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.

Thursday 31 December 2015



It is always between 'what changes from one calendar day to the next' and 'every day is a new day, a reservoir of hopes, a new opportunity to do, undo or redo things'.

And it is always better to go with the later one - every day is a new day and every day is a new 'you'.

Welcome 2016. Adieu 2015.

Reflect on. Retrospect. Introspect.

To reflect on the days ahead. To recharge yourself. With this symbolic milestone.

A symbolic milestone that comes every year.

It is for you to look at it - so why won't we do it in a positive, uplifting mode?  

Yes, life is very unpredictable - and so are its difficulties - with moments that let you down - with letdowns that lock you in an inertia.

But pragmatism tells to always look ahead - at the point beyond that letdown. It is only you who can break the run of inertia in your life - it is only you  who can win over the psychological entrapments that you have built around yourself.

Life's experiences should tell us that there is no substitute, no alternative, but to fight back - when life is dragging you down. Kill those jinxes that work to darken your path.

After all, apart from your family, who else stands with you emotionally? Everyone else either has a fleeting attention to the problems your are facing or a 'knack' to exploit you more in your hours of crisis.

Anyway, that was about migrating from one year to the next - here in this case, from December 31, 2015 to January 1, 2016.

So..what has been my account of the year?

Diversified. Challenging. With my share of highs and lows. With my problems and with my triumphs. Like it happens in every life.

The many things that I had thought to do this year - some of them I could do - some of them are works in progress - and some of them are in advanced stages of ideation - and some of them are in still pipeline - something that always happens - in every life -  and I have learnt to enjoy it this way.

I successfully developed my personal website this year - which I treat as my web journal - and so far, I have been engaged with it looks and progress. I had taken the domain name last year but the development with a professional touch came this year - and it was in sync with what I had thought when I was beginning 2015.

While reflecting back on 2014 on December 31 last year, I had decided that I would devote more time to my books and would limit my online publishing activity to once a day. Now, when I am reflecting back on 2015, on a December 31 exactly one year later, I am already more than a post a day - so far 431 posts this year in 364 days with this December 31 yet to go.

2015 was the fourth consecutive year on my writing and publishing pledge when I could maintain the discipline of writing or creating something daily - something that I had begun on October 15, 2011 - though with a random thought - with no long terms goals - but with 'every day' convictions.

I still have no goals. My driver is the sense of satisfaction that I draw after creating something from discipline of doing it daily.

Yes, I regret that I could not work that much on my books as I had thought, but what is relieving is that I know that why I could not do so and that I would do something concrete with them in the days to come.

Like I have been doing with my writing and with my creativity, I could do all that I needed to - with diversity as the leitmotif - in articles, in essays, in poetry, in images, in quotes, in fiction.

All that I have been through in 2015 I cannot write here and I should not write here, but while moving to the next year with the symbolic importance of January 1 - of 'newness and hope' - I have no bad feeling about how 2015 passed - but good reasons to look ahead and positive energy to work further.  

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - 

Wednesday 30 December 2015


Some days ago, on December 24, I received an email on my Hotmail ID that I don't use frequently. The mail had been sent twice with a brief message 'can we talk?'. I saw the message on December 28.

Like it happens, emails from unknown IDs make us suspicious, especially in the times of email frauds, in the times of chronic phishing, especially when they are with such terse, cryptic messages that openly tell us this conversation, if taken ahead, will lead us to become victims of a financial fraud or an email scam. Such cases have been widely reported in the media, from across the world.

But the email ID here is what made me look further into it. After I did some basic googling, I found this email ID was of a student from the Western University, Canada (or University of Western Ontario) - from its Department of Education. I came to know that it was a reputed university consistently figuring in global rankings and was among the top ranked in Canada.

The next question was - why some student from such a university in Canada and from an educational stream not related to mine wanted to contact me?

It led me to think the one plausible thought that came to my mind - the possibility that this email ID was hacked.

To clear my thoughts further, I replied to the mail with an expected  normal - 'who is this?'

