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.

Friday, 24 October 2014

DIWALI LIGHTS AND COLOURS

PHOTOGRAPHY

Lights: Colourful. Jovial. Meaningful. Social.
Colours: Dazzling. Thoughtful. Delightful. Inviting.
Diwali: The Spread of Light. The Reach of Colours.
Diwali: The Spiritual Symbolism of Light.
 Diwali: The Situational Pragmatism of Colours.
Diwali: When the Brightest Hour Comes of the Darkest Day.
Lights and Colours of Diwali: 
Let There Be Light. Let There Be Colours in Life. For All.


DIWALI LIGHTS AND COLOURS

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com/ 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

MAHARASHTRA ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2014: WHY SHIV SENA IS THE BIGGEST LOSER

Out of NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena, the biggest setback goes to Shiv Sena. It is the biggest loser in spite of registering growth, in seats and in vote share.

Many in the party would be rightly thinking, that just for 5 seats, they lost the 'senior ally' in Maharashtra tag, and that too, by a huge margin. Yes, they are the second largest party in Maharashtra assembly but their 63 seats are nowhere near to BJP's 122 seats, given the fact that BJP had been the junior partner of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and was ready to do so even this time, agreeing to contest on lesser number of seats than Shiv Sena in the failed seat-sharing talks.

And BJP had reasons and rights to ask for so, because it was not too outrageous a demand. It had performed exceedingly well in the Lok Sabha elections cornering maximum number of Lok Sabha seats from Maharashtra that sends 48 members to the parliament.

In 2014 LS polls, BJP had won 23 seats with 27% vote share while Shiv Sena had 18 seats with 21% vote share. It was a considerable improvement for both. BJP had taken up its tally from 9 LS seats and 19% vote share in 2009 to 23 seats in 2014. Shiv Sena also did very well taking up its tally from 10 seats to 18 seats with 17% vote share in 2009.

But Shiv Sena's performance was not at par with its junior ally of the past, when seen in comparison with BJP's rising graph in the state, when it had to be surpassing what BJP achieved. Even in 2009 assembly polls, the junior partner of the alliance had won two seats more (46) than Shiv Sena's 44 seats. And when it simply outperformed everyone in the Lok Sabha polls registering 8% increase in vote share and over 150% increase in seats, it was right to expect for more.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

FACTORS AT PLAY IN MAHARASHTRA AND HARYANA: ANTI-INCUMBENCY

RELATED POSTS: 
MAHARASHTRA AND HARYANA VERDICTS AND MODI WAVE*
FACTORS AT PLAY IN MAHARASHTRA AND HARYANA: RULING PARTY/ALLIANCE CORRUPTION**

The discontent was telling. And it was the 'most' popular sentiment in the just concluded elections.

In Maharashtra, the ruling NCP-Congress combine was in government for 15 years, the last three terms. And like the political dispensation has been in India so far, even if it bring some development, it is riddled with corruption and allegations of corruption, as we saw in case of Sheila Dikshit's government in Delhi. Sheila was Delhi's chief minister for three terms, for 15 years.

Her government's track record on development was good, but was not free of corruption. And as the terms went on, from five years, to ten years, to fifteen years, the governance got riddled with more and more allegations of mammoth levels of corruption. Yes, the Delhi that we see today, that can claim substantial development during her terms, kept on oiling the wheels of corruption as well, that put even her under the scanner.

And Maharashtra could not claim even of this front - development (with corruption).

Coupled with political arrogance and insensitivity reflecting in political statements on issues of social relevance, the lack of development or rather the lack of balanced development created heaps of anti-incumbency against the ruling coalition government.

Then there were 'popular' measures adding to the anti-incumbency, the discontent, like verbose talks even if Vidarbha farm suicides continued unabated, like a chief minister on a Taj Hotel tour with a filmmaker just after the 26/11 terror strike, like the continued Maratha Vs Non-Maratha rants, like the consistently bad show of vital social indicators, like the Maratha reservation card and so on. The list seems pretty long.

The discontent had brewed to its full 'ripeness'.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

अश्रुओं में आये हुए इंद्रधनुष से..

शांति के रंग नेत्रों में 
अश्रुओं में आये हुए इंद्रधनुष से 
आकर आज थम गए हैं 
सोचते हुए अब तक के जीवन पर 
बातें करते हुए मानस से 
आत्मा के सामंजस्य में 
स्मृतियों का ये स्पंदन नवीन है 
इनका विस्तार कहता है  
सीखते रहना और चलते जाना 
जीवन की कठिनाइयों के साथ 
और संताप को जीते जाने की 
की निरंतरता के साथ 
अश्रुओं में आया इन्द्रधनुष कहता है 
धैर्य रखना और चलते जाना 
स्वार्थी सरोकारों से होते हुए 
उदासीन कोनों में रहते हुए 
और स्वयं को पुनः पा लेना 
उस जीवन पथ पर 
जो छल के आवरण में 
कहीं लुप्त हो गया था 
ये आनंद के अश्रु कहते हैं नेत्रों से 
समय अब आ गया है 
अब और विलाप नहीं..


शांति के रंग नेत्रों में, अश्रुओं में आये हुए इंद्रधनुष से, आकर आज थम गए हैं 
सोचते हुए अब तक के जीवन पर, बातें करते हुए मानस से, आत्मा के सामंजस्य में 
स्मृतियों का ये स्पंदन नवीन है, इनका विस्तार कहता है, सीखते रहना और चलते जाना 
जीवन की कठिनाइयों के साथ, और संताप को जीते जाने की की निरंतरता के साथ 
धैर्य रखना और चलते जाना, स्वार्थी सरोकारों से होते हुए, उदासीन कोनों में रहते हुए 
और स्वयं को पुनः पा लेना, उस जीवन पथ पर जो छल के आवरण में कहीं लुप्त हो गया था 
ये आनंद के अश्रु कहते हैं नेत्रों से, समय अब आ गया है, अब और विलाप नहीं

अश्रुओं में आये हुए इंद्रधनुष से..

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com/ 

Monday, 20 October 2014

FACTORS AT PLAY IN MAHARASHTRA AND HARYANA: RULING PARTY/ALLIANCE CORRUPTION

Though NCP has announced unconditional outside support to BJP for forming the government in Maharashtra, when Narendra Modi addressed NCP as 'naturally corrupt party' during campaigning in the run-up to the assembly polls, it was not without reasons.

Many high level politicians from NCP and Congress have been facing allegations of corruption and many had to resign. The list includes chief minister and deputy chief minister besides many other ministers and politicians.

The nation cannot easily forget the 'forced resignation', a hastily brought whitepaper to declare Ajit Pawar clean in the irrigation scam and his 'reinstatement'. It was all in bad taste.

And the 15 years of NCP-Congress combine rule had no dearth of such newsmaking headlines going deep on follow-ups.

Every year, if thousands of farmers are forced to commit suicide, in a so-called prosperous and industrialized state, Maharashtra, and if the state sees huge scams like the irrigation scam worth 70,000 crore, nothing but political corruption is to be blamed.

Similar was the case in Haryana.

A chief minister belonging to the main opposition party was out on bail sighting health reasons.  He was jailed after found guilty in a recruitment scam. He misused the terms of his bail to campaign in the polls and was sent again to jail by the high court.

The last chief minister was alleged of mammoth scales of corruption, though nothing proved yet. Family biases and nepotism ran deep in Haryana. And it is not always necessary that court verdicts drive the sentiments. In electoral politics, it is all about perceptions and the perception that corruption was running deep in Haryana had made deeper inroads in the psyche. 

The nation cannot easily forget the largesse shown to Robert Vadra and the witch-hunting against an honest official, Ahok Khema, for taking on Robert Vadra because he found his case violating norms.  The Hooda government went out of the way in clearing the deal for Vadra the nation saw it. And the nation also saw how defiantly the previous chief minister defended his acts perceived to be wrong and corrupt by the common man, the common man who sent him packing in the just concluded elections.

Allegations of widespread corruption and nepotism in Haryana civil services are a regular feature to decorate the news headlines. Then there were case studies like Gopal Goyal Kanda.  

And the electors were watching, in Maharashtra and Haryana, waiting for a chance, that they saw in promises of Narendra Modi, to bring the politics of development back on track, and to deal with political corruption. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com

TWO OCTOBER 19 SUNDAYS: ARROGANT RAJ THACKERAY OF 2008 TO HUMBLED RAJ THACKERAY OF 2014

October 19, 2008, Sunday - Raj Thackeray was blamed for inciting the mob  of his partymen. He had been crying loud and talking provocative against the people he considered 'outsiders' in Maharashtra who had become parasitic on Marathi Manoos.

North Indian students in Mumbai to take a Railways recruitment exam were targeted and beaten by the members of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) led by Raj Thackeray. It was one of the most ghastly acts of political 'goondaism' unleashed by MNS and its 'political' hooligans. Means of public transport including trains were hit hard. Raj Thackeray was shouting and sloganeering, from over the top. His brandishing of the 'Marathi Manoos' sword was getting harsher and harsher. And it was not just in Mumbai. The goons were operationalized in areas where MNS had impact and where MNS had wanted to create a constituency of its own exploiting the Marathi sentiments of the Marathi votebank. The arrogance and disregard to the democratic values were reeking.

October 19, 2014, Sunday - No one was  where Raj Thackeray was. It could not be said with 'a degree of newsworthiness' if he was sought at all yesterday, or even today.

Yes, he was making for headlines with his anti-North Indian rant while campaigning for the Maharashtra assembly polls. His interviews were carried where he spoke in his trademark ways that we had been watching since his separate advent on Maharashtra political scene after leaving his uncle Bal Thackeray and Shiv Sena he wanted to head after the senior Thackeray. His sky-high ego was brought down in a grand way yesterday when his 'style of politics' was rejected by the voters and his party was crushed mercilessly by the electorate. It was just yesterday when Raj Thackeray was being discussed as a possible kingmaker in Maharashtra politics. And today, he is staring at total annihilation of his political life with his party shrunk to just one assembly seat and a vote share of just 3%, down from 13 seats and around 12% voter share in 2009.

From an October Sunday in 2008 to an October Sunday of 2014 - on 19th of October - ironies of day, date and fate - that have forced Raj Thackeray to hide behind his shattered arrogance, the shield of which is already fragmented.

Raj Thackeray may not be able to hide in his own layer with such a fragmented shield of humiliated arrogance, but no one is seeking him either, at the moment, not even his Marathi Manoos, who played a significant role in hunting and humbling him down. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com

Sunday, 19 October 2014

MAHARASHTRA AND HARYANA VERDICTS AND MODI WAVE

Narendra Modi didn't campaign (or intensively campaigned) in the bye-elections held after BJP's high voltage performance in the Lok Sabha election 2014 that made it the first party to get majority on its own after 1985.

And BJP languished in these bye-elections - first in Uttarakhand, then in four states including Bihar, and then in 9 states including Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and West Bengal.

The negative talking points against BJP's performance simply outnumbered  the few positives that it gained in these bye-elections with the later two important bypolls seen and analysed as 'acid test' or 'semi final' or 'test of the Modi Wave' before the upcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand.

And BJP failed in these 'semi-final' sort of tests. Bypoll verdicts gave voices to everyone. Congress, JDU, Samajwadi Party, RJD, Shiv Sena, and other parties and the leaders of these outfits. They took on BJP with their customized reasons.

But the undercurrent was - assembly polls were different than parliamentary elections and BJP needed its allies. And the favourite talking point of the opponents was - Modi Wave was receding or had gone away, especially after poor show in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar bypolls.

But did Narendra Modi and the Modi Wave fail?

No. The Maharashtra and Haryana poll verdicts say so.

MAJOR TAKEAWAYS FROM MAHARASHTRA AND HARYANA ELECTION VERDICTS

Factors at play: Huge anti-incumbency + Ruling Party/Alliance Corruption + Modi Wave/Modi Factor + Promises of Developmental Politics.

Narendra Modi didn't campaign in bypolls: BJP languished. Modi campaigned extensively in assembly polls, inviting sarcastic remarks from his opponents and allies that he should have stayed focused on delivering in Delhi: BJP registers historic victories in Harayana and Maharashtra. It re-establishes the Modi Wave discourse as the central theme of political analyses on upcoming elections, Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand.

Maharashtra verdict: It was also about realignment of political affiliations and alliances in Maharashtra with new realities and changed circumstances and BJP has emerged as the clear winner. Parties contesting on their own to realize their political grounds - it had become politically imperative after decades of fighting together in alliances. It was to happen, sooner or later. But no Pankaja Munde or anyone like her, with being the daughter or son of a top politician as the only qualification, as the claimant of chief minister's chair please. In absence of an acceptable face to all, BJP may decide on Nitin Gadkari.

Out of NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena, the biggest setback goes to Shiv Sena. It is the biggest loser in spite of registering growth, in seats and in vote share. Many in the party would be rightly thinking now, that just for 5 seats, they lost the 'senior ally' in Maharashtra tag, and that too, by a huge margin. Yes, they are the second largest party in Maharashtra assembly but their 63 seats are nowhere near to BJP's 122 seats, given the fact that BJP had been acting as the junior partner of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and was ready to do so even this time, agreeing to contest on lesser number of seats than Shiv Sena in the failed seat-sharing talks.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

के कोई मलाल ना रह जाए..

मैं नहीं जाता अब उस जगह 
फिर भी वहां की दरकती हुई दीवारें दिखाई देती हैं
और गिरती ईंटें अभी भी चोट पहुंचाती हैं
हर बार, किसी ताजा घाव की तरह
जैसे कोई बेरहम रंजिश अपना बदला मांग रही हो
मैं नहीं जाता अब वहां
पर पाता हूँ अपने ख्यालों को भटकता हुआ
उस अनजान हो चले दायरे में
कोशिश करता हूँ की दूर जा पाऊं
और महसूस ना करूँ ये भटकाव बार बार
पर शायद, इन ख्यालों की रूह चाहती है के
कोई मलाल ना रह जाए..


के कोई मलाल ना रह जाए.. 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com

Friday, 17 October 2014

THE RAINBOW IN TEARS

The rainbow in tears,
With colours of peace, 
In a pair of wet eyes,
Reflecting on so far, 
Speaking up the mind,
In harmony with soul
The learning, 
With odds of life to meet, 
The poise of living the pain,
Surviving,
Through the selfish corners, 
Breathing the indifference,
Earning the salvage, 
To be on the journey,
Lost in chaos of duplicity
Tears of joy tell the eyes,
Now is the time,
Have no more cries..


“The rainbow in tears with colours of peace in a pair of wet eyes
Reflecting on so far, speaking up the mind in harmony with soul
The learning with odds of life to meet the poise of living the pain
Surviving through the selfish corners, breathing the indifference
Earning the salvage to be on the journey lost in chaos of duplicity
The tears of joy tell the eyes, now is the time, have no more cries”

THE RAINBOW IN TEARS

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com/