Ant & Grasshopper – The story of India 15

The following is a copy-paste from an email I just received. More than being funny, it’s satire on the present day India, especially Bengal and Kolkata, seems to be remarkably mind-numbing and true. Food for thought.

Ant & Grasshopper

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

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 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 (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

BJP wants Sonia Gandhi’s apology.

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

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

  • Sidharth Varma

    very funny one, very very entertaining and true at the same time.

  • Tarun


  • FrozenSun

    Pretty cool blog you’ve got here. Thank you for it. I like such topics and everything connected to them. I would like to read a bit more on that blog soon.

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  • Jointy

    :) Satire on the Indian system is conveyed with a simple style through an undertone of humor.



  • Eknath Jadhav

    It is the nacked truth obout India. How can we achieve the hight of Mission 2020? But the fact is that water finds its way- EKNATH JADHAV

  • Om Gupta

    stop reservation… any how

  • Ray

    Bumped into this story ad I wad preparing a sermon on ants based on Proverbs 6. Want to teach on self-sustenance and hardwork. Great motivational story.

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  • Chingchongpa

    Unfortunately, this is so fcuking true!

    Abolish all reservations based on caste, religion. If reservation has to be there, it strictly needs to be based on the economic status of a person.

  • Rrb_cal

    This is called socialism.

  • Anoop Augustine

    true true true, its time to change…

  • Amey

    Very true!! I recollected a column in ET few months/yr back, when China surpassed Japan to become number two economy. Towards the end, it had a very satirical comment – India is boasting of becoming numero-uno developing country by 2020, but in reality it would be left as an only under-developed country. Rest all developing countries in race today, would already be counted as developed countries by 2020.

  • Kewal krishan

    Absolutely true! Unfortunately it will persist as long as GH are in majority and our leaders don’t give IZZAT to youth by crating equal employment opportunities and making them independent but by making them dependent and giving them IZZAT through Bill of Food security .

  • Prasenjeet

    Wow. You didn’t mention that the ‘ant’ and his parents, their parents and their parent oppressed the grasshoppers for 2000 years? Gupta ji, wake up and smell the coffee. Dukaan band jar dijiye apni. Its drab, sadly written. When you have a casteist agenda, at least learn to write well.