The Ant & the Grasshopper



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 is

a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away. Come winter, the Ant

is warm and well-fed. The Grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies

out in the cold.



Modern 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, BBC, CNN 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 criticizes the Indian Government

for not upholding the fundamental rights of the Grasshopper.

The Internet is flooded with online petitions to vote in favor of the

Grasshopper's cause.



Opposition MPs stage a walkout. Left parties call for "Bharat Bandh" in

West Bengal and Kerala demanding a Judicial Enquiry.

CPM in Kerala immediately passes a law preventing Ants from working hard

in 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

Railway Trains, 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.

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...

As a result of losing a lot of hard-working Ants and feeding the

Grasshoppers, India is still a developing country !!!

Howzzat!!

18th March 2009 From India, Pune
Excellent post. This is true and happening in India for the last so many years. Regards, Subba Rao
18th March 2009 From India, Delhi
Bravo...well said Fact in Style. Friends no hard feeling, we have to accept india is infested with Grasshopers. Our reponsiblity is to change it.
19th March 2009 From India, Hyderabad
Realize it and CHANGE or seek guidance of changed persons else You will be Replaced by the Changed ones.
19th March 2009 From India, Hyderabad
A sarcastic remark....... a comic tone wid serious note........... good job Regards n thanx, Charu...:icon1::icon1:
23rd March 2009 From India, Pune
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