Gulliver's Travel to Indiput, The Land of Jantoos (Gulliver's Fifth Travel)
Gulliver’s Travel To Indiput, The Land of Jantoos
(Gulliver’s Fifth Travel)
A Satirical Novel \
Adv. Gurdip Singh Saini
Author of the Novel
Advocate Gurdip Singh Saini
O’ Maker of the world,
O’ Maker of the world,
Why did you make serpents?
Were the relatives not sufficient?
- Nand Lal Noorpuri
A Great Punjabi Poet
“Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own; which is the chief reason for that kind reception it meets in the world, and, that so very few are offended with it. But, if it should happen otherwise, the danger is not great; and I have learned, from long experience, never to apprehend mischief from these understandings I have been able to provoke roof; anger and fury, though they add strength to the sinews of the body, yet are found to relax those of the mind, and render all its efforts feeble and impotent.
There is a brain that will endure but one scrumming; let the owner gather it with discretion, and manage his little stock with husbandry, but off all things, le him beware of bringing it under the lash of his betters, because that will make it all bubble up into impertinence, and he will find no new supply, without knowledge, being a sort of cream, which gathers in a night to the top and by a skillful hand, may be soon whipped into forth: but, once scummed away, what appears underneath will be fit for nothing but to be thrown to the hogs. ”
(Borrowed from the preface of the another from “The Battle off the books” written by Sir Jonathan Swift).
Writing anything about any writing of Adv. Gurdip Singh is a very difficult task. But, I have been burdened with this very heavy duty by Adv. Gurdip Singh and I am well equipped to do this very hard job . Firstly, I happened to have a very deep look into the mind of the author, on account of my long standing friendship and association with him. Secondly, I was one of those very few lucky persons, who had the privilege to read most of the writings of Adv. Gurdip Singh.
All of his writings, whether short stories or novels or satires, have a stamp of his intelligence and unparalleled skill and excellences. It is an indescribable experience to go through any of his works. His writings have a great impact on the mind of the reader and the memories of his stories haunt the mind of the reader for a very long period. The reading of his works provides a very delightful experience, but sometimes very painful also, to the reader.
The main period of his creativity had been from 1976 to 1984 it was during this period, that he wrote more than 200 short stories and his novels like “Tom, Dick and Harry”, “ The Portrait of an Idiot, as a youngman”, “No Man’s Land”, “Dateless Diary of An Unknown Person”, “Gulliver’s Travel to Indiput, The land of Jantoos” and “The Lion in a Bird’s Cage”.
One of the most important features of his art of writing is that he is a master craftsman. He weaves his stories like a master weaver, who has achieved perfection in the art of weaving and controlling his various threads, having a clear vision of the design in his mind, to weave and shape them into a carpet of unparalleled beauty and grandeur.
He is a very tremendous story teller, a story teller par excellence. He seems to have mastered the magic of creating interest in all whatever he writes. If one starts reading any of his works, it becomes difficult for him to leave it unfinished. He is a master narrator. While reading his stories, it appears as if he is telling the stories himself. One of another most important feature of his writings is his creation of very powerful and unforgettable character. His characterization is very subtle. He never gives any hints or gives very few hints regarding physical or other apparent features of his characters. Bu his characters reveal themselves, with the advancement of the story and by the end of the story, a very powerful picture of the character is drawn in the imagination of the reader and one is unable to shed off the image of the character even after lapse of many years. It may be the character of Bapu Sunder Singh, Aunt Isheri, the Cart man, Isher Singh or Sher Dill, of his stories or the main character of his novel “Dateless Diary of an unknown person” all live forever in the imagination of the reader.
