Inhuman Humanity was the first article that posted on my first blog, ‘Beyond This Life’. Dr. Binayak Sen, the noted human rights and civil liberties activist was recently released on bail after a protracted court battle where he was pitted against the might of the state machinery of the Chhattisgarh government who did all to prove him an active Naxalite leader.

The battle was fought nationally and internationally, with noted people and social activists from India and across the world running campaigns to put pressure on the Indian government to do justice in Dr. Sen’s case. The short-lived respite finally came with the Supreme Court decision on May 25, 2009. Dr. Sen was jailed again in 2010 when he was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Raipur court.

The Supreme Court again came to the rescue when it granted him bail on April 15, 2011, with an eye-opening remark:

“We are a democratic country. He may be a sympathiser. That does not make him guilty of sedition. If Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography is found in somebody’s place, is he a Gandhian? No case of sedition is made out on the basis of materials in possession unless you show that he was actively helping or harbouring them [Maoists].” – The Hindu, quoting the Supreme Court Justice C.K. Prasad

After five years now, the satisfactory things is Dr. Sen is still out of the jail and his appeal against the local court’s ruling convicting him of sedition is pending in the high court.

The other issue that I wrote about in the article was themed on human rights violations in Asian countries in India’s neighbourhood – Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, and Afghanistan – and in India – and focused primarily on the miserable conditions of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) – due to internal and external factors.

Through the reasons of displacements were different then, at least in Pakistan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, the aftermath of the factors forcing the people to be displaced internally continue to put their life in tough conditions where surviving every day is all that matters for them.

Here is the article that I wrote on July 1, on my Personal Blogging Day, in 2009:

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Personally, it’s a day for me to look back on one of the milestone developments of my life, the day that was the first step in organizing my writing – July 1, my Personal Blogging Day – with ‘Beyond This Life’, my first blog.

And it has been on the job – five years now – since I started writing a blog – the 5th anniversary of my formal initiation with blogging – on July 1, 2009 with the ‘Inhuman Humanity’.

By soul, I have always been a development activist and though it was not planned, in the hindsight, I feel good that my first blog-post was an article on human rights (in the context of Dr. Binayak Sen’s case who was released on bail recently and the state’s role in his trial and the role of state in inflicting greater hardships on the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in India and it’s surroundings).

How did it all begin: I don’t have any concrete idea since when I had started thinking about writing a blog. Yes, but the thoughts were there, long before I began it formally in July 2009. What was not there was the push, needed to initiate me on a regular writing spree.

It came as a result of some factors that still give me mixed feelings. Back then, it was concurrence of some events and the associated emotional assimilations – inspiration, motivation, betrayal, answerability, reasoning and the subsequent need to look inside – and as more and more clarity, with its obvious shock and liberating effects, emerged – my writing started getting more in-tune, in-sync, with me to write more and write regularly.

With every year, the ‘consistency’ got more regular, especially in the last three years.

The journey and the discipline: The five years so far – I say it a journey because I have been able to be consistent with it and have grown with it. Living ‘severally alone’ has been central to my existential questions and writing regularly has disciplined me to realize it in a spirited way.

The 1826 days since July 1, 2009 have seen 1435 posts on ‘Beyond This Life’ (excluding today and this post). Since October 16, 2011, ‘Beyond This Life’ has been consistent with my efforts to get its daily share of my life.

My blogging discipline has satisfied my urge to write and write more and has added to my other creative endeavors. I have been writing and I am writing on whatever I feel I need to write on – from politics to international issues – to human rights – to social and development issues – to art and culture – to travel experiences – to communication – to society and social media – to life and experiences – to philosophy, to individualism, to religion, to spirituality – to random reflections on the spaces around me and in my daily routine – whatever that appeals me.

I have written articles. I have written poems as well. Photographs and quotes are essential to the soul of my blog.

Though English is my primary language, I have been able to write Hindi poems as well. And many have got good reviews by the people who know Hindi well.

I have been able to write regularly because I write for myself primarily. I feel good after writing and subjecting my satisfaction to my self-scrutiny and feedback. Yes, I do share a part of my writings (and photographs) on my blogs – yes, blogs, three more that I started later on dealing with narrowed posting themes – and it is always a welcome development if others correlate with my writings or stay back to read what I write.

There are ideas and there are words looking those ideas. There are ideas generating ideas. And there are words generating more sentences.

Words do fail, as I wrote a poem ‘Words, Almost As They Fail’, but on my blogs, they come to stay with me and July 1, my Personal Blogging Day, is the day for me to revisit the days so far to look ahead.

Then, in 2009, it was Wednesday, on July 1. Now, in 2014, on its 5th Anniversary, it’s Tuesday.

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