And to speak for my thoughts, as I had thought - as happens - I got a long reply the next day - this time from a different email ID with a different name - with similar fraud lines like 'the person writing the mail was initiating the process to discuss further about a great sum (in GBP - the notorious email lottery scams) that had to be transferred to my account' and that 'I needed to exercise utmost caution and privacy while taking the communication further' and that 'the whole transaction would be processed through India's central bank' and so on.

As soon as I read this, which reaffirmed what I was thinking, I did the same that I do with this sort of emails - marking them for my spam mail folder and deleting them.

But what is worrying here is the email ID.

I cannot say and would never like to think so - that some student from a reputed university would write a mail that would lead to a financial fraud.  

That pushes us to think about this horrible possibility - that these criminals, these scamsters are hacking email IDs of genuine people to entrap their victims - like in this case, where an email by a university student led me to reply back - something I (and many others) don't do in case of an email by an ID with suspicious traits.

I think I will write an email to the Western University, Canada about it - and hope they act swiftly on it.

Here is the screen-grab of website of the university with the email ID from which I got the mail. I am putting this screen-grab in public domain as it is already open to public access. I hope it will alert the concerned people as well as many unsuspecting ones who ultimately become victims of such frauds.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - 

Tuesday 29 December 2015


Indian philosophy has always seen charity as one of the best virtues and 'a must have endeavour' in every human life - yes, an endeavour that doesn't expect anything in return.

And 'secret charity' is its most pious form - giving without expecting anything in return - even good words - even obliged gestures.

It is the 'sanctum sanctorum' act of a virtuous, meaningful human life that believes in 'giving' because it comes to him as responsibility and not as liability - because it comes to him as answerability to his inner urge and not as a mean to feel 'high and mighty'.

Indian philosophy, right from the dawn of its civilization, right from its earliest texts like in Vedas, has consistently extolled virtues of charity (and secret charity). Its scriptures worship concepts like Dana (donation/charity), Bhiksha (alms) or Dakshina (reasonable fee) and put emphasis on their inevitability in every human life and their need for overall well-being of the society - the need to give it back to the society.

Charity (or secret charity) is very basic to human life in Indian culture, tradition and history - and so in every other religion or faith practiced worldwide - be it Christianity or Islam or Buddhism (which emanated from India) or Judaism or others.

Not like the 'basics' of Facebook's 'Free Basics'.

Tomorrow, December 30, is the deadline to send in your opinion on the consultation paper floated by the telecom regulator TRAI on 'differential pricing' of digital content (zero-rating/net neutrality).

Activists and many concerned people, who can think and who bother to think, are up in arms. 

How can the initiatives by these 'commercial vendors or social media sites with business interests' be seen in good faith when 'profit seeking' is the root of any business idea?

India crossed 100 crore (1000 million) mobile phone subscribers mark this year, yet only 25% Indians are online as Google's Rajan Anandan says. And even if we are the fastest growing internet market in the world, there are only 400 million mobile internet users (and there are only 150 million smartphone users) - so there is a huge (huge) market to tap - because it is the mobile internet market that makes India the fastest growing internet marketplace in the world.

And that makes us question the intent of the ideas behind the services like 'Free Basics'.

We have no reasons to question Mark Zuckerberg's intent to donate his 99% wealth in charity. In fact acts like that are what the world needs desperately. And people like Zuckerberg doing so publicly, no doubt, will inspire many others to join the cause.

But then Zuckerberg could have kept Facebook away from his 'Free Basics' basket - that would have simply answered all the critics who are questioning his intent - an altruistic act that would speak for itself.

That was the minimum (and maximum) basic expected!

That could have answered the critics questioning his intent with doubts like 'why Free Basics is in bad taste' or 'why it sounds inhuman in appeal'!

Featured Image Courtesy: Free Basics website

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -  

Monday 28 December 2015


In September 2012, it was reduced to just six from a copious, unrestrained flow so far.

Then some months later, some thoughts went into it 'within a reconsideration mode' and the number was increased by three, making the cut at nine in a year.

Then came the elections in 2014 and the tally was further upped by another three to make for a comprehensive 'a dozen for a dozen' mark.

Now comes January 2016 and another approach is going to be adopted.

