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.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

..THAT IS OUR ELDERS, AND WHAT ARE WE DOING TO THEM?

October 1: International Day of Older Persons

They are supposed to be having greener days after raising a family and giving family members a life of their own.

Different societies and cultures have different set of values, societies dominated by joint families, societies dominated by nuclear family, societies in transition with breaking families and societies becoming more and more individualized must have one thing in common, the responsibility to give comfortable days to our senior citizens, our elders.

That is an idealist statement. It is like what it should be.

And it is not like it.

Here in India, in our societies, with eroding (or changing) value systems, the insecurity to the lives of our elders is becoming a big epidemic that we are not able to assess so far, or we are conveniently pushing it to not be heard, because those who have to asses it are too busy in assessing and working on their own lives.

Mother Teresa had spoken way back in 1979 during her Peace Nobel lecture about this poverty that was besetting out society.

A poverty that makes every other possession immaterial, emptying people of the will to live further, but not to die either, to pass the days, and not living them, to look for the vain hope that someday the burden of poverty will reduce and will subsequently ease, that someday someone will come and say, see, I have come here to repent, to give you what is rightfully yours, to take the pledge that I will try honestly to compensate for what I have done, what I have taken away from you, because what I have done can never be undone, and they will embrace the offer, with an unsurpassed joy, as if something had never happened.

That is our elders. That has been their lives all across, in all our societies that make for the pluralistic Indian society, always giving, expecting nothing, but an emotional shelter in the prime of their lives. They give us all, even their lives, for the lovable words that they believe are there to care for them, to be attentive to them.

And what we are doing, the products of an over-competitive environment, pushing to the edges of extreme selfishness, where we don't see or refuse to see beyond our individual lives.

We are creating a value set, we are becoming the parts of a system, that is fast eroding and humiliating what has been the base of our lives, for ages, since the known history of the Indian civilization. 

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

CLEAN INDIA: BROOM, BROOM, O DEAR BROOM

Broom, broom, O dear broom! 
After Kejriwal, you get into Modi's room!
And it's all so rapidly done, all set to vroom! 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intentions are beyond doubt but what about his ministers and the bureaucratic Janata (public) overall? 

The folks are wielding brooms before cameras, posing for portfolio style snapshots and uploading them on social media platforms while cleaning the 'cleanliness', where finding dirt/garbage/litter will be a time-taking task. 

Ravishankar Prasad, Smriti Irani, Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Dr. Jeetendra Singh (all others following and to follow as well), they all could not find a 'definitive' littered spot while posing with their brooms - now, even Prime Minister Modi would not believe it, that in Delhi, in India, his dear ministers could not find a place with some real garbage that needed some real cleaning. 

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan - a good intent, a good mission, but such acts not only defy the purpose, they make things look cacophonous, sounding like a clear sham.  

There are reports saying Modi will walk 4 Kms while launching the Mission tomorrow, and it will force many of his ministers and bureaucrats to walk. 

And going by Modi's record, it can have substantive act on the ground, in real terms. 

What would these folks do then? 

:) 

Spot dirt! Spot Garbage! Where is the litter? (..in these photographs..) 
(Photographs sourced from the Internet) 



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

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

MODI @ MADISON SQUARE GARDEN: WHAT MADE P.F. FOUL SO MISERABLY?

What made The Economist's (TE) P.F., or Patric Foulis, the 'supposed author of the TE blog 'I give you Narendra Modi'* foul so Miserably?

Who made make understand that by doing so he has exposed himself only?

 This racist article dents his and TE's journalistic credentials only.

The article, written in poor taste, and with dominant elements of bias, reflects nothing but a personal grudge.

Did Narendra Modi deny his requests for interview when he was in India on his professional assignment?

Tweets from his Twitter handle @PatrickFoulis during Modi's Madison Square Garden event only corroborate it.

Here are the gems that reflect on the skewed wisdom.

An authentically Indian mass scrum follows Modi ' exit from Madison Sq Gardens.
Patrick Foulis @PatrickFoulis  ·  Sep 28

SEPTEMBER 30 AND RUMI AND TRUMAN CAPOTE AND ELIE WIESEL

It's a great day today for the fans of literature and certainly a moment to rejoice its legacy for someone who has varied interests for his reading portfolio, from non-fiction to fiction, from strategic world affairs to spiritual affairs, from electoral analyses to poetry, from humanity to beyond humankind.

September 30 marks the birth anniversaries of three literary Greats from different circumstances and 'genres' of life that made what they are known as. One is from the 13th Century. Two are from the 20th Century. And one of them is still alive.

Rumi or Jalal ad-Dīn Muhammad Rumi, born in a family of eminent jurists, the 13th Century Persian poet’s popularity has cultivated a worldwide following and his work is being translated in more and more languages in the contemporary times. Wikipedia, quoting different sources writes that "he has been described as the most popular poet in America and the best selling poet in the US", in a land far away from his birthplace in present day Tajikistan or Afghanistan or from his final resting place in present day Turkey. Much of the classical Iranian and Afghan music is said to be influenced by the Sufi Mystic's poetry.  

