Friday, July 25, 2008

Old story in a new version

I got this story as a mail recently. Thought of sharing it with all my readers!


Story of an ANT and A GRASSHOPPER

OLD STORY

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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 and dances and plays the summer away.


Comes winter, the ANT is warm and well fed. The GRASSHOPPER has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

NEW STORY, INDIAN VERSION

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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 and dances and plays the summer away.

Comes winter, the shivering GRASSHOPPER calls up 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.

MAYAWATI states this as 'injustice' done on MINORITIES.

UN & KOFI ANNAN, criticize the Indian government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the GRASSHOPPER.

The INTERNET is flooded with online petitions seeking support to the GRASSHOPPER(many promising Heaven and Everlasting Peace prompt support as against the wrath of God for non-compliance).

'BENGAL BANDH' in West Bengal and Kerala demanding a JUDICIAL ENQUIRY.

CPM in 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 GRASHOPPERS ACT' [ POTAGA ], with effect from the beginning of the winter.

ARJUN SINGH makes 'SPECIAL RESERVATION' for GRASSHOPPERS in Education Institutions and in Govt. Services.

The ANT is fined for failing to comply with POTAGA and having nothing left to pay his retroactive taes, its home is confiscated by the GOVT. and handed over to the GRASSHOPPER in a cermony 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.

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LATER

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The ANT has since migrated to the US and set up a muti-billion dollar company in SILICON VALLEY, 100s of GRASSHOPPERS still die of starvation despite of reservation somewhere in India,

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As a result of loosing lot of hard working ANTS and feeding the GRASSHOPPERS,

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INDIA IS STILL A DEVELOPING NATION.


WIYOATS? (as one of my friend says)