Indo-US Nuclear Deal: Mammoth Task Ahead

The Indo-US Nuclear Deal has become like the sto­ry of The Blind Men and an Ele­phant.

Blind Men & Elephant

Let’s see how.

#1: Manmohan Singh hanging to the Tail

Think­ing that this was the end of the rope for ener­gy ambi­tious India, Singh decid­ed to hold on to it. He warned oth­ers “not to miss the bus”.

Alas, he didn’t know he’ll have to cling on to it for his dear life as he had no idea of the ride that ensued. He prob­a­bly hoped this was not the end of the rope for his gov­ern­ment.

#2: Bush Administration riding on Top

Used to being a super­pow­er, the Bush Admin­is­tra­tion thought it was on top of the sit­u­a­tion.

With some­one hav­ing read about The Drag­on & The Ele­phant and told Bush about it, he thought he could make friends with the Ele­phant to fight the Drag­on.

Alas, some observers thought he was try­ing to tame it instead of befriend­ing it!

Hav­ing bet their mon­ey on this slow mov­ing beast is now wor­ry­ing them.

#3: Indian Right (BJP) clinging to the Ear

Look­ing at Bush on top, it first decid­ed to join the ride, but the ears flip flopped, and so did the BJP. Hav­ing held onto the ears for so long, it thought every­one around would be all ears when they protest­ed and brought down the par­lia­ment.

#4: China holding the Leg

Chi­na has been aware of this ele­phant for ages, and fears being tram­pled by it. While not open­ly attack­ing the ele­phant, it tries to sur­rep­ti­tious­ly over­pow­er it. It’s afraid of strik­ing a spear into the leg, fear­ing that the ele­phant may go berserk.

#5: Indian Left on the Trunk

The Left soon real­ized that it can eas­i­ly arm-twist the trunk. Rid­ing in the air for a while dis­tanced them from ground real­i­ty, not to men­tion get­ting used to a lot of hot air.

Final­ly, the Left decid­ed to blow its own trum­pet, giv­ing a deaf ear to the dis­cor­dant trum­pets from their own group.

Moral of the Sto­ry? Feel free to use the com­ment box!

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  • Am I (com­mon man) the sixth per­son who’s hold­ing the tooth? — expect­ing some­thing big, but in real­i­ty it was noth­ing but a sym­bol­ic deal!

  • @Priyank
    I would rather say that the com­mon man is “under the tail” — com­fort­ed by the warmth but repelled by the stink. In short, Con­fused!!!

  • She­faly

    How about the rest of the world, that actu­al­ly sees the whole ele­phant? Some even see it as a white ele­phant?

  • Good com­par­i­son and great write-up… Cheers!!!

  • Priyank/Oemar: depends on what you mean by com­mon man…:-)

    She­faly: //the rest of the world, that actu­al­ly sees the whole elephant?// You real­ly think so?

    //Some even see it as a white elephant//
    Yes, the folks in this post are blind so they missed the white that some saw!

    Anwin: thanks!

  • Very wit­ty Mahen­dra. And very orig­i­nal too. 🙂

  • Nita, thanks! I knew you’ll have a good laugh…:-)