Another Defeat

dsc_01001I have just tasted defeat, another defeat. This time at the Press Club elections, wherein I stood for Vice President.

Though I was not sure of my victory, still the number of votes cast in my favour is too humiliating to be mentioned, in comparison to those who won. I admit it’s my worst defeat, ever, in any elections.

A similar defeat ridiculed me at the Delhi Union of Journalist (DUJ) elections in 2006 when I contested for the post of General Secretary. True, being popular is one thing and winning elections the other. At both places – the Press Club & the DUJ – I had intervened in a war between the members, persuading them to come to terms; to protect these great institutions.

However, on both occasions, I lost; and I lost miserably. A cause was lost too.

Six months after the DUJ elections, I resigned its membership, feeling insulted. Can’t say if I would surrender my Club membership this time.

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  1. Very few of us really have the courage 2 accept defeat with grace. U seem to have it.

    I have just lost the Uttar Pradesh Press Club elections yesterday and I know it is not a good feeling. But I feel that defeat brings wisdom and is a great barometer for judgying friends and foes. It teaches u how to read the human face better.

    All the best 4 the future.

    Kulsum Talha


  2. lehron se darkar nauka paar nahi hoti
    koshish karne waalon ki kabhi haar nahi hoti

    nanhi chiti jab dana laker chalti hai
    chadhti deewaron pe, sau baar fisalti hai
    mann ka vishvaas ragon mein saahas bharta hai
    chdhna-girna, phir chadhna naa akharta hai
    mehnat uski bekaar har baar nahi hoti
    koshish karne waalon ki kabhi haar nahi hoti

    dubkiyaan saagar mein gotakor lagaata hai
    jaakar khaali haath laut kar aata hai
    milte naa moti sehaj hi gehre paani mein
    badhta dugna vishvaas isi hairaani mein
    mutthi uski khaali har baar nahi hoti
    koshish karne waalon ki kabhi haar nahi hoti

    asafalta ek chunauti hai, sweekaaro
    kya kami reh gai, dekho aur sudhaaro
    jab tak naa safal ho neend chain ki tyaago tum
    sangharshon ka maidaan chod mat bhaago tum
    kuch kiye bina hi jay-jaykaar nahi hoti
    koshish karne waalon ki kabhi haar nahi hoti


  3. Neeraj,

    You should be happy in that! Abraham Lincoln lost each election until he became the US President!


    Abdul Azim Akhtar


  4. Please don’t fret. One door closes only to reveal a window of opportunity elsewhere. May your creativity sparkle and earn you the rewards you deserve in the months ahead.


  5. Dont worry too much about it. The important thing is to fight. You fought and you lost. Big deal! There will be other ooportunities. Take care.


  6. Dearest Neeraj,

    Victory breeds hatred, for the conquered sleep in sorrow. I think, you are above victory or defeat and hence you, as a calm man, must dwell in peace.

    I am with you. Love.


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