According to a government notification issued today, now if you are in income bracket above Rs. 10 Lakh (the taxable sum), you are no longer entitled to avail subsidized LPG cylinders.

Logical and fair.

We can even lower this income threshold to Rs. 7.5 Lakh or Rs. 6 Lakh (the income threshold for OBCs or the 'Creamy Layer' threshold - above which OBCs are entitled to get caste based reservation).

Millions in India, its masses, need subsidy and any policy in India can only succeed when it looks at subsidies as 'social obligations' and not as 'unavoidable or necessary evils'.

That means we need a rationalized subsidy policy where the whole emphasis should be on identifying those who really need and those who unnecessarily avail subsidies.

And we need steps like the one taken today - what was voluntary till date doesn't remain 'on individual discretion' anymore.

The exchequer had a subsidy payout of around Rs. 41000 crore in 2014-15. The country can do much better if this subsidy burden is directed at those families in real, dire need.

The government notification also tells the 'give it up' initiative failed to live up to expectations. India has around 15 crore LPG connections that itself tells millions of families are still dependent on traditional, alternative sources of energy. They, simply, cannot afford the luxury of LPG connection - something that is considered a basic need today.  They need subsidy in real terms. Millions of households with LPG connections need subsidy because they face difficulty in managing their monthly budgets.

But those families that earn some Rs. 50000 a month certainly doesn't it.

So, the notification today is a logical move and will add up significantly to the lot of around 57 lakh families that have so far 'given up' their subsidies voluntarily.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -  

Sunday 27 December 2015


As it goes - Narendra Modi thought - and Nawaz Sharif proposed - and two met - while Narendra Modi was to leave for India via Pakistan's airspace - as reports say..  

But shouldn't we leave the part - 'as reports say' - and instead should prefer to go with the part - 'as it goes'?

Are there written rules for policymaking on diplomacy?

No, there should not be and there cannot be!

Written rules are for extremes of policies made in a democratic nation that India is!

Written rules, like in a constitution, ensure that what a policy must not do!

Written rules define boundaries of policies according to times and are open to time-specific changes!

Written rules don't say 'do not follow or mend a policy' because it is contrary to the position earlier taken - if it is not akin to compromising with sovereignty of the country!

Written rules don't say, in case of India-Pakistan talks here, that talks should be done on 'this or that' precondition!

Written rules don't say that 'don't tweak your policies to take an altogether different approach to try something good even if it means trusting a nation like Pakistan with bad track record on this parameter'!

Written rules don't say that 'don't take a path opposed to the one taken previously as it is not in sync with domestic politics of the nation'!

Written rules never say diplomacy cannot be exercised 'the common man' style!

So, what is wrong if Narendra Modi chose to have a brief stopover in Pakistan to wish Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistani prime minister, personally on his birthday - doubling the day's moments of joy as it was also the wedding of Sharif's granddaughter that day!

Shouldn't we see this as the 'icing on the cake' - that doing this on the day - on December 25 - gave the developments an overall higher appeal to the symbolism of this 'common-man-esque' call as the day happens to be birth anniversaries of Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Atal Bihari Vajpayee as well?

Why should we go on scouting for 'inside stories' and why should we go on endlessly about possible scoops?

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -  

Saturday 26 December 2015


Two Decembers – two years – two random clicks - 2014 and 2015 – same AIIMS Metro station – same hospital (All India Institute of Medical Sciences-AIIMS-Delhi) - India’s biggest and probably the most superior hospital in the country – the hospital with the common perception that it is either for the ‘high and mighty’ or for those who cannot afford any other option and are cursed to bear the apathetic doctors and support staff of the hospital - and same story symbolic of homelessness in India and ‘open sky as roof’ in North India’s chilling a Delhi that has now a government which boasts of being a government of and for the common man..



©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - 

Thursday 24 December 2015


I haven't seen the movie. It is releasing in India tomorrow but I can't say when I will go to watch it. 

But that doesn't mean I am going to keep myself aloof from one of the most important marketing events of the year that comes garnished with what has unarguably become an important cultural phenomenon - recreating and re-living the 'Star Wars' experience. 

