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BP Chairman called sherpa

Posted in Business, Current Affairs, History, India, Media, politics, Satire by Anuraag Sanghi on February 22, 2011

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay photograph (Courtesy - http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com). Click to go to source.

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay photograph (Courtesy - http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com). Click to go to source.

“These guys are the best (in exploration). If you want to climb Mount Everest, make sure you have the best Sherpa with you.” ( via BP, Reliance in $7.2bn deal).

Me … sherpa …

This statement by Mukesh Ambani will surely raise British hackles. Especially racist British hackles. Would BP chairman like to be known as a sherpa. In British perception, sherpa is only a Himalayan ‘coolie’, I would expect. A ‘load-bearer’. Not surprisingly, The Economic Times replaced sherpa with ‘team’.

Western inversions

The brave adventurer was Edmund Hillary – not Tenzing Norgay, the West would claim. Although Tenzing Norgay’s achievement, skills, knowledge was greater. And necessary for Edmund Hillary. Norgay’s knowledge of the Himalayan terrain and his skills made Hillary’s climb possible.

Stolen credit. Then the myths and fables grow! (Cartoon courtesy - garynorthfield.co.uk).

Stolen credit. Then the myths and fables grow! (Cartoon courtesy - garynorthfield.co.uk).

The ‘special-element’ is the human-spirit, the courage, the skills and knowledge. One must not minimize the contribution of technology for the climb – which could have been sourced, like any commodity. Like many did after Tenzing Norgay. To reach the Sagarmatha – what the West calls Everest. But the spirit and courage is special. Something, many Indians would value.

Like Mukesh Ambani does.

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  1. nishkamya said, on February 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Don’t be fooled. BP has an upper hand
    As per an expert –
    Reliance Tatas are exactly the replicas of Vascez borhters in Venezuela who from road soared to become tycoons in tv media oil transport and thus politics. Once Chavez took over both brother live now in new york. India is 20 times in size than venezuela so there will be 20 such pairs of brothers who rose to multi billion level and sell all assets to either bp citi bank. We already told india is the 36 th country targetted for liberalization. country by country case study is with us since 2000.

    • Anuraag Sanghi said, on February 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm

      I agree. This business of handing over the Indian economy to

      1. Foreign oligarchs is more dangerous than control by Indian oligarchs

      2. Control by Indian oligarchs is slightly better /worse than the economy being Public Sector

      3. Can we forget that the East India Company was a public sector corporate entity.

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Mt Everest, St. PT Barnum. St. PT Barnum said: Norgay's knowledge of Himalaya's made Hillary's climb possible. 'Special-element' was Tenzing's spirit and skills http://wp.me/p8KUL-1qm […]

  3. manu said, on February 23, 2011 at 5:41 am

    This could easily been a quicktake 🙂

    • Anuraag Sanghi said, on February 23, 2011 at 7:20 am

      Actually!

      After posting it, I realized that it was in the wrong blog!

  4. simplyrohit21 said, on March 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    HI Anuraag,

    Great analysis again!

    I’ve something which I feel will interest everyone here. Have a look at this-

    http://www.breakingindia.com/

    Book launched about a month ago by Rajiv Malhotra. A comprehensive, authentic, critical and dispassionate account of the conflicts and the Western designs over it.

    I hope you’ll certainly write something over it. I feel such works must be promoted to all nationalists.

    Regards
    Rohit

  5. pravin said, on May 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    what western designs over india.gimme a break.they are all going broke sooner than later.broke people dont get to rule


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