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 25 May 2015


Given the state of political affairs and style of politics in the country, it is to continue. The Modi government will says it has done everything right and is well on the day to make an India it promised and its opponents will deny every such claim - on every pointer - in every sector - on each promise. After all, we don't talk of and expect ethics and substance in politics anymore.

Narendra Modi then and now, when he took over on May 26, 2014 and what the indices say now, when Modi is completing his maiden year in the office. The usual flavour of the season will be made of the following elements:

-- Major schemes of the Modi government - well, by any count, they are around 20, and could be even more - the most important part of the pro-people and anti-people debate

-- Land acquisition in the first year - an important aspect of the pro-farmer and anti-farmer debate - high on agenda after the land bill ordinance by the government

-- WPI and CPI trends - the monthly trends and the yearly performance - in May 2014 and now - will include debates on inflation, price rise and the state of economy

-- Riots in one year - yearly data of riots  - accordingly, religious controversies during Modi's first year in prime-ministerial office

-- Avoidable statements in one year - many by the BJP and the NDA leaders in last one year - surely a point where the government needs to work - the critics are expected to exploit the mileage

-- Black money measures - it was a big election promise and campaigning point for Narendra Modi and though the government has not been able to bring the stash back home so far, it does have cleared a law to regulate the menace

-- Cabinet size trend - maximum governance minimum government - size of Manmohan's cabinet - Modi's promise - and his cabinet now

-- Foreign policy - with a prime minister circling the world with 18 foreign tours in his first year - a way to look ahead based on the record so far - India's image does have improved - and so are the attacks of Modi's political opponents

-- How he dealt with Pakistan - he first invited SAARC leaders including Nawaj Sharif for his inauguration - then he cancelled India-Pakistan talks - it's an year of no ups and more downs in India-Pakistan ties

-- GDP in 2013-14 and GDP in 2014-15 - with contribution of each sector   

-- Sensex and Nifty then and now - the wealth created - the confidence in Indian economy

-- IIP trends - IIP of May 2014 Vs IIP now - recovery Vs status quo Vs fall

-- Rupee then and now - maintaining a downward trend these days - though is not attracting the intense debate

-- FDI-FII in the first year - what were the figures when Modi took over there level now

-- Foreign Reserve then and now - how much has it grown in an year since May 2014

-- Reforms in one year - reforms stuck in the last one year - Indian economy and therefore Indian society cannot advance unless its policymaking is reformed - an important facet is about the bills passed and stuck in the Parliament

-- Disinvestment then and now - part of the reform process - but not much on the front in spite of claims

-- What Varanasi got in Modi's maiden year - it is not just people in Modi's parliamentary constituency but even analysts and political opponents are keenly watching the concerned developments

So, in Modi's first year in the PMO, that he is completing tomorrow, as expected, there is much to talk about. And all of it has begun. And we are expected to hear more of them in coming days.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -