The Ant and the Grasshoper

A cracking forwarded mail. Indian version of the Ant and the Grasshoper story.

The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house andlaying up supplies for the winter.The Grasshopper thinks the Ant is a fool and laughs & dances and plays thesummer away.Come winter, the Ant is warm and well fed. The Grasshopper has no food orshelter so he dies out in the cold.

Indian Version:

The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter.The Grasshopper thinks the Ant’s a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering Grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the Ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

NDTV, Aajtak, Sahara, Star News show up to provide pictures of the shivering Grasshopper next to a video of the Ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. The World is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be that this poor Grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Arundhati Roy stages a demonstration in front of the Ant’s house. Medha Patkar goes on a fast along with other Grasshoppers demanding that Grasshoppers be relocated to warmer climates during winter. Amnesty International and Koffi Annan criticize the Indian Government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the Grasshopper. The Internet is flooded with online petitions seeking support to theGrasshopper (many promising Heaven and Everlasting Peace for prompt support as against the wrath of God for non-compliance).

Opposition MPs stage a walkout. Left parties call for ‘Bengal Bandh’ inWest Bengal and Kerala demanding a Judicial Enquiry. CPM in Kerala immediately passes a law preventing Ants from working hardin the heat so as to bring about equality of poverty among Ants and Grasshoppers. Lalu Prasad allocates one free coach to Grasshoppers on all Indian RailwayTrains, aptly named as the ‘Grasshopper Rath’. Finally, the Judicial Committee drafts the ‘Prevention of Terrorism Against Grasshoppers Act’ [POTAGA], with effect from the beginning of the winter.

Arjun Singh makes ‘Special Reservation ‘ for Grasshoppers in Educational Institutions & in Government Services. The Ant is fined for failing to comply with POTAGA and having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, it’s home is confiscated by the Government and handed over to the Grasshopper in a ceremony covered by NDTV & India Today.

Arundhati Roy calls it ‘ A Triumph of Justice‘.

Lalu calls it ‘Socialistic Justice‘.

CPM calls it the ‘Revolutionary Resurgence of the Downtrodden‘.

Koffi Annan invites the Grasshopper to address the UN General Assembly.

Many years later

The Ant has since migrated to the US and set up a multi-billion dollar company in Silicon Valley.

100s of Grasshoppers still die of starvation despite reservation somewhere in India,

…AND

As a result of loosing lot of hard working Ants and feeding the grasshoppers

……….India is still a developing country!!!

Nothing summarizes situation in India better. The worst part is there are no signs of the situation getting better. On the contrary the signs are aplenty that its going to deteriorate further down the drain! If this is what India has to offer, there is nothing wrong in a helpless yet hardworking Ant moving out of India to a place where its efforts are well rewarded. Socialism is not amoral but as BarbarIndians rightly put it, Socialism is Immoral.

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3 comments

  1. Shanthan · · Reply

    Socialism is Immoral… but Capitalisim isnt moral either…. I differ with you on Indian situation deteriorating.. India’s policy of Neo-Liberalisim or Conservative Capitalism seem to be working.. I have no doubt in mind that India will flourish provided we make India a safer place.. These pseudo-secularist forces should take tough stand against Bangladesh and Pakistan .. and the biggest threat of all China…

  2. 100% true !!

  3. @Shanthan, Capitalism isnt moral when the capitalist is greedy. Sanjeev Sablok in his brilliant piece writes about how this problem can be circumvented. Read the piece here
    http://satyameva-jayate.org/2008/11/22/unbridled-capitalism-sanjeev-sabhlok/
    There is no way to fight attrocities in Socialistic society because as a state policy you are looted within legal framework. Socialism according to me is a personal choice. If you feel you are being unfairly paid high, you are at your own prerogative to distribute surplus of what you earn among those who are not able to earn that much. But if you are made to pay up in the name of tax, then it becomes Socialism. In the name of equality, you cant be asked to cough up loads of money of which not a single penny is going to come back to you. Capitalism guided by Dharma is what brings about good in society. James Burke is a brilliant example. Responsible capitalist he is. There are loads of examples in this sense. Safety is not the only way to flourish. It should be supported by policies and framework to encourage innovation. In India, Innovation is least encouraged.

    @Ravi, yes it is true. Sad but true!

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