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.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016


It was again a thoughtful selection by the folks working in Facebook backrooms or some algorithm working on my account this morning, if I can say so, about picking up one of my memories that I chose to scribble on my Facebook wall some time ago.

Yesterday, it was about what I had written on counting trends - on May 16, 2014 - the counting day  - the counting day of the General Elections in 2014 - that BJP won comfortably (an unexpectedly, because a victory was in the air, but not with complete majority).

On a day when the 2016 assembly elections got over - on May 16, 2016 - with counting slated for May 19!

Today, it was again on a related issue - on the electoral behavior of Muslim voters.  

That was in 2014 - the year of the Narendra Modi wave. Two years later, the first real test is here.

The Narendra Modi wave is certainly in reels now. Even BJP has finally accepted this.

Muslims are even more polarized against BJP now. All the analytic opinions point to just one thing - that defeating BJP has become the primary objective of Muslim voters - and the miserable performance of Asaduddin Owaisi led AIMIM in Bihar polls is being seen as a testimony to that.  

Two factors that were attributed to the massive victory BJP got in 2014 are not going to work for BJP here - because assembly polls are localized, and affected more readily by caste and local issues  - and because of the rush of fringe voices ever since the BJP government came to the office.

The question is - can BJP achieve the Hindu vote polarization of 2014 - at least in Assam - the only state in this round of polls where BJP has some chance? Can the luck smile on it in other states, West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, especially in West Bengal and Kerala, states with sizeable Muslim population.

Certainly not!

And the question is - can BJP see a fractured Muslim vote again - like it happened in 2014 - helping the party electorally - something that it is hoping for in a state like Assam? -

Probably not!

Let's see what happens on May 19, 2016. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -