Realistic problems of getting universal property to cure wounds
( Based on a post by Ravi Ramanathan in tamil in face book and my acknowledgements to original author.)
It was a village near the sea in Kerala ,
And a man lived with his old Grandma in that village,
And one day Grandma was wounded in her leg,
And the would was never getting healed.
The local ayurvedic doctor advised him to pour salt water ,
In her wound so that it can get healed very fast,
And the friend of the man told him that water in ocean was full of salt,
And advised his friend to take some ocean water and pour it on the wound daily .
The man thought it was a wonderful idea which will save money,
But thought that water in the ocean is a public property,
And to use it he should get government’s permission ,
And so he gave an application to village lever officer for its use.
The VLO was confused and did not want to take any risk whatsoever,
And forwarded it to the Tehsildar for approval and that officer ,
Thought that there was some thing fishy in it and sent it to collector,
And that poor collector thought it was political and forwarded it to the chief secretary of the state.
The chief secretary advised the minister that water of ocean for 20 km,
Was the property of central government and so there was a great need,
To obtain permission of the central minister of off shore fishing and transport ,
And that minister consulted his prime minister about the entire thing.
The prime minister who was also a foreign minister thought that,
Water in the ocean was an international asset and sent it to the UN,
Whose secretary general thought that it was an important political issue,
And kept it ans an agenda item in the next security council meeting,
And there they decided that the old woman can use one litre of water per day.
It was communicated to the prime minister , minister of off shore fishing,
To the minister of the state , the chief secretary of the state , the collector of the district,
Tehsildar and village level officer and with red tape every where ,
Reached the old woman’s son after forty years through registered post.
That man by the time was seventy and his grand mother had died thirty years back,
But he was glad the reply had come because by that time he had a wound in his leg ,
And he called his grand son and told him to bring one litre of water from the ocean daily,
But the grand son google searched and found out that pouring sea water ,
Is not at all a good idea , as it may cause infection in his grandpa’s leg .