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.

Monday 19 January 2015


To maintain the track record of impressive victories that began with the Lok Sabha elections in May 2014 when BJP became the only party since 1984 to win complete majority on its own, BJP needs to win the Delhi assembly polls slated to be held on February 7.

After the spectacular show in the Lok Sabha polls, BJP won Haryana and Jharkhand assembly polls in equally remarkable feats and performed brilliantly in Maharashtra and Jammu & Kashmir. BJP has majority governments in Haryana and Jharkhand. Reversing the trend, it is now the senior partner of Shiv Sena in the Maharashtra government. And in Jammu & Kashmir, it is the second largest party in the hung assembly verdict.

And one streak has been clear all through this - it was the projection of Narendra Modi that helped BJP reach these heights of electoral achievements and political victories. BJP was projected to race ahead of others but was never seen achieving majority on its own. Even the BJP strategists had not thought so.

Narendra Modi was the BJP face in an electoral battle where the nearest rival prime-ministerial nominee was nowhere near to him in popularity. And he worked well to mobilize opinions on supporting factors like sky-high anti-incumbency against the UPA government and political corruption. He mapped the country with intensive campaigning and his influential oratory.

The Push that Narendra Modi and BJP got by the Lok Sabha verdict worked for the party in the four assembly polls and again Modi was the face of the party every time, in every state, and not the chief-ministerial nominees.

These five victories helped Modi become much larger than BJP. And to win Bihar, where elections are scheduled later this year and Uttar Pradesh in 2017, BJP needs Modi's charisma to work on, to let Modi remain larger than BJP, irrespective of the thoughts on its long-term projections.

BJP is in absolute minority in Rajya Sabha and to push its legislative agenda effectively, it needs bigger states like UP and Bihar with handsome victories, replicating what it did in the Lok Sabha polls winning around 90% of the LS seats in the two states. A thumping victory in these two states will make BJP much more stronger to claim political constituencies in other states, either on its own, or with new allies.

But going by the experiences of the three bypolls between the Lok Sabha polls and the Maharashtra and Haryana assembly polls, where BJP lost and lost spectacularly and had its allies taking on the leadership of BJP and questioning Modi on his 'waning' charisma, trying to nip BJP's ambitions of emerging as the major player in the Indian states in the bud, any loss in an assembly poll would have compounding effect. The final chapter in BJP-Shiv Sena split saga was written with these bypoll results in the background.

And if the state in question is Delhi, then this compounding effect is compounded even more.  BJP has been a strong force in Delhi. It formed the first state government in 1993. BJP is ruling Delhi now through the Lieutenant-Governor.

And Delhi is India's National Capital - with an educated, middle-class voter base that reacts more rationally - the votebank that Narendra Modi has been talking about.

Now, if Delhi voters reject Modi for Kejriwal, within a year of the grand show of the Lok Sabha polls, it will come as a severe blow.

It will send the message to the nation that Modi could not deliver where Modi had to be most effective, in Delhi, denting the Modi Factor, painting it in a dull hue.

And it is a real possibility, even BJP realizes it. Even a hung mandate would do the same for BJP. Arvind Kejriwal would be suitably positioned to form the government again then. It will be an electoral setback, symbolically much more potent than the bypoll losses.  

And BJP is trying to keep Narendra Modi away from such possibilities, away from the electoral calculations of the Delhi assembly polls 2015.

Crash landing Kiran Bedi in BJP when elections are just three weeks away may well be a part of this strategy.

But would it help, in case Arvind Kejriwal becomes the Delhi chief minister again, and that too with the allegations of being a deserter who kept Delhi without a government for a year derailing thus the development of Delhi?

Or is it a part of long-term thinking and larger strategy?

After all, with time, anti-incumbency is bound to build against the Modi led government. We have had some path-breaking ideas, some breakthrough policy statements and some honest looking changes in the overall governance process but the time is coming when questions would be posted on their delivery.

For delivery, Modi needs to focus in Delhi. And the process has to begin somewhere and Delhi's questionable prospects for BJP may be the beginning point.

After all, with passing time, and with anti-incumbency creeping in, Modi cannot be the face of the party in every state where polls are due. It needs the regional leaders, the states leaders, and Delhi could be the beginning of this exercise that needs to culminate with assembly polls in UP and Bihar.

And in both scenarios, the need to make the move would have acquired accentuated scales with ‘much less than expected turnout’ in the January 10 Abhinandan Rally, that was marketed in the name of Narendra Modi, launching BJP’s Delhi poll campaign – and – with Aam Aadmi Party’s ‘yet another successful hit and run smear campaign’ targeting Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay of ‘having nexus with the power distribution companies or discoms of Delhi’ and we all know that the power discoms of Delhi have amassed, over the years, good enough share of negative publicity.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -