I have always been fascinated with the Jataka, Panchatantra and Hitopadesha tales as well as the Aesop’s fables. Blame Uncle Pai and his Amar Chitra Katha comics but those stories were a part of my growing up years and have influenced my thinking tremendously. I was remembering one of those stories today – it’s differently told with the wolf and the tiger as the protagonist, but the message is the same.
Here’s the story –
A little boy lives in a village. He passes time by grazing sheep. One day he is bored and decides to play a prank. He shouts “help” “wolf” loudly and all the villagers come running with sticks and other things to drive away the wolf. When they reach the boy, he laughs loudly and says it’s a prank. All of them also laugh and turn back to do their chores. A week later, the boy again plays the same prank. The elders are not very amused… they chide the little boy and say don’t waste our time. Two weeks later, the boy once again plays the prank thinking people would have forgotten by about the earlier pranks. This time the elders are angry and they tell the little boy not to do this again, ever.
A month later, a real wolf comes near the pack of sheep that the little boy is herding and he genuinely cries out for help. Help! Wolf!. The elders just don’t turn up because they think the little boy is just playing a prank. This time the Wolf makes a meal of the little boy. The moral of the story is obvious – if you overdo pranks, people won’t take you seriously.
You can replace the wolf with a tiger, you can sacrifice the sheep or replace the sheep with cows, the moral of the story remains the same.
I read this news article today morning – It’s put off again – Rahul Gandhi not becoming Congress chief yet. Hope it’s no wonder why I was remembering that lovely fable of the wolf and the little boy. The CONgress party too must read some of these Indian stories… there are no fables except the mafia, the Church and the story of Jesus that have come from Italy. None of those are helpful in the Indian context however much they wish it to be otherwise.
This is probably the nth time that this poor BOTTwit was about to be elevated … some fellow twit even gave the date as Oct 31st and no wolf came. The Indian public is weary of these pranks by clueless aging CONstars of the venerable CONgress. It’s actually shameful for us mango people to watch well educated, smart people grovel and prostrate themselves before a bumbling idiot. And eminent lawyers spending their valuable time defending the fool and his utterly foolish utterances.
“One day you’re going to run this country, run the institutions, you will be the Steve Jobs in the Microsofts and the leaders…the Facebooks of this country.”
“This morning, I got up at night”
“Every 2 children out of 1 is malnourished”
“many cities of Bengaluru”
“Mahatma Gandhi, Dr.Ambedkar, Nehru were all NRIs… ”
“Politics is in your shirt, in your pant.”
“In fact, India is you know, bigger than Europe and the United States put together.”
“Dalit community needs the escape velocity of Jupiter to achieve success…”
And this is the great mind that will lead India ? Seriously ? CONgress and Madam Sonia Gandhi are being disrespectful of the electorate if they expect them to vote for an idiot. We need a viable healthy opposition in a democracy but jokers and idiots with just the right surname cannot be the viable opposition.
Pranks won’t be taken seriously…. and CONgress has reached the end of the long rope that the trusting public gave it.
The jokes aren’t even funny !!