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 28 December 2014


Bengal, Gujarat and others, should have some serious introspection for their proponents and supporters who had started making claims and counterclaims on waning BJP gains/Modi Factor/Modi Wave.

The results of the four assembly polls after the 2014 Lok Sabha election tell how unfounded those questions were.

If seen on the rational plank, not superimposing the performance of BJP in the assembly segments in the Lok Sabha polls, that was far better than what BJP came out with in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and even in Jammu & Kashmir, the rationale of BJP getting stronger at the expense of Congress and its allies (of now).

After the Lok Sabha polls, a historic mandate defining the electoral and political landscape of India, when BJP emerged as the only party winning majority on its own after the 1984 polls when Congress had swept the country riding on the sympathy wave after Indira Gandhi's assassination, had telling signs.

1984 to 2014 - it is a full circle now for Congress and the wheel has turned having a new hand steering it. There was sympathy wave for Congress then. There was anti-incumbency surge for Congress this time.

But, more importantly, for BJP, there was no sympathy wave. What gave the party central poll-plank was this anti-Congress anti-incumbency surge coupled with anti-Congress anti-corruption wave. And the clear projection of Narendra Modi as the prime-ministerial candidate, with a track-record of over a decade of development oriented governance in Gujarat coupled with his Hindutva identity, when there was no other prime-ministerial candidate in the field (including Rahul Gandhi), filled whatever gaps were left in BJP's preparation/appeal/credentials.

BJP's win this time was earned, helped by several factors, including efficient management of elections, down to the booth level, sweeping grounds in the most important states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and maintaining extensive outreach in states where it was nowhere in the scene, like West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Northeast states.

They efficiently managed the anti-Congress wave, absence of a clear, official, Modi-adversary, the fractured opposition, the Hindutva politics elements and crushed the hopes of the opponents with extensive campaigning by Narendra Modi.

The opposition didn't question its loss on these pointers and went into a quickly adorned fallacy of a 'BJP/Modi on decline' based on the outcomes of the bypolls, while Modi and BJP kept on oiling and working the machinery that delivered it the Lok Sabha pollls.

And Congress (and Opposition) did its own peril the four assembly poll results show, with three having BJP governments while in J&K, BJP is the clear kingmaker with maximum vote share. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -