthiness’ in order to gain time to act further, to act better.

That is the only chance the Aam Aadmi Party has to form the government in Delhi.

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