The period of 1976 to 1984 of his life is marked by creation of variety of short stories by him also. In fact, this period was the most creative period of his life, perhaps, his greatest achievement of this period was writing of such a great novel as “Dateless Diary of Unknown person”, in which he attained greatest heights as a writer. I am unable to restrain myself here, from writing a few words about his this great work as a novelist. The narrator of the story comes across a dateless diary of some unknown person, which reveals the life story of that person. But the diary is incomplete and is incoherent. So, the mystery of the story of the life of unknown person, is also incomplete. The reading of the incomplete diary shows the unsuccessful struggle of the main character of the novel for realizing his true self and his failure to face the realities of the life, even after being a very intellectual person. The narrator of the novel, after going through the incomplete diary becomes so much occupied and involved in the incomplete life story of the unknown author of the diary and becomes so much disturbed that ultimately he himself starts search for the unknown author of the diary and for the peacock tribe people. As a result, he has to pass through a very painful experience but as well as through very strange moments of life. The height of the irony of the fate is that during his quest for the unknown author of the diary, he comes across a person whom he suspects to be the unknown author of the dateless diary, but never becomes sure about his identity.
“Gulliver’s fifth travel” i.e. “Gulliver’s travel to Indiput, the land of Jantoos”, was also written during the above mentioned period of his life, in the years of 1980-81. But his creative life nearly came to an end after 1984. Meanwhile, in the year of 1983, after obtaining a decree in laws, he started his carrier as a lawyer. His entry into this profession proves to be a very frustrating and horrible experience for him. His very sensitive nature played havoc with him in the legal profession. Soon, he realized that he was totally misfit in that profession and was unable to adjust himself to the corrupt and suffocating atmosphere of the judicial system. But the irony of the fate is that despite his all hatred for the profession, he had to carry on as a lawyer, due to economic compulsion. A very poor family background left him with no other choice and he had to continue in the profession. The profession proved to be quite contrary to his artistic tastes and sentimental nature. To borrow his own words “Artistic sensibilities and the sensitivities of a human mind dry in this profession soon, as water dries up in the bed of a dry river after a few steps”. To add to his own vows, the profession had no money in the beginning. Nobody comes to a young lawyer. To borrow again, one of his phrases, “Old whores and young lawyers have no clients.” Lack of money and poverty increased his frustrations.
It was in such a frustrated state of mind that on 16th July, 1984, that he made an attempt to commit suicide and before that he burnt all what he had written up to that time. It was a great lose to him as well as to the world of letters. All of his works were unpublished up to that time, as he had never bothered to get anything published. The lose, was indeed, irreparable.
Inspite of odds against him, he stayed in the legal profession and his staying in that profession proved to be very fatel to his creative genius. But a writer cannot remain alo-of forever from whatever is happening around him. The post independence era of India is a witness to deterioration of human values and social and political ethics. The corrupt and unprincipled politics and bureaucracy has thrown the nation into a dark pit. The rise of Khalistan movement in Punjab resulted in opening of a rule of tyranny and terror by the police. The countless stories of rapes and tortures by the police and of fake encounters shook his sensitive mind and he reacted to the situation in the shape of his novel “The Black Document”, which he got published in the year of 1989 with a new name “The Terror”. But, the copies of the book were seized by the police from the printing press and thereafter he did not bother that novel also.
Thereafter, he again went into a slumber. He broke his slumber in the year of 1994. The summer vacation of 1994 saw him re-writing this novel, which is an abridged form of the original.
This satire also bears the stamp of his extraordinary creative skill and superb craftsmanship. No doubt, it is a very harsh satire, yet this fact cannot be denied that it is the greatest satirical novel of the twentieth century. One of the most important features of the satire is the truthfulness with which the Indian life is depicted in it. The creation of Jantoos, may shock the Indian mind, but the wonderful narration and the supereme artistic touch coupled with a very scholarly treatment elevates this book into a work of great value and imortence. The sheer magic of the story binds the reader completely.
The book is perhaps one of the best examples of a perfect satire and it provides a very good model to the writers who want to learn the art of satire writing. The author has used all of the weapons of a satirist, such as irony, ridicule, banter symbolism, metaphor, similes, comparisons, taunting, punning on the words, mock epic style and what not, with much command and excellences. The use of all such weapons and the subtle thoughts have made this book a very complex and difficult reading, although it is written in a very simple plain style. The story is written in the shape and style of an allegory, but every words and every line in the book has a double meaning. Ever, if one fails to capture he underlying real story, on is charmed and thrilled by the outward story.
The central character of the story is Gulliver, the great sailor, borrowed from the famous “Gulliver’s Travels” authored by Sir Jonathan Swift. The presence of Gulliver in the presents book adds an additional interest and charm to the story. But this is not the only reason for using and including the character of Gulliver in this book. As Mr. Gurdip Singh himself tells, the use of the character of Gulliver in the present book is not merely ornamental but is, rather, very purposeful and symbolical. The legendary character of Gulliver is used in the book as a symbol of the undauntable eternal man, who transcends all the boundaries of time and space. But this is not the end. The superb imagination of the author, not only brings the legendary character in the story, but also creates an Indianised version of Gulliver in the shape of Gulliver Singh, who is the narrator of the story. Outwardly, there are characters, but in reality both of them are only one character, the character of unbeatable, unshaken, unmitigated eternal man.
The allegory starts with the very first line of the book – Gulliver Singh has come out in search of bread and butter, but is lost in the jungle, which symbolizes nothing else except the India itself. Gulliver Singh is about to perish in the jungle. But at that crucial moment Gulliver appears on the scene and saves him. The union of both is not by chance. Both of them are destined to travel through a strange land, which is inhabited by Jantoos, who rule the land and the human beings residing therein. The interest in the story is further accelerated, when a Lilliputian by the name of Mr. Johny also enters the scene. From there onward starts a unique story, full of strange episodes and strange incidents. The meeting of three characters and their visit to Indiput, provides a very big panorama for the full play of the tools of a satirist and then starts a chain of innumerable manifold comparison, parallels, references, symbols and similes. With the advancement of the story, the comparison becomes more and more broad and wider, with references to Indiput and India, which, infact are not two but only one country. One cannot help laughing, when the author talks about many bad things of Indiput and then says with his tongue in his cheeks, that luckily such things do not happen in India.
The book, indeed, is a chronicle of the all walks of Indian life of the post Indipendence era, which has been dominated by a very corrupt bureaucracy and a very dirty politics. Although, the book catches the scenario of a specified era of a specific nation, yet the beauty of the book lies in the matter that it crosses the boundaries of time and the place, due to the universal touch and the treatment given by the author to the story. For example reference can be made to the general elections, which were held in the year of 1977, in India. In the chapter no. 7 of the book, the said elections are referred to in this novel under the allegory of the battle of second battle for freedom, which is written in a very brilliant mock epic style. But the said election of the year of 1977 is dealt with in such a manner that it has become a chronicler of the crookedness of Indian politicians and of the foolishness of Indian voters, of the whole of the second half of the twentieth century. What is true about the elections held in the year of 1977 is true about the elections held in any other year.
Another merit of the book is that, although there are some references to particular individuals in the story. Yet it is the types and not the individuals, which are chastened and ridiculed. The story becomes more and more terse and harsh, as it advances more and more, but its terseness and harshness is the direct result of the author’s adherence to the stark and naked realities of Indian panorama. The knave and the wicked are lashed more and more severally. But in spite of increase in its harshness, the author does not lose his grip over it and the storey becomes more and more interesting and absorbing. The brightest side of the story is that it does not dispel, even after such a big dose of satire.
The book is full of references to Indian history, ancient literatures and myths as well as to English literature. One wonders at the vast knowledge of the author, which has been utilized fully in the making of the novel. His adaptation of a story of Panchatantra i.e. the famous Indian ancient fables, in the shape of a story of Parpanchatantra (system of crookedness) is simply marvelous. No body in the contemporary literature could have used and applied the principles of allopathic and homeopathic systems of Medicines in any form of the literature, as has been done by him, which is a witness to the highly intellectual capacities of the author. He uses the principles of both the said systems of medicine to suggest his excellent remedies, though very bitter in taste, to remove the evils of Jantoos. But the use of so many express or hidden reference, symbols, metaphors etc. have made the novel a very difficult story. The author knows it and perhaps it is for this reason that he asked me to add notes after the end of the story and gave some very invaluable hints also, without which I could not have ventured to write preface to this book. So, I have given some notes after the end of the story, to the best of my capabilities, though some of elite readers may not feel satisfied with my efforts.
