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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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