07 January 2007

Jai ho Reservation

I got this story as a forward to me. But this was one of those which actually touched me. I think it in a way speaks my mind. So I have decided to put if for u guys.

Its about the grasshopper and the ant. How the ants struggle to get themselves in a good position during winter while the grasshopper sings and enjoys. Go though it and I will give some other views after you have read it


OLD VERSION...

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long building his 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 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 long, building his 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 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 MP's 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 Grass Hopper in educational Insititutions & in Govt Services.

The ant is fined for failing to comply with POTAGA and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his 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...


Everything seems all too right here. I know many will disagree but this is exactly whats happening. Another situation.

The poor brahmin(Oops I think most people in India beleive that brahmins are the no 'poor brahmin') boy works hard day in and out to get a seat in one of the prestigious institutes of higher education. The rich kumhar(Oops yet again, there are supposed to be no 'rich kumhar' ) boy enjoys the life visiting all the pubs and discs of the city. Beer is like the best energy drink for him. But then comes the moment of truth, the result of the institute both were eyeing. The rich kumhar boys gets through but the poor brahmin does not.

Why?? Not because brahmin boy's marks were less, but because kumhar's have reservation. Irony of some classic tale. Seems to you. But its soon going to be the fact of Future India. The above stories are just a reflection of today. Wake up India. Do something about it.