It will be a great injustice to the author if nothing is written in this preface about the comic touch given by him to the story. But the comic touch given by him to the story is not heavy and is rather of a very lighters shade. His use of comic touch in the story is very occasional and is very judicious, otherwise any injudicious use of comic touch in a glory can degerate a satire into a very shallow “C” class comedy. His masterly use of comic touch has made the story more interesting and absorbing and has given more claws to the story to make the satire more powerful and more penetrating.
Towards the end of this forward, I must caution the readers not to become prejudiced or biased, after going through the satire and not to label him as a misanthropist or a hater of mankind, because a shallow mind can always jump to such conclusions without going deep into the meaning and purpose of the story and on the basis of a single book. His other stories and novels clearly vouch for his love and concern for the sorrows and sufferings of the mankind and his vision of a society based on the principles of equality and justice.
Before ending of the preface I must say that I can very easily be charged, though wrongly, to be fairer and biased towards the author, being one of his closest friends. So, I call upon the learned reader to go through this work himself and to make up his own opinion about the merits and demerits and about this book, because, it is the reader, who is the ultimate judge.
Dated :28-12-1994 Prof. A. Bajaj
(M.A. Ph.D. English Literature)
Head of the Department,
Maharaja Ripu Daman University,
Chapter – I
I was lost in the jungle. I had started from my village, in search of my livelihood. My name is Gulliver Singh, but my dear reader, my name has no importance in this story. The matter that matters is that I am a human being and my being a human being, one day, proved to be very dangerous to me and I nearly fell into the clutches of death. I was born in India, in a very small remote village called Kushipur.
I was the only child of my parents and they loved me very much. Although my father was an illiterate person, yet he knows many stories, folktale legends by heart, which he had heard from his father and grandfather. He was a great story teller. In my early childhood, he used to tell me many stories, especially stories about the great travels of Gulliver. My father was a great admirer of Gulliver and in fact, he named me Gulliver Singh, after the name of Gulliver, the great traveler. I also liked stories of Gulliver most and Gulliver became a hero of my dreams. His stories fired my childhood imagination so much, that I would often dream of traveling like Gulliver, to far off unknown lands, full of wonders and adventures, after growing up.
In this manner, early years of my life passed with great pleasure and much carelessness in my village, under the care and protection of my parents. But, by the time I grew young, the circumstances at my house had deteriorated very much. My parents had grown old. There was nothing to eat in the house. We starved day after day for many weeks. Sometimes we could manage to eat something and sometimes we had to go to bed with empty stomach. I tried to get some job in the village, but I could not get any. There were already many young people in the village who were jobless and were leaving the village in search of some work in the far away cities and towns of India. I had also heard about the riches and wealth of these cities and towns. Therefore, I also decided to leave my village in search of my bread and butter. In my childhood, allured by the adventures of Gulliver, I had always dreamt of doing travels for the sake of fun, enjoyment and adventures, but I had never thought that one day I would be compelled to go on a travel, just for earning my livelihood. When my father and mother came to know about my decision, they became much perturbed, as before that, I had never gone beyond the boundaries of my village. But, when I remained adamant, they gave their permission to me to go out of the village, after much hesitation. While giving their permission, my parents advised me to always remain alert and vigilant, as the people outside the village were very selfish, wicked, cunning, crooked, treacherous, callous and cruel, So, one day, I left the village and started on the path which was leading to far off places, full of riches, wealth, prosperity and happiness.
My first few days on the path passed with much pleasure and happiness. I was seeing the outside world for the first time. The sites on the both sides of the path were very beautiful and wonderful. The people, whom I met on the path, did not look wicked, cunning or callous or treacherous. To my astonishment, they seemed to be very loving, caring, kind hearted, generous and helping one, quite contrary to the views of my parents. But, soon my good days were over. I found myself standing on the threshold of a Jungle. The path was passing through a Jungle. As I walked into the Jungle, it became more and more thick, dense and horrible. The passage became more and more thorny and uneven. After a few miles, the passage lost its visibility and it became a part of the jungle ground, spread over for miles, on all sides. No end of the jungle was visible on any sides. Soon, I realized that I was lost in the jungle. I tried my best to find out any way for going out of the jungle, but to no avail.
I wandered in the Jungle from here to there for many days. It was a very dangerous jungle. It was full of very dangerous, ferocious and carnivorous wild animals. It seemed to me that some beast might jump upon me suddenly from behind some bush or some tree and might tear me into small pieces. I became full of fear. I lost all hope for my life. I had realized that I would not be able to find out any way in the jungle for my safe exit from the jungle. I became very frustrated and disappointed. I sat down by reclining on the stem of a big Bunyan tree, with my eyes closed due to hunger, thirst, tiredness and frustration, expecting my end with some final sudden pounces of some animal, upon me. The pictures of my old helpless parents flashed before my closed eyes and slowly and slowly, I started losing my consciousness and soon my mind plunged into a darkness and I became totally unconscious.
Chapter – 2
I do not know for how long, I remained unconscious. When I started regaining my consciousness, it seemed to me, as if showers of rain were falling upon my face. Soon, I became fully conscious. When I opened my eyes, I found one person was sprinkling water upon my face.
“Oh, thank god, you have gained consciousness. Now, you will be alright within few minutes.” He said in a very relieved tone and patted on my shoulder in a very loving and caring manner.
I wanted to say something to him but my lips and mouth were so dry that I could not utter even a single word. Realizing that I was very thirsty, he put a leather water bag on to my mouth. I drank a lot of water, which gave a new lease of life to me. Feeling that I was hungry for many days, he gave some food to me. After taking food, my condition somewhat improved soon. Moreover, I was very happy to find a human being in the jungle, which was inhabited by animals only. His presence gave me much solace, courage and strength. After gaining strength, I looked at him carefully, for the first time. He was not an Indian. His features and fair color made me guess that he was a European. He was wearing clothes like those of the sailors of old medieval times, about whom I had heard so many stories from my father in my childhood. He was totally a stranger to me, yet he was looking very familiar to me also. Who was he and why was he so familiar to me? I was unable to solve the puzzle.
Seeing me so much perplexed and confused he introduced himself to me.
“I am from England. My name is Gulliver, Gulliver the traveler.”
His words “My name is Gulliver, Gulliver the traveler” stunned me completely for a moment and thereafter I was filled with feelings of great pleasure mixed with surprise. The great voyager of the eighteen century was standing before me, after crossing all barriers of time and space. I looked at the face of the great traveler with wonder and awe, who had traveled through so many strange lands, i.e. the land of the Giants, the land of the pigmies and many other lands, full of dangers, mysteries and adventures. The great traveler, whom I had admired, adorned and worshipped as my hero for so many years of my life, since my childhood, was actually standing before me, in all of his glory, splendor and greatness.
But, what he was doing in that Jungle of India, I pondered with wonder. But I did not ask any question to him.
A few minutes later, he himself solved the mystery. After hesitating for some time, Gulliver put his hand in the pocket of his jacket and pulled out something from the pocket and placed it on the palm of his other hand. I was again wonderstruck for the second time, when I looked at the palm of his hand. A very little human being about six inches tall, was standing on the palm of his hand, and was looking at me with a fixed gaze, with a twinkle in his eyes and with a smile on his tiny face.
Seeing my curiosity, Gulliver told me, “He is Mr. Johny, my little friend from Lilliput, when I came back from Lilliput to England; he came with me as he was very anxious and inquisitