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.
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©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com/
Friday 23 October 2015
Thursday 22 October 2015
And so, rightly, the nation was hooked to it.
The Indian society is going through a deep distress these days and the widespread corruption eating into every wing of social sphere – including political, administration and business – is responsible for it.
And corruption afflicts Indian judiciary in the same way.
But it is equally true as well that Indian Judiciary, especially its top echelons, have proved out to be the only hope for the ordinary folks – and it has happened multiple times.
Many a times, judicial activism (or judicial machinery) has presented itself as the only option in a seemingly barren land infested with political contradictions, U-turns and insensitivities – at each level of social weaving.
And more importantly, and pleasing to ears of masses, courts have kept in check and controlled many controversial politicians and political diktats.
Politicians, a breed that is supposed to be the pillar of the most important institutions in a democracy – its legislative units – in every constituent of the Federation – has become synonymous with insensitivity and apathy in India.
And if it has become so, politicians need to think about it, because now is the time.
‘Now’ is the time because the electorate opting out for newcomers like Arvind Kejriwal or supporting anti-corruption and anti-administration movements in huge numbers tells people are desperate now – after being shown mirages and ‘plane doors’ since 1947.
People elect them because they have to. They are short of alternatives. Arvind Kejriwal and AAP, though proved futile experiments, were seen as an alternative.
It is this ‘common perception’ about politicians that made not even a leave rustle when the Constitution bench of the Supreme Court of India rejected the NJAC Bill basing its judgement on the premise that it would again introduce political interference in the judicial appointments process.
Politicians from legislatures have their own logics and the courts have their own. The debate on the ‘judicial appointments process’ is yet to precipitate and is wide open – though it may not see any spark in the immediate run – in the prevailing political circumstances.
Arun Jaitley expressed his ‘personal outrage’ on the Supreme Court’s verdict through a Facebook post. He has used some tough words, “Having stated this, the majority transgresses into an erroneous logic. – The Indian democracy cannot be a tyranny of the unelected and if the elected are undermined, democracy itself would be in danger. – The Supreme Court opinion is final. It is not infallible.”
Arun Jaitley is a senior lawyer, politician and minister and he has his own reasons to questions the NJAC verdict by the Supreme Court but he doesn’t need to go far to see the ‘reason’ why there were no pinning questions from activists, civil society organizations, columnists and even from the political class at large when the top court rejected the 99th Constitution Amendment and struck down the Bill to establish the ‘National Judicial Appointments Commission’.
It is in the same Facebook post only, though in a different context. He writes, “Politician bashing is the key to the judgement.” He further writes while explaining his reasoning, “..but to rubbish all other basic structures by referring to them as “politicians” and passing the judgement on a rationale that India’s democracy has to be saved from its elected representatives.”
Though Arun Jaitley has used terms like ‘politician bashing’ or the ‘statement’ above in the context of the Supreme Court’s NJAC verdict, the phenomenon is quite common among the masses. India is a land of countless public debates, propped up well by multitudes of ‘tea and paan’ stalls dotting every habitable inch of the country, public meetings and daily informal gatherings and ‘politics and politician bashing’ is the favourite theme at most of the places.
‘Politician bashing’ may or may not be behind the ‘rationale’ of the NJAC verdict by the Supreme Court but the ‘overall negative perception about the country’s political class’ was certainly the reason if the verdict didn’t see protests – and if politicians can, they need to think about this ‘negative image’ before anything.
Wednesday 21 October 2015
Well, I had not thought so sweepingly on this line even if I had already watched the movie multiple times, until the last night when I was reading about it.
The Wikipedia page on the movie had this ‘sweeping’ statement:
“The film has been critically acclaimed for depicting Jean-Paul Sartre’s ideas about existentialism more fully than any other contemporary movie.”
When I further dug in to find its originating source, I stumbled upon a web page of ‘Philosophy Now’ magazine with an article by some Alexander Hooke on the movie – but available only to subscribers beyond its initial few lines.
These lines are:
“Hope helps keep us alive and anticipating the next sunrise with joy rather than gloom. It enlivens projects and maintains focus. Hope is sustained by the confidence we have in our knowledge of the situation, although the possibility of being deceived, by others or ourselves, can undermine this confidence. Still, hope promises a time or place where things will be better, even if it seems we’re stuck in perpetual hell. Accounts through the millennia depict hell as a realm full of fascinating and ghastly demons, endless tortures, with Satan ruling with a fiery fist, and where hope is impossible.”
Yes, the movie is all about that – in fact a subtle depiction of – in most real and practical ways possible.
And I believe when it so rightly writes about ‘hope and hopes’ - even if we are well aware of limitations, the write-up will certainly have its own logics to discuss about ‘Existentialism’ in the movie, especially Sartre’s Existentialism.
Now, there are three characters central to the movie:
The one which presents before us a characterization epitomizing hope – believing in his existence and persevering to see it materialise, even if it means decades of focused job on something, to steal the day finally for him.
The next one is a sort of crusader of hope with faded charm, helping his friend in difficult times and giving him the means to sustain his ‘hope’ and at the same time, is resigned to his fate, is not sure of his identity.
The last one is like the first one, but in an audacious way, pinning his ‘hope’ on others’ shoulders – thinking of an existence for him and going all out to usurp it.
How do they play out their ‘existences’ and their ‘hopes’ in the movie? Let’s ‘watch’ the movie again.
Tuesday 20 October 2015
It is a sad old story now that Arvind Kejriwal, his political foray, his political party (AAP-Aam Aadmi Party) and his AAP government in Delhi, have been an absolute letdown from the ‘aspirational high’ of the ‘prospect of moral high they claimed to practice’.
He, his ministers, his MLAs and his ‘non-legislative’ party members have no qualms in presenting themselves as super VVIPs now – something that has been a political benchmark in India. They have even surpassed their political brethren in decorating themselves with ‘government positions (or positions on offer from the government)’ thus feeding on taxpayers’ money – freely and unaccountably.
Delhi is a small state, a half-state, a city state, but its largesse is ‘larger than life’ for this government of ‘common people’ that had claimed to be the ‘one-stop’ solution for ‘all woes of the common man’.
Instead, it is turning fast into a nightmare.
The AAP government in Delhi and the overall political culture besetting the party is like another ‘one-stop’ shop that plays with the electorate’s emotions/impulses to get its way in and which then forgets what it owes to the electorate for the rest of the tenure.
And why it hurts more in case of AAP?
Because we have more than enough bad reasons/negative developments to talk about it in its brief political history than any other political party of the day, especially when the party was trusted and entrusted by the electorate to fight the ‘prevailing political culture with multiple malaise’ – a political culture that is now AAP’s very own.
And continuing the ‘seemingly episodic endlessness’ here, he is again sharpening on his ‘pet demand’ of giving Delhi Police under him – amply magnified by the spate of unending law and order issues in the national capital – giving him thus the opportunity to hone his skills in his favourite pastime acts, i.e., targeting Narendra Modi, Union Government, Delhi’s L-G Najeeb Jung and Delhi Police – and not running and governing Delhi – that we all had so high hopes about. They will not take it, the deepening negative public opinion, but the acts like ‘over Rs. 500 crore publicity’ budget or dictatorial expulsion of many leaders from the party or the party’s frivolous stand on the Delhi’s Lokayukta would come back to haunt the party when it goes out to ask for votes again.
Two minor girls have been raped in Delhi and it is really, really worrying for all of us. Crimes against women and rape incidents across India are a blot on our national conscience and we need to desperately check the crisis, something where we have failed miserably so far.
But the irony is that we are forced to ‘not believe’ Arvind Kejriwal when he tweets asking the prime minister to ‘stop being stubborn and work with him’ and demanding again that ‘Delhi Police and Delhi’s Anti-Corruption Bureau’ be given under him.
Yes, the burden of incessant rape cases is unbearable but when Arvind Kejriwal politicises each and every development to further his own agenda, reacting contrary to the way he used to react, blaming Sheila Dikshit’s government for deteriorating law and order situation in Delhi, we cannot help the satirical ‘expression’ that naturally comes to our faces.