Animal Farm is an all time favourite book of mine. I first read it when I was 13 or 14 years old, and didn’t think much of it. The next time I read it, it was three years later and I could distinctly discern the parodying of the socialist/communist movements that it does extremely well.
You can read a synopsis of the book here, but some quotes from the book are *so* apt for the Congress party in India, that I am literally rubbing my hands with glee (and cackling evilly) at these ABSOLUTE gems.
Taking the liberty to modify (pun intended) a bit , I present the best quotes:
“The birds did not understand Snowball’s long words, but they accepted his explanation, and all the humbler animals set to work to learn the new maxim by heart.
FOUR LEGS GOOD, TWO LEGS BAD BHARAT NIRMAN! was inscribed on the end wall of the barn, above the Seven Commandments and in bigger letters.”
animals Indians are equal, but some animals Indians are more equal than others.”
“Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure. On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. No one believes more firmly than
Comrade Napoleon Soniaji that all animals are equal. She would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?”
“Ah, that is different!” said
Boxer Manmohan Singh.“If Comrade Napoleon Soniaji says it, it must be right.”
“Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals themselves any richer — except, of course, for the
pigs and the dogs the Gandhis and the Vadras”
“Whenever anything went wrong it became usual to attribute it to
Snowball Modi. If a window was broken or a drain was blocked up, someone was certain to say that Modi had come in the night and done it, and when the key of the store-shed was lost, the whole farm was convinced that Modi had thrown it down the well. Curiously enough, they went on believing this even after the mislaid key was found under a sack of meal.”
“If she herself had had any picture of the future, it had been of a society of animals set free from hunger and the whip, all equal, each working according to his capacity, the strong protecting the weak, as she had protected the lost brood of ducklings with her foreleg on the night of Major’s speech.
She knew that, even as things were, they were far better off than they had been in the days of
Jones AAP , and that before all else it was needful to prevent the return of the human beings NDA .
Whatever happened she would remain faithful, work hard, carry out the orders that were given to her, and accept the leadership of
Napoleon Sonia Gandhi.
But still, it was not for this that she and all the other animals had hoped and toiled.”
“For the time being, certainly, it had been found necessary to make a readjustment of rations (
Squealer Chidambaram always spoke of it as a “readjustment,” never as a “reduction”), but in comparison with the old days the improvement was enormous.
Reading out the figures in a shrill, rapid voice, he proved to them in detail that they had more oats, more hay, more turnips than they had had in NDA’s days, that they worked shorter hours, that their drinking water was of better quality, that they lived longer, that a larger proportion of their young ones survived infancy, and that they had more straw in their stalls and suffered less from fleas.
The animals believed every word of it.
They knew that life nowadays was harsh and bare, that they were often hungry and often cold, and that they were usually working when they were not asleep. But doubtless it had been worse in the old days. They were glad to believe so.”
Needless to say, this can go on. Will stop now. Read the book, draw the rest of the parallels yourself. It will be worth your while.