This was forwarded to me by one of my colleagues and I thought it was worth putting it on my blog. I do not know the original author of this post so can not divert the credits to him / her unfortunately.
Anyways, an interesting perspective and worth a read though.
Old Story (global 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, Come, winter, the Ant is warm and well fed. And the Grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.
The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for 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 ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while are cold and starving.
NDTV, BBC, CNN, show up to provide pictures of the shivering Grasshopper next to the video of the Ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
The world is stunned by 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 Ban ki Moon 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 of prompt support as against the wrath of God for non-compliance).
Opposition MPs stage a walkout. Left parties call for ‘Bengal Band’ 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 name as the ‘Grasshopper Rath’.
Finally, the Judicial Committee drafts the ‘Prevention of Terrorism Against Grasshoppers Act [POTAGA], with effect from beginning of winter.
Arjun Singh makes ‘Special Reservation’ for Grasshoppers in the Educational Institutions and 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’.
Ban Ki Moon invites the Grasshopper to address the UN General Assembly.
Moral of the Story
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 loosing lots of hard working Ants and feeding the Grasshoppers, India still remains a developing country …!!!