HORSING AROUND THE SENSE “Apply your horse sense!” my dad reprimanded me once sharply when I took what he thought was an absurd stand over an issue. That was the first time I heard of horse being linked to anything other than a cart or one with a jockey astride it. But horse sense/ Why not human sense? Are horses more rational than humands and have more ense I wondered when dad explained rthat horse sense meant common sense Over the years i realized that horses have been associated with lot ofg human activities. Like “ horsing around”. It means indulging in frivo0lous activity. Why link the poor equine to fr4ivolous activity? As far as I know a horse is a dead serious animals. Humans and even other primates horsew around. Horsxes never do anything that silly. No they don’t human around./ How can horses do that when hono sapiens are frivolous creatures horsing around. Horses have too much of horse sense to horse around. Now why am I indulging in this meditation on horses? It is because nowadays media reports are full of talk about horse trading. Thanks to the Karnataka assembly elections in which no party got a BJP which is the largest single party but short of majority, has expressed confidence that it would prove its majority in the assembly. And that is not possible without luring MLAs s from the opposition. Rather buying them by offering cash and ministerial posts This is a process that is in an insult to the noble equinox is called horse trading. Too bad horses can’t take humans to court for defamation. This is an insult to an entire species. Horses cannot be lured that way. They may accept a few sugar cubes or carrots from you but if you take the reins and try to drag them away you are in for some real kicks. So animal lovers must rise in protest at horses fair name must be sullied in a vile human activity. We must look for an alternative name to this process of buying MLAs , So why not Ass Trading”? Please doin’t get the impression that I am insulting asses.. I want it to be called “ass trading” and not “donkey trading”. The hard working animal is actually called donkjey and probably “ass” is a derogatory term for it. How many times have people rebuked by saying “don’t be ab ass”. No one says “Don’t ne a donkey”. Lw is always an ass, never a donkey. If you work like a donkey you work hard though you can say “I worked my ass off” Now we are coming to the point . The “ass” mentioned here is no asinine creature. It is the rear part opf human anatomy. That is exactly what the politicians who switch sides for power and money making asses (here we go again!)of people sell. So “ass trading”: is the perfect term to describe this sordid political activity. “Ass trading” sounds cute no. If people want to avoid horse oops sorry ass trading they should apply their horse sense a bit before pressing a button in the electronic voting machine and choose the right candidate. Otherwise do be prepared to be turned into asses, as your MLAs merrily indulge in ass trading.. Nope it is not you they will be trading in. They have already traded with you in a false promises for vote deal. They will be vending their own asses.