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.

Saturday 23 August 2014


Policies are mere written documents until put into effect methodically and honestly. Almost of the policies are well planned. The problem lies in their implementation. And the chronic levels of corruption in every aspect of Indian society – in its political systems – in its social structures – in the wings of governance – has left millions to live and die in conditions of abject poverty and no dignity.

This convoluted implementation of policies is the central reason behind insurgencies in many parts of India including the Naxal affected areas as well as the in the North-East states when some ideologically aligned people organized armed groups to demand their rights, especially in poor rural and tribal areas and in remote and geographically difficult terrains, where not even the 10 paise of a Rupee spent reached to the intended beneficiaries. These insurgencies are decades old now.

And like most of the insurgencies, unable to take on the might of the state to bring the change they intended for, they end up being the criminal elements and extortionists, because, by the time they realize they cannot win the ill-conceived armed rebellion they began with in the land of the Mahatma, they have become too used to of living a life of no restrictions where they are the government, where they are the executioners.

Some of them who rightly understand the ‘realizations’, surrender to the government while others who by now have become like the hardened criminals with a distorted ideology of disowning the System, decide to run amok and live the life of outlaws.

That is the story of the most of the armed rebellions in the independent India. They began with ideologies to correct the anomalies in the System but the System changes them and the time squeezes the vestiges of the ideology out of them.

And the people, for whom the ideologies took up the arms, are still there, in fact, in more miserable circumstances. They are now being crushed from both sides.

The state, with all its good intent, is still struggling with the ‘implementation’ problem leaving millions still in hopeless situations.

And the armed-rebels-turned-militants are targeting them as well as the subjects of their ruthless regimes where arbitrary brutal executions have become so common, where they adduct and extort, where they smuggle and steal, where the use the people for their carnal pleasures, where they use the people as their shield in shootouts with the security forces.

Yes, some of the ideologues with honest intent are still left, but the armed rebellions could never have been the answers to the problems of democracy in the land of Mahatma Gandhi that is also the world’s largest functional democracy.

That sums up the armed insurgencies in the independent India.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -