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Class Analogy

July 5, 2008
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An Old Story:

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.

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 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.

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 the
Grasshopper (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’ 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,

..AND

As a result of loosing lot of hard working Ants and feeding the grasshoppers,
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India is still a developing country…!!!

 

P.S. – This was a forward message.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. megcloud9 permalink
    July 6, 2008 12:31 am

    as said aptly “forwarded” 🙂

  2. July 7, 2008 12:33 pm

    I agree with the story, except the first part. There is a huge mistake in it.. I don’t know how you get the ignore the History !!!!!!!!

    Do you think ants got enough to save, enough to eat, enough to spend on whatever they want, just because they worked hard ???

    Read history

    Grasshoppers worked hard
    Ants remained Landlords, ( eat drink and rule )
    Grasshoppers were denied almost everything, good dress, good food, land of their own .. and of course !!! EDUCATION

    And that’s how Ants had enough savings, lands, money, educated sons and daughters ….. etc etc …

    So, next time you get something like this, PLEASE READ HISTORY

  3. sahil permalink
    July 18, 2008 8:12 pm

    Hey I am absolutely unanimous with u
    This is the truth
    thanx for presenting it in such a superb way

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