And a journey through the reports after the movie was released, and a journey through the events and reports that preceded the release, tell us how a brilliant marketing campaign was weaved around a movie franchisee that has made words like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Yoda, Darth Vader, Jedi, Sith, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Count Dooku, Obi-Wan, Death Star, R2-D2, Galactic Empire, Lightsaber, Stormtroopers and many others part of contemporary lingua franca - inspiring loads of spin-offs - in every age right from its first release in 1977. 

Going by the majority of reports and assessments, it can be said the film has successfully 're-launched' the franchisee with the same essence that made the first two trilogies of the 'Star Wars' series cult classics - narratives that make you feel positive about plausibility of their fantasy - here an alternative universe the 'Star Wars' way. 

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' tells 'the Force' is still there - with grand success of marketing events before the release of the film and the iconic triumph that it achieved after its release. 

Fantasy, any sort of, is inseparable part of our existence but erecting them on celluloid requires a master's craft. Very few narratives have excelled in that and we can say the 'Star Wars' series is one in the league (another valid example here is the two 'Ring' trilogies - 'The Lord of the Rings' and the 'The Hobbit') and it is good to read that this 7th movie in the series, with a new production house and a new director, has extended the space opera logically from its 2005 release, 'Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith'. 

Disney, which acquired Lucasfilm for US$ 4 Billion in 2012 has played well in taking the 'Star Wars Universe' ahead. The company mounted a massive pre-release marketing campaign, and as per reports, 'The Force Awakens' had already grossed around US$ 250 Million before it hit theatres.  

No other marketing campaign has generated this sort of intense buzz except Apple's iPhone launch in the recent history. 

Similar reports of fans waiting in long queues outside theatres (in case of the film) or shops (for iPhones) make for cultural extensions to these two brands. While Disney put in intense efforts starting with release of 'Star Wars comic book' in January, the buzz around the next iPhone starts building up by March-April and peaks in August-September before the September launch event of iPhone.  

Critics and people, at large, have appreciated the film and have gone on to say that 'The Force Awakens' successfully talks to the nostalgia in them for 'Star Wars' films. 

And the film's record-breaking financial success so far and its projections for the days to come reaffirm it.  
Featured Image Courtesy: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' poster from Star Wars website 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - 

Wednesday 23 December 2015


We all know the whole ISIS existence is totally anti-humanity. In fact, we cannot expect any semblance of the universal values of humanity being followed in the territories controlled by terrorist organizations like ISIS or Al Shabab - or for that matter, even radical organizations like IRA or ETA or Adolf Hitler's Nazi party – or for that instance, in many countries run by dictatorial regimes with one party hegemony.

Such outfits always find this or that excuse to maintain their grip over power and most of them do so in the name of religion like ISIS is doing or quoting ethnicity and national pride like Nazi party did.

In fact, nothing could parallel the worst atrocity perpetrated in the name of ethnic superiority and national pride - the Holocaust - millions of Jews and many others were methodically killed in a cold blooded manner over the years. They were starved to death. They were gassed. They were arbitrarily shot. Many of them were burnt when they were still alive.

We all know, with the beginning of the end of the World War II, Hitler's forces came to know that their defeat was imminent and they were going to be subjected to legal action for their war crimes. And so, the officials of the Concentration Camps, which dotted the German occupied territories, especially in Germany and Poland, were ordered to kill all inmates and wipe the evidence. In many camps they did so – but failed miserably. In many they could not do it.

In our generation, no one has seen the Holocaust, but those who follow it can very feel the horror by going through the literature available on it and by engaging with the visual documentation including fictional narratives based on experiences of victims. An engagement with the Holocaust documentation stirs your whole identity.

I had the similar feeling when I saw this tweet yesterday. It was by Col. Steve Warren, the Spokesman for the Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the US military operation against ISIS or ISIL (Islamic State) as his Twitter page says. Mr. Warren had tweeted a document that listed directives for the ISIS fighters on 'how to commit atrocities on civilians before fleeing Fallujah' so that the allied forces could be painted in dark in the propaganda material of the world's most dreaded terrorist organization - that has established beyond doubt its grip over advanced communication technologies.

ISF is for Iraqi Security Forces and PMF for is Popular Mobilisation Forces, considered a Shia militia wing. They are engaged in fierce battle with ISIS. The ISIS directive lays down on how the ISIS fighters, dressed in ISF and PMF outfits, should maximize efforts to creates stage managed scenes for ISIS propaganda videos and it includes assault on women and execution of people.

Here, it is about one Iraqi city Fallujah. ISIS (or ISIL) adopts similar cruel ways in other cities in territories under its control – whether fleeing or not - killing people at will - in the name of ethnic cleansing and religious wars - like it was done in the Holocaust - though at a much larger scale.

The only difference is - while the fleeing German forces tried to dispose of the incriminating evidence pushing them to commit even more crimes, the fleeing ISIS fighters brazenly carry out atrocities to film propaganda videos to flaunt their activities, to lure people further in the name of religion.

Featured Image Courtesy: Col. Steve Warren's tweet

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - 

Tuesday 22 December 2015


We may endlessly debate on 'lowering' or 'not lowering' the age of juvenile accused in heinous crimes (here we define them as murder, rape and arson) but we all would concur to this point - that unless and until our policymakers are forced by intense public pressure, they don't believe in doing something unorthodox - that they don't want to disturb the status-quo. 

And it takes a massive public expression of anger that 'disturbs' their ‘this’ attitude. 

As it happened in the case of passing amendments in the Juvenile Justice Act in the Parliament to promulgate a stricter law. 

Though we cannot say what the proposed amendments will achieve, something that is time (and tide) dependent, we can say it has been a logical step on a tedious journey that should have begun much earlier than December 16, 2012 when the Delhi gang rape took place. Rape and other criminal incidents against women had become social evils and horrible curses much before it in our patriarchal society. 

Rape and other crimes against women are a mindset problem and we cannot expect to control them by merely passing a law. 

It needs mindset change. 

And that requires time and consistency in efforts. 

Tougher laws like the one passed in the Rajya Sabha today or in the wake of the national outrage after the December 16 gang rape, the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 (or Nirbhaya Act), put into effect in April 2013, are vital reflections on how we are progressing. 

Such steps, whenever they arrive, irrespective of what they can or cannot do, give a sense of satisfaction that the society has advanced one step ahead in this mindset change battle. 

Because this is a tough battle to win - with loads of frustrating moments. 

This very case is a burning example. 

Somehow, our conscious was stirred to the level that the brutal gang rape of a paramedic student on December 16 in 2012 became precursor to a national outrage and global headlines. We can say the political attitude was not well received initially with brutal crackdown by the Delhi Police on protesters. But later on, intense public pressure and media scrutiny caused some sense to prevail and we saw the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act coming into force in just four months of the incident. 

And though politicians had promised a very swift, ‘within months judgement’ (some say even two or three months), the nation accepted the judgement delivered by the lower court in September 2013 – in the 10th month after the incident. 

A parallel track to this was the demand for comprehensive amendments in the Juvenile Justice Act because one of the accused, who was also the most brutal one, was a minor (17+ but not yet 18) and was sentenced to just three years in a correctional home. So while four others were sentenced to death (the main accused committed suicide in jail), the minor accused, who was most brutal in committing this crime, was just sentenced to three years and was to get his records expunged after his three years were over. 

After December 16 incident in 2016, we saw spurt in rapes and other crimes against women but it was basically because the heightened sense of insecurity and the increased access to information sources led more cases to be reported. We also saw a spurt in reporting of such heinous crimes by juveniles, especially in 16-18 age-group. 

So, this parallel track of demand for stricter laws for juveniles in 16-18 age-group was a legitimate one - apt for the senses prevailing in the society. And the demand never died down.

The 'unnecessarily delayed' Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015 that was passed today showed us that again. Our political class took three years after the December 2012 incident to pass the Bill and that too came after a trigger that again generated intense sentiment mobilization and could well herald a new mass movement if the Bill was delayed further. The Nirbhaya Act was promulgated in April 2013 but then politicians failed to reach on any conclusion on the Juvenile Justice Act for the next 30 months. 

The trigger this time obviously was the release of the minor rapist in the case who walked free on December 20 after completing his three years in a correctional home in Delhi. Public opinion had started galvanizing much before it with themed media campaigns. 

And the political class when saw this, it had no other option but to bow to the incoming public outrage. Yes, the fear of another massive public outrage forced them to pass the Bill this time with the 'juvenile convict release' trigger. What else can we say about their sensitivities and priorities again given the fact the Lok Sabha had passed the Bill in May 2015 but it took another six months for the Rajya Sabha to act on it. 

Passage of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015 is important for this reason - that will of public prevailed over the policymaking class. What qualitative changes this amendment can bring is something that only future will tell. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -

Monday 21 December 2015


Rapidly changing developments in Indian politics - coming in with a new, brazen attitude to follow your stuff and stick to your logics (even if the logics fall very well in the realm of senseless arguments or arguments that can never be proved)!

Welcome to the changed realpolitik of Indian politics with its new breed (or the latest addition) that is trying to capture the centre stage with rapid fire rounds in almost everything that comes across - the breed that sees a political opportunity in anything and everything - be it political or apolitical.

How will it affect the scene?

How will it affect the locales of the political landscape in India?

How will it affect the rules of the games politicians play in India?

Well, there are no visible answers as of yet.

It is too early, in fact, (too) premature to write who is going to prevail and who is going to concede.

It is too judgemental at this primitive stage to write that who will assimilate/incorporate changes and who will lead the way politics is exercised in this country.

It is too irrelevant at this juncture to look for any symbolism in the ongoing juggleries and manoeuvrings so far.

But if it is disturbing to watch the devaluation of values to a new low, analytically, it is interesting to see how it develops further and what elements it throws in and throws out in the process.

On one side there is this breed, with decades of experience that has fine-tuned their politics to the level that they do whatever they want to do – but at the same time, they also keep the space for fine prints in dealing with complex/crisis issues to subtly settle them. Though they talk of social parity, they believe in and follow elitism. 

Then there is this new class of entrants - with windfall gains in the very beginning. Bolstered by the unexpected foothold and 'unbelievable gains of apologies' (intentional or fake) they have gained in a span of just three years, they are out there to 'brazen' it out - to claim their political territory and to win over domains that have been preserves of others so far.

And there are bound to be struggles - struggles for survival - and it has already progressed to the final stages of its initiation with the Delhi assembly election results this year.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -

Saturday 19 December 2015


As it is reacting today – from leaders enjoying its top echelons to leaders living in the remote barracks of its cadres – even if the overall structure of the cadres of the grand old party of India is rapidly deteriorating!

And in doing so, they are failing miserably – in explaining that how ‘their over-the-top, hoarse cries about political vendetta in the National Herald case is not touching the realms of judicial sovereignty and how it is not about trying to drag judiciary into the ongoing political row’. 

Well, what is wrong in Subramanian Swamy or BJP pursuing the case? 

BJP and Congress are political adversaries and given the state of affairs of Indian politics of the day, anyone would grab the opportunity to score political mileage a mismanaged affair like National Herald throws. 

Congress would do the same if it would come across a similar opportunity. 

So, no grand opinionating, no innovative catchphrases, no sycophantic overtures can justify what the Congress is trying to do – through its leaders – through its spokespersons. 

In fact, the whole spectacle has put the Congress party in bad light – lost in a space where people can easily see through such designs.  

What remains clear is the fact that the Delhi High Court saw dubious designs in the whole ‘Associate Journals Limited-Young Indian-National Herald’ affair, even if on Subramanian Swamy’s plea and ordered Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders accused in the case to appear in the lower court (Patiala House Court, Delhi), rejecting their appeal. 

It is clear that people are not buying the charges of political vendetta in the case and are not going to buy it even in the future – apart from political grandstanding by few political outfits. They, in fact, clearly detest such political spectacles now. People can no longer be duped in the age of information access even if it sometimes creates chaos. 

That is probably the reason that some sense prevailed and we did not see all that ‘tamasha’ like marches, rallies, effigy burning and sloganeering and we did not see the ‘expected grand climax of the day with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi not applying for bail’. 

And anyway, the court proceedings lasted for some 10 minutes only granting bail to everyone rejecting Subramanian Swamy’s argument (of not granting bail), fixing the next date of hearing on 20th February 2016. No questions were asked; the court imposed no conditions for bails and asked just for personal sureties and guarantees. Same is expected to follow for Sam Pitroda who could not appear in the court due to health issues. 

So, it again flew in the face of the party. Congress clearly miscalculated and overreacted here. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -

Friday 18 December 2015




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The verbal war intensified today – as expected – throwing up catchphrases like ‘master of half-truth and beautiful lies’ and ‘diversionary tactics’ – and as expected – it is expected to run a hot spell for some more days.

But here is a wild thought – wild because this ‘normal reaction’ has become so rare in Indian politics – that now no one talks about it – in fact, the party that entered the political scene with a ‘promised intent’ to change all such practices fights till the very last to protect its offices – with an attitude ‘we are write, we will prevail, come what may’ – certainly an ominous proposition for democratic values.

Anyway, like happens – as the universal norms of the politics of probity demand – can Arun Jaitley resign till he clears all doubts/allegations requesting a probe into all allegations that have been levelled against him in the DDCA scam?

Agreed that such charges/allegations have been around there for quite some time now, so why the demand now?

Because their verbal display has never been so intense!

We need to accept that AAP has successfully shifted if not totally diverted/deflected the glare of CBI raid against Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary to the intense debates on ‘Arun Jaitley and the DDCA scam’.

And there are controversial elements – SFIO report, DDCA report and Delhi High Court report – with highly scathing comments – and even if Arun Jaitley is not named there, the politics of probity demands that he step down in the name of ‘collective responsibility’ and help actively in tightening the noose around real culprits.

But then, thinking about the ‘politics of probity’ in these days of muddied waters is again a wild thought! Isn’t it?

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -

Thursday 17 December 2015


Ironic but it is true – as clearly written as the fact that the Aam Aadmi Party government is all ‘clear’ to remain in office in Delhi till February 2020. 

Though its implications are as vague as the availability of political alternatives during any political election event in India! 

After 10 months in the political office, it is now well established that AAP is a ‘hit and run’ or ‘shoot and scoot’ party with only ‘misses’ to its credit – a confirmation to something that was so far considered experimental inexperience or acceptable lapse of an honest intent.

That is gone now. The AAP government in Delhi in its second tenure has overrode and overwritten any and every positive in this regard. 

We all now know, and know for good, that the party has always used this ‘hit and run’ as its strategy to score self-goals, to score political mileage, without considering values of political probity (and propriety) and without thinking about what will happen to the ‘cause of the politics of change’ – because they have failed miserably in proving their ‘grand allegations and charges on others’ so far – compounded with their rapid decline on ‘universal parameters of the politics of ethics’. 

They will be hoping to hit the bull’s-eye and open their account, at least now, with verbal volleys and press conferences (with borrowed documents) in their trade-mark (and jaded) ways to level allegations of corruption against Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister. The matter pertains to ‘massive’ corruption allegations in DDCA (Delhi & District Cricket Association). Arun Jatley was DDCA president from 1999 to 2013 and AAP, Congress, Kirti Azad, former cricketer and BJP MP, Bishen Singh Bedi, former cricketer and many others have alleged that ‘DDCA had become a ‘den of corruption’ while Jaitley was the topmost functionary of the body’. 

Well, the truth, if at all has to come out, will come with time and for now, it is indeed a grey area with loads of questions (and qualified suspicion) on AAP’s intentions that it is trying to defend Arvind Kejriwal’s Principal Secretary and is thus trying to deflect the course of intense debate around the issue. And to complicate the matter further, AAP doesn’t seem to have done its groundwork. Instead, it has taken help of documents on the DDCA scam that are already in the public domain while its response on allegations on Kejriwal’s PS has been nothing but a bunch of blatant ‘we are right, come what may’ statements. 

Especially in the context of AAP’s long history of ‘hit and run’ allegations! 

Like they always do with media outfits – their AAP bias and support for Narendra Modi. Based on its convenience and coverage on it, AAP has time and again alleged media outlets of targeting AAP by taking money from other political outfits – only to do blatant U-turns later. 

The farmer suicide episode during AAP’s ‘Jantar Mantar’ rally is again a slap in the face of the party. AAP blamed the Delhi Police for ‘not acting in time to prevent suicide of the farmer, Gajendra Singh, but later on Arvind Kejriwal apologised for continuing with his speech even after Gajendra Singh had died. 

Then there are ‘AAP allegations on Robert Vadra, Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra’s irrigation scam, his allegations against corporate houses and corporate scams, his allegations on Narendra Modi’s government in Gujarat and so on. 

And mind you (anyway, most already know) that the party has earned a ‘logical notoriety’ of oversimplifying matters for political mileage, levelling allegations while on the go, never bothering to go deeper to dig facts and never bothering to go in the courts to get them proved. 

But what once happened to be a strategic asset for the party with goals to achieve – to speak ferociously and consistently while pushing forward allegations of corruption in a matter - now looks like the party is ‘sounding phoney and is shouting over the top’ – and is trying to score political goals in every possible political development – with empty rhetoric, forgotten promises, forgotten values, unilateralism, authoritarianism and routine political sham – a rapid decline

And it all has reduced the most promising political entrant in India’s recent political history into a party that is self-obsessed and is not realizing that such spectacles by it are now seen as scoring self-goals only. 

Self-goals that are ultimately going to be its nemesis! 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -

Wednesday 16 December 2015


Obviously it is not about the strait but the bridge that covers it – and obviously it is again going to be on the ‘celluloid screen’. 

I may be wrong here in judging the prop in the scene but I would like to think I am right - that another movie scene has written the iconic 'Golden Gate Bridge' off - blowing it again - in fact annihilating it. 

And it happens time and again - be it an apocalyptic script or a theme or a simple larger than life thrilling adventure.

The thought came to my mind while watching trailer of 'X Men: Apocalypse'.

I think it was the Golden Gate Bridge that was shown to go down in the trailer and here we need to keep this in mind that in another 'X Men' film, i.e., 'X-Men: The Last Stand', we had seen some similar treatment with the bridge, though, with a moderate spectacle.

I have seen it so many times - and so have others - the 1937 bridge coming down with a big, thunderous blast, huge clouds of dust and smoke and lots of chutzpah in movies with apocalyptic times or movies that show the Golden Gate Bridge facing critical destruction of climactic scenes as it was in Godzilla.

And after this trailer, continuing this random thought, I think I will write a larger piece on the subject (:)) with some proper research. :)

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - 


CBI or Central Bureau of Investigation is India's 'premier' investigation agency - as is said/as it says - when we see it in the context of the reputation enjoyed by police and other crime investigation agencies. It is certainly better than them. In fact, all complicated case, which get hyped up or due public attention, are transferred to CBI sooner or later.

While writing this, the agency is handling over 10000 cases with many spread in many states and many cases have accused in thousands while the overall sanctioned strength of CBI is just around 4500.

But as CBI come under the jurisdiction of the ruling party, it has always been in use for its misuse or its use to settle political scores. Here are some of the most common tags used for the agency but the list is not the exhaustive one and suggestions are welcome.

'Misuse of CBI!' / 'CBI misuse!'

'CBI the caged parrot!'

'CBI a political tool!'

'CBI raids!' / 'CBI files case!' / 'Overworked CBI!'

'CBI under political pressure!'

'CBI under political pressure!'

'Political misuse of CBI!'

'Nation has lost faith in CBI'.

'CBI misuse by Congress government!'

'CBI misuse by BJP government!'

'Congress Bureau of Investigation!'

'BJP Bureau of Investigation!'

'CBI Autonomy!'

'CBI works independently!'

'CBI is an independent investigation agency.!'

'Liberate CBI from political interference!'

'CBI integrity!'

'CBI's political masters!'

'CBI serves political interests!'

'The government's puppet!'

'The caged parrot sings.!'

'The caged parrot gets wings.!'

'Would the caged parrot get wings to fly?!'

'CBI a caged parrot with many masters!'

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -