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, 31 January 2016
Saturday, 30 January 2016
And that is a major reason among some defining elements due to which India is still not among the most forward nations in the world – in spite of being the world’s largest democracy.
In fact, India’s independence, its partition and the birth of Pakistan in 1947 saw the worst Hindu-Muslim riots in India – unparalleled so far then – a massacre that remains unparalleled still.
And these riots that preceded and followed India’s independence and Pakistan’s birth tell why Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was revered as the ‘Mahatma’ or ‘Bapu’ – the ascetic, the sage, the father figure.
Yes, there are varying accounts and there are historical records and claims about what happened to the Hindu-Muslim riots, especially the most heinous of them in Noakhali in Bengal where the Mahatma camped for around four months touring villages to calm down tempers.
We know, on the whole, the warring factions, that then included the whole population of an aspiring Pakistan and an equally sizeable chunk in India could never be reconciled and one nation became two and ultimately three in 1971.
But one fact is indisputable clear – that – the Mahatma did calm down the tempers there. Yes, he could not bring the warring factions to the final solution of reconciliation but he stopped something that could easily have become one of the worst human massacres in the history of civilizations.
And we know that is a rare feat – in fact an unparalleled sentiment he commanded. Hindu-Muslim riots have continued even in the independent India – but right from its beginnings in the medieval India – there never was a person like the Mahatma who could stand among those ready to kill and be killed to ask them to stop and in fact convinced them to do so. And there will no else like him in that sense we can say. Yes, he was the Mahatma who did this unthinkable job because history again tells us that the people blinded by faith refuse to listen to anyone.
These are difficult times. Bapu was questioned even then. But now is the time when history is being worked upon. Ideologies are clashing. And we need our Mahatma – his thoughts, his teachings, his vision, and the spirit that he embodied. India, in fact, always needed it. And now is the time when the need is desperate. Now is the time when we need to reach out to say yes he was the Mahatma who set us on the path to independence and the best tribute to him would be to be make an India where we all would be ‘really free souls’.
October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com
Friday, 29 January 2016
Thursday, 28 January 2016
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Monday, 25 January 2016
Yes, it was once. Not anymore.
And it has nothing to do with me. I still feel about the same way - the feelings that started taking me away from the event - first some valid questions - then a valid dislike - and then a sense that the event doesn't figure in my calendar.
Jaipur Literature Festival is an event which saw meteoric rise and then a meteoric fall - all in a span of few years only.
What makes this trend remarkable development, a must-study case study, is that it started with marketing itself as a 'literature' event - but then rapidly degraded.
Well after 10 odd years, it is now established well beyond doubt that though it is a grand event - it is an event without literature's soul and the descent has been rapid.
To cater to the marketing forces, the organisers have compromised its literary quotient.
Now it is just another routine marketing event and the kind of media neglect that it is getting is 'informative/symptomatic' of that.
Sunday, 24 January 2016
Saturday, 23 January 2016
Friday, 22 January 2016
Thursday, 21 January 2016
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com/