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, 30 November 2014
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Friday, 28 November 2014
Thursday, 27 November 2014
- Lotus was visible everywhere this time in the areas where the Phase 1 of the J&K Assembly Polls were held. RSS affiliate Muslim Rashtriya Manch and Delhi based organization of Muslim clerics, Jamaat-e-Ulema-i-Hind are working with the energy that is known to be an RSS forte. Jammu and Ladakh were always visible on radar but the scenario now speaks of BJP making significant inroads even in the Valley. Entry of another mainstream national political party of India as a major force in the state - isn't it a positive sign for the political integration of the state.
- What if the BJP wins 30 seats and manages numbers to form the government or wins the numbers on its own - wouldn't it be about the definitive change of perceptions about Kashmir, about the so-called notions of 'Kashmiriyat' and about the anti-secular credentials of BJP?
- First Congress and now BJP, the two main national political parties in India, are now have major presence in the state if we go by the pre-poll projections of these assembly polls in J&K, while the separatists, who claim to be the sole voice of the people of J&K, are marginalized. Could the separatists not read what was coming next for them?
- It looks the reports of separatists looting and deflecting the Union Government aid and assistance by the central agencies during the recent floods have dented much the face value of the separatist leaders. Also, like the state government, they, too, were not visible, except for making anti-India rhetoric. Action speaks louder than words - isn't it?
- The prompt response of the Indian government, first during the floods, and now in the Budgam shooting case of two teenagers where speedy probe resulted in nine soldiers being indicted today - were these the right messages delivered at right time the impact value of which could finally open the doors to the efforts the Indian government has been trying for long - consistent efforts to bring the people of J&K to realities of the hollow agenda of separatists the terror-driven anti-India moves of Pakistan?
- Given by the developments, isn't it the high time for the separatists shed their escapist garb in the name of 'Kashmiriyat' and prove their base in the state?
- Alternatively, isn't it the apt time for the Indian government to politically manoeuvre the prevailing situation to co-opt the separatists who are down and out morally?
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
- Unprecedented enthusiasm, the rural Jammu & Kashmir, the mountainous J&K, the remote J&K, the 15 assembly seats in the first round of the J&K polls, they have spoken, and spoken overwhelmingly, that they have started seeing the point that they are better off with Indian democracy than following the misleading propaganda of separatists. 72% of them turned out, from 61% last time, isn't it a slap in the face of separatists, the so-called flag-bearers of the interests of the people of Jammu & Kashmir?
- Like always, separatists have called for boycott and general strike during the polls. But there were several polling booths where people remained in long queues even after the polling time was over. Is the influence of separatists on the wane?
- Same can be said for terrorist groups. The high turnout has proved quite frustrating for them it seems as more 'warning posters' by them cropped up today threatening voters not to participate. The day aptly made for the phrase 'ballot over bullet'. Is the fear of terror not fearful enough now?
- Also, like in past, the poll campaigning was not a taboo this time. People and politicians shed the stigma attached with campaigning for and participating in elections. It's true the boycott activities were effectively handled. But the level of people's participation tells its spontaneous. Is the thinking about the future of the next generation finally taking over the deleterious notions of worthless self-imposed isolation?
- The state saw one of the worst floods this year. And there is anger on the way the state government of chief minister Omar Abdullah handled it. The state population also saw how the Indian government, Indian forces and Narendra Modi came forward to extend the helping hand when its elected government failed. Has this calamity affected the way the J&K electorate thinks about its position in the Union of India?
- Since July, Narendra Modi has been regularly visiting J&K. Like the North-East of India, Narendra Modi regularly speaks about J&K, calling the state a priority focus. July, August, September, October, November - he has been there every month. He spent his Diwali in J&K. So far, he has acted on both the parameters - on delivering on ground and on building symbolism - the factors that can contribute to the positive swing of the electoral behaviour. Is Narendra Modi going to be able to do what he could do in May 2014 Lok Sabha polls and what he was able to do in the recently concluded Maharashtra and Haryana elections?
- Shouldn't we read the higher turnout as the pro-BJP votes in the state as we saw in the Lok Sabha and in Maharashtra and Haryana elections?
- The pre-poll projections have written off Congress and National Conference, the ruling Combine which recently split, in these polls. The seat projection for them is around 10-15 seats while BJP is projected to win around 30 seats. PDP is expected to emerge as the largest party, but short of majority. So, the pre-poll projections make it a PDP Vs BJP battle in the 87-member assembly leaving the space for BJP to manoeuvre to arrange the numbers. Emergence of a nationalist party like BJP that has been talking about repealing the Article 370, even if keeping it away this time - doesn't it sound death-knell for separatist politicians and their agenda?
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Monday, 24 November 2014
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Sunday, 23 November 2014
- Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, why do you think you can still score in Delhi assembly elections? Do you also feel the way a senior Congress politician had famously remarked that 'public has a very short memory and it soon forgets on allegations in coal scam'?
- But, why should Delhi trust you after placing its trust in you that you didn't reciprocate?
- Don't your acts say you are power-hungry? You didn't have majority. Yours were not even the largest party. Yet, you chose to go with a party the policies of which you always berated to form the government when the largest party, BJP, chose to stay away. And when you saw the chance, or were made to believe that you could play a bigger role in the national politics, you simply dumped the confidence of the Delhi voters in search of greener pastures.
- Now, one of the arguments you give that Aam Aadmi Party's vote share increased in the Lok Sabha election in Delhi. But seen in comparison with BJP, AAP's increase stands nowhere. BJP was leading in 60 of the 70 assembly segments in the Lok Sabha election and it registered growth of over 13% in vote share while AAP's increase was around 4%. Isn't there simply a BJP or Modi wave in Delhi?
- Also, the different pre-poll projections say if the elections are held today, BJP will win a clear mandate. You have rebuffed surveys in past saying they are manipulative studies. But seeing BJP's performance, that was again proved in Maharashtra and Haryana assembly polls, don't you feel you are waging a lost battle?
- Haryana, where BJP was nowhere in the scene, shot to power in one go, and with thumping majority. Yes, BJP had been a player in the state for decades but was always treated as junior partner by its allies. While they fought this election alone after the confidence they gained with the Lok Sabha election results, AAP withdrew from Haryana, not contesting even, when Haryana was being seen as the next logical political extension of AAP beyond Delhi. Don't you think BJP has already won the psychological battle?
- Is Arvind Kejriwal an answer to the Modi Wave? Can the Kejriwal factor balance the psychological edge the BJP has?
- Congress is being seen as a non-player as far as the next Delhi assembly polls are concerned, unlike the last year polls where it was being seen as making the fight triangular. How do you see it in the context of the upcoming assembly polls?
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Friday, 21 November 2014
Thursday, 20 November 2014
- It is unprecedented. It is the first time that the Supreme Court has intervened to the extent in removing the director of a central investigating agency from a probe that is working on. Can we term it judicial activism or the Supreme Court was forced to do after the apex court's patience was tested enough by the CBI director?
- But, shouldn't have this decision come much before given the fact that it has come almost three months after the visitor diary of CBI chief's residence containing details of visits of people facing probe in 2G and coal-blocks allocation cases was put in public domain and the Supreme Court attention was drawn to it?
- Shouldn't have the CBI chief recused himself from the 2G probe when the allegations surfaced in the first place? Should he step down now?
- Isn't it too late given the fact that Ranjit Sinha is finishing his term as the CBI director on December 2, just after 12 days from now, and removing him from the 2G probe cannot alter the functional grounds of the investigation process now?
- Should the government wait and let Ranjit Sinha finish his term or it should act after the Supreme Court's order on Ranjit Sinha on moral grounds?
- If the decision doesn't hold for the technical elements of the investigation now given his term is ending, what is the symbolic message that it conveys?
- 'CBI is a caged parrot and set it free' - Ranjit Sinha had famously demanded once. It opened a Pandora's box of debates given the fact that CBI thoroughly enjoyed the reputation of being a central investigating agency controlled and manipulated by the parties in power. Will the Supreme Court's decision to remove him from the 2G probe prove an effective reminder in that direction?
- When Ranjit Sinha had demanded so, it sounded hollow as coming from a person who had faced allegations of being biased and favouring politicians and whose appointment had a streak of controversy behind it. Hasn't the Supreme Court decision today proved the controversy justified?
- Supreme Court went as far as in setting the seriousness of its observations while removing Ranjit Sinha by saying that it was not passing a detailed order as it would hurt CBI's reputation. What does it tell to the government given the fact that Ranjit Sinha is finishing his term and a new CBI director is to be appointed?
- Don't we need to relook at the debate on CBI's autonomy in the context of the Supreme Court decision today?
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
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Tuesday, 11 November 2014
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