The great fable of the ant and the grasshopper (and India!)

and and grasshopperThe U.S 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 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.

The 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, BBC, CNN and other channels show up to provide pictures of the shivering Grasshopper next to a video of the Ant in his comfortable home with a table laden 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 and Kavita Krishna stages a demonstration in front of the Ant’s house.
  • Medha Patkar goes on a hunger strike along with other Grasshoppers demanding that Grasshoppers be relocated to warmer climates during winter.
  • Amnesty International criticizes the Indian Government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the Grasshopper.
  • The Internet is flooded with online petitions seeking support to the Grasshopper.
  • Opposition parties stage a walkout in Parliament and demands an apology from the Prime Minister.
  • Left parties call for a “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.
  • Mamata Banerjee allocates one free coach to Grasshoppers on all Railway Trains, aptly named as the ‘Grasshopper Rath’. She names a Poribartan project after Grasshoppers.
  • Hundreds of Grasshopper welfare projects are launched, each named after a member of the Gandhi family.

Finally, the Judicial Committee drafts the ‘Prevention of Terrorism Against Grasshoppers Act’ [POTAGA], with effect from the beginning of  the winter. ‘Special Reservations’ for Grasshoppers are made in Educational Institutions & 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 and Rajdeep Sardesai.
  • Arundhati Roy calls it ‘A Triumph of Justice’.
  • Lalu-Mulayam call it ‘Socialistic Justice’.
  • CPM calls it the ‘Revolutionary Resurgence of the Downtrodden’.
  • The Grasshopper is invited 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 throughout India despite reservation ..
As a result of losing a lot of hard working Ants and feeding the Grasshoppers, India is still a developing country!!! – CINEWS/Facebook post

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