September 30, 2017 - December 17, 1273

Truman Capote: I was aware of Truman Capote and had a brief outline of his work, but never intended to or thought of giving more attention, until Philip Seymour Hoffman's 'Capote' happened in 2005. For me, it took the genius in Hoffman to introduce me to the literary genius of Capote. Hoffman played Capote in the biographical drama based on ‘In Cold Blood’, a non-fiction crime novel as Capote described it, a work that made Capote the most famous author of his time in America. His troubled childhood proved out to be the formative period of his literary career.

September 30, 1924 - August 25, 1984

Elie Wiesel’s ‘Night’ came to me as a soul-stirring experience. Before it, I was largely focused on documentaries, visual media, news reports and studies on Holocaust to know more about the largest pogrom of modern human history, to feel its pain, to realize its message. But the experience after ‘Night’ transcended all and made the Holocaust memoirs the major part of my Holocaust reading, of the past, as well as the ongoing ones. The sudden change, from the peaceful childhood days to a life of utter debasement, where there were no children, no adults, no males, or no females, just living human corpses, waiting to be gassed and burned, in a matter of a few weeks, brings tears that don’t stop. The 1986 Peace Nobel Laureate is still with us. His life and work remind how debased the humankind can become and how resilient the humanity can come out to be.

September 30, 1928   

Photographs sourced from the Internet 

It is indeed a day to look back on works of these literary Greats to express gratitude for staying with us, for enlightening us, for empowering us, for giving us peace, for giving us joy, for giving us the precious moments to reflect on.

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

Monday, 29 September 2014

MAHARASHTRA POLLS: BJP RETAINS RPI(A) EYEING DALIT VOTE SPLIT

As the two main political alliances forming the broad spectrum of the state politics in Maharashtra got over, with NCP quitting the senior partner Congress and BJP walking out of the Combine with Shiv Sena, the rush was to forge new alliances, to retain smaller allies, to find new allies.

Congress immediately announced Samajwadi Party coming on board with it, but a day later we came to know it was a premature announcement.

The BJP-Shiv Sena split saw increased bonhomie between Raj Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray but there is no definitive word on the political rivals from the Thackeray family coming together.

BJP retained three of the four smaller parties of the Mahayuti, the grand alliance that contested the Lok Sabha elections, Raju Shetti's Swabhimani Paksh, Mahadev Jankar's Rashtriya Samaj Party and Vinayak Mete's Shiv Sangram. These small parties carry significant electoral weight in different regional pockets of Maharashtra.

But RPI(A)'s stand was not clear. Both, Shiv Sena and BJP, were trying to woo Ramdas Athavale given the significant chunk of Dalit votes in the state.

SMART CITIES TO COME: THE NEED BEFORE THAT

Smart cities are to come into existence, or into functional mode, or into the operational domain from the public psyche of the Indians.

Now the need before that is to educate the Janata (or the Indian public) about 'whats n hows' of a smart city:

 What is a smart city?

What are its characteristics?

What will happen to the people in a smart city who are not smart (or not smart enough)?

Are the people equipped enough to have what it takes to be the residents of a smart city?

How can they change and acclimatize?

What if a smart city doesn't find smart users or conscious adherents, what will be the corrective measures/alternatives then?

Sunday, 28 September 2014

XI JINPING'S INDIA VISIT & CHUMAR STANDOFF: THANKFULLY, THE INDUCED BONHOMIE WORKED

India China bonhomie was in the air. It was in full throttle when the Chinese President was here earlier this month. And had a natural downslide after the visit. Even during the visit, yet another standoff on yet another Chinese incursion in Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir, was in full swing.

So, if the Indian hospitality in making the Chinese President Xi Jinping feel at home will be remembered, it will also be remembered for the cultural elements that enveloped the bilateral tension under the wrap of  a makeshift bonhomie.

So, if it was 10%, the wrap of the cultural bonhomie made it 50%. The personal touch of Narendra Modi and the Gujarat element took it to 75% (Xi landed in Gujarat to begin his India visit). And the rest was done by the media, making it complete, taking it to the absolute figure of 100%, so much so that long discussions were held out on the possible (say proposed) $100 Billion Chinese investment in India.

No one can say from where this $100 Billion investment figure cropped up which was nowhere near to the actual $30 Billion that Chinese President agreed on while leaving the country.

The two Asian nations and neighbours fought a war in 1962 and there have been very little in the name of diplomatic ties and high-level bilateral efforts. The general perception about political and public sentiments has been of hostility, bilaterally. India has had an all-weather ally in Japan, China’s historical adversary. And China has done all to prop Pakistan against India, India's backstabbing neighbour.

MODI AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN: A PROUD INDIAN MOMENT EXCEPT..

It is true the kind of overseas following Narendra Modi has cultivated has been unmatched for any contemporary Indian leader.

And he has done it meticulously and consciously. The strong Indian Diaspora in many developed countries and a large Gujarati Diaspora in the US has been an added benefit to him, a Diaspora that has always been one of the major stakeholders of his 'Gujarati Identity and Pride' campaign. And that is what is being reflected in Indians giving him a rockstar sort of welcome at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City while writing this. And it is a moment for every Indian to feel proud, especially after the highly successful Central Park event earlier in the day where Narendra Modi addressed a gathering of almost 60000, most of them being American students.

But that doesn't give anyone to go unhinged, to attack or abuse someone.

A senior Indian journalist was abused and assaulted by a person from a group of people gathered outside the Madison Square Garden to welcome Mr. Modi. It was caught on camera and the world saw it. It was certainly in bad taste and a very bad publicity in the name of the Indian ethos, if we see it in the context of the understated and biased reporting in the Western (and the US media) on Modi's US visit.  

No Indian including our prime minister would ever want to see such spectacles being created on a foreign land.

it is utterly condemnable, especially after the UNGA speech by the prime minister that emphasized on Indian philosophy, culture and talked of establishing and celebrating an International Yoga Day.

This is not at all about the Indian tradition of brotherhood and solidarity.  

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

Saturday, 27 September 2014

NARENDRA MODI’S MAIDEN UNGA SPEECH HIGHLIGHTS

Time 31 MINUTES - (IST) – 8:20-8:51 PM

#ModiAtUN - So, Mr. Modi has been invited, and it begins, as expected, in Hindi

#ModiAtUN - India is in transition phase - highlighting the country’s philosophy and it's cultural, historical and ideological legacy

#ModiAtUN - India's 'the world as one family' philosophy – India stands for peace and prosperity in the world

#ModiAtUN – Strong faith in multilateralism – the world is witnessing strengthening democratic wave in Asia and Africa

#ModiAtUN – India-Pakistan - I extended friendly hand to Pakistan after coming to the power – I would prefer bilateral talks - in a free atmosphere that Pakistan must create without any conditions – his works imply the futility of raising the Kashmir issue at platforms like the UNGA

#ModiAtUN – Narendra Modi has come in his natural flow - let's see how long, beyond the stipulated time, he takes it to

#ModiAtUN – India-Pakistan talks - onus is on Pakistan for creating peaceful, terror free atmosphere for talks – willing to engage in serious bilateral talks

#ModiAtUN - Why so many G-groups in spite of the UN? Why can’t we move to G-All? Even India is member of such groups - introspection on UN's role in world affairs in the prevailing circumstances  

#ModiAtUN - A country or a group of countries can't dictate the world affairs and the world order anymore

#ModiAtUN - 20th century institutions in the 21st century - need for change and adaptability – what was then, needs to look back at to incorporate changes to work ahead

#ModiAtUN - Countries sponsoring terrorism, harbouring terrorists – unacceptable concepts like good terror and bad terror – takes on the Western world  

#ModiAtUN - United front against terror is the contemporary global need

#ModiAtUN – The development works need to have the spread across the world - like Facebook, Twitter spread - we need to think in those terms

#ModiAtUN - India is ready to share its skills and technology for development of the humankind - emphasises on the culture of embedded nature conservation

#ModiAtUN – Indian legacy of Yoga and its influence on living and life – says let's have an International Yoga Day – says let's begin work on it

#ModiAtUN - The UN will be 70 next year – we need to observe this year to deliberate and discuss - on past - for future - for the UN reforms - at in 70th milestone in 2015

#ModiAtUN - Modi winds up his maiden UNGA speech emphasising on the need for the UN reforms including the UN Security Council reforms - India's membership to the Council is a natural requirement in the prevailing geopolitical circumstances 

#ModiAtUN – Narendra Modi took almost 30-31 minutesfor the UNGA speech – spoke some from written, some was extempore

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

JAYALALITHAA CONVICTED IN DA CASE: AS EXPECTED, TEARS ARE OUTPOURING! (SPILLING OVER)!

The flow becomes copious and tries to stuff in as many points of the loyalty bonus as possible when the camera pans towards them!

Jayalalithaa, the ‘immensely’ popular Tamil Nadu chief minister, who rode back to the corridors of power in 2011, and repeated her electoral success in Lok Sabha elections this year, almost wiping out the main political opposition party in the state, the DMK, has been convicted in a DA case (or the disproportionate assets case –a term brought in vogue by the deeds of the Indian politicians facing corruption charges).

She was convicted today by a judge of a Special Court hearing her case in Bangalore, out of Tamil Nadu, on a plea, after she took over the reins of the state. She was convicted today in yet another corruption case, by a trial court, after 18 long years. Yes, like in the past, she can expect to walk out free from the higher courts, but that comes later.

And unlike in the past, she cannot remain the chief minister now, given a recent landmark Supreme Court order, that imposes the restrictions immediately after the ‘being guilty’ verdict is announced.  

So, after 18 years - 18 long years, she is facing the jail term again, and see, who is celebrating in Tamil Nadu, another political family facing charges and allegations of huge corruption and misappropriations - the Karunanidhi family, as the charges and the ongoing probes say – many prominent DMK faces were in jail like Kanimozhi, Karunanidhi’s daughter or A Raja, former Telecom Minister. In fact, most of the central figures and the first political families in majority of the Indian states are facing corruption allegations/charges.