Rendezvous with Lord Ram

The government tries to monkey around with monkeys. Not a good idea

By Sekhar
Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

There was a time when a monkey god burnt down an entire city. Nothing was left except a heap of ashes. Thus says the Ramayan. But the modern day epic being written in the streets of Delhi has all the makings of a tragicomedy. The authorities have learnt a thing or two from mythology. Armies can be formed with the help of our primate cousins. Thus they have recruited a langur to rid the secretariat of monkeys. But what if langur s take over government offices and replace all the monkeys? Nothing much. Some feel no file will move for sure, but then what's new.

How did the monkeys come to haunt the corridors of power to begin with? Obviously, none of them sat for the civil services exam. They made it through the back door. Nepotism, indolence and corruption played their role. They were relocated when their homes were taken up in the name of development. So seeking compensation, they came to the centre of power seeking help from those who could give them space.

There is something wrong in the government's monkey policy, if it has a policy to monkey around with, that is. Monkeys, like humans, have to be rehabilitated and not just relocated. Leading primatologists who were consulted and asked for action plans, which they duly submitted, are angry as these plans were never implemented. Now they have decided to swing clear of government's corridors -- and rightfully so -- as the government is neither seeking or hearing any suggestions.

The knee-jerk reactions of the administration clearly show that there is a need for a concerted campaign to push for rehabilitation of monkeys. The monkeys found good company in the government, and the buildings that house the government are large enough to accommodate them in their concrete hearts. Now after being driven out from their original homes, they face eviction at the hands of langur squads. They desperately need representation. But who will bell the langurs ?

Will Lord Ram kindly step out from behind his tree?

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