50 years hence..!
President Obama goes first: “What will the USA be like in 50 years’ time?” The machine whirls and beeps and goes into action and gives him a printout, he reads it out: “The country is in good hands under a new gay president, Alfie Suzanne... marriage has been abolished, children are all test tube babies, and the economy is in the doldrums. Vice President Jin Tao has declared the Chinese language mandatory in all USA schools and Wall Street has now shifted to Beijing.”
The Indian PM thinks, “It’s not bad, this time machine, I’ll have a bit of that” so he asks: “What will India be like in 50 years’ time?” The machine whirls and beeps and goes into action, and he gets a printout. But he just stares at it. “Come on Manmohan,” says Obama, “Tell us what it says.” “I can’t! It’s blank!” “Impossible, “says the American President, “I’m sure there’s a reason for this, so he puts in another request and asks, “Why is India’s future blank? Has the country been wiped out?” The machine whirls and beeps and goes into action, and he gets a printout. “What is it?” asks Manmohan, his voice quivering with anxiety. “It says all the computer people are on fasts unto death!” “Why?” asks Manmohan, and Obama now an expert on the time machine feeds in the question, “Why are all the computer people on fasts unto death?” The machine whirls and beeps and goes into action, and he gets a printout. “Not only the computer people but the whole country is fasting unto death!” How long have they been fasting?” asks Manmohan and Obama feeds in the question and watches as the answer comes out. “It says they have been fasting for the last fifty years!” “What are they fasting for?” asks the Indian PM, his voice slightly agitated and again the American President feeds in the question and again the machine whirls and beeps and goes into action; he gets a printout.
Asks the Indian PM. “They are all fasting to weed out corruption in your country!” reads the American President and watches as his Indian counterpart walks wearily back to the room to join the others in finalizing the draft of the Lokpal, Anti-Corruption bill..!