Friday, August 24, 2007

In continuum

This pic (an IITian's brainchild, I'm sure :)) I stole from someone's Orkut album. It goes well with what I had written earlier. I liked the way one of Bollywood's most popular dialogues has been modified to bring out the sorry plight of students today. 

And here's an e-mail forward that portrays the true situation that prevails in India...

First, the 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.

And now, the 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 located 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 MPs 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.


The ant has since migrated to the US and set up a multi billion dollar company in Silicon Valley.
In India, hundreds of grasshoppers still die of starvation despite reservation...

Once again, I say that I've nothing against the people from the so-called 'non-creamy' strata of society, it's the way in which they want to be 'uplifted' that makes me pity them. Rather than seek political favours, I strongly feel they should make efforts to come up as achievers by working hard and seeking help from the right kind of people and organisations. Why only them, we all must learn to be independent and self sufficient and must give back to the soil that has made us what we are toaday. The government only makes plans, the media only creates a hype around any story it can lay it's hands on; finally, it's left to the individual to 'uplift' himself. Each one of us must make realistic plans and see that they are properly implemented and achieved within a set period of time. Only then can our nation truly progress and all people can live happily without any 'reservation'.


Blogger Bastet said...

clap, clap !! excellent post Mayam! And, ulti hilarious forward tht is! Truly, wouldn't the world be a better place if we removed all castes, religions and race barriers.. As someone once said [I donno who! :D] "We just have enough religion to divide us, but not enough to unite us.. "

10:56 am  
Blogger MM said...

So very true Chetuli!
It's up to us, the PRESENT of the nation, to take it up as a challenge and turn it over for the better. U with me? :)

1:14 pm  
Blogger Bastet said...

Definitely, yaar....

1:43 pm  
Blogger Tallur said...

An anti-reservation attitude won't help in bringing about any change... the change that you talk about has to encompass all strata of society... so such an attitude definitely isn't going to help... agreed you harbour no grudges against anyone... but it is but obvious that being anti-reservation isn't going to appease them... what is needed is for someone to win the hearts of everyone there is... and to show them some sense... it is then that we can say that we have brought about a change... forcing one's attitude upon someone isn't called change...


9:58 pm  
Blogger Tallur said...

Besides yaar, why drag in Medha Patkar and Arundhati Roy and Kofi Annan when you talk of reservations? Medha Patkar protested against stealing land forcibly from farmers and the loss of forest cover that would have resulted from the Dam project. And if you feel that she was wrong in doing this, you should look at China's 'Three Gorges project', who being a Communist country, was able to accomplish such a massive project of this kind... Come on MaMu dear... expected better from you... :)

No grudges/hard feelings btw..

10:04 pm  
Blogger MM said...

I agree with u completely Sid Baab. Pro- or anti-reservation attitudes aren't going to help in anyway. If you read my post once again, u'll notice I've clearly mentioned that it's up to us, the people of India, to bring about a social change. Only if people from all strata of society work together can any measurable progress be achieved. We have to understand our strengths and limitations and help each other to move ahead in life. We have to move forward together as a nation, and reservations of any kind aren't going to help.Teamwork is the name of the game! In this case, it's not any one individual that counts, it's the team that wins! :)

As for dragging AR, MP n KA into the fray, I've only loyally copy-pasted the forward as I received it. I don't think it's my prerogative to tamper with someone else's writing. It's also obvious that opinions on such issues vary from person to person.

10:48 am  
Blogger Tallur said...

Well, don't be so sure that reservations won't help in getting India where we want it to be... maybe it is a good solution, but the way it is being implemented is surely pathetic to say the least.

I guess enough has been said about all this, and if I cannot do anything as of now to improve matters, I don't even deserve to speak for/against it.


10:56 am  
Blogger nissim said...

This is what I wrote in the second blog I wrote titled "Caste Away":
The TV showed pictures of the youth in Bangalore on the streets...and just for a moment a placard caught my eye:
" WE DREAM...WE WORK...THEY GET IT BY BIRTH"...well said my friend.
Well written.
I dont have a problem helping the 'non-creamy' layer.
What i have a problem with is the 'creamy certificate-toting' layer usurping what is meant for the 'non-creamy' layer.

12:37 pm  
Blogger MM said...

We all agree to the fact that it's the implementation that's gone wrong. And here's where we, the so-called 'creamy' lot, come in. Since we've understood where the problem lies, it's up to us to help our less fortunate friends secure their rights. I have and will continue to contribute in my own little way and sure hope many others join in too. No use depending on anyone else; we have to join hands and work for the overall progress of our country, be it social, political or scientific.

8:16 pm  
Blogger nissim said...

Here are words from one of my earliest blogs.
Chetana suggested I put them up here.
THE WALL remixed
PINK FLOYD WORDS remixed ...

We don't need no reservations
We don't need no caste control.
No dark sarcasm in the classroom.
Leaders leave the kids alone.
Hey, leaders leave the kids alone!
All in all you're just another prick in the (Parliament) Hall

11:23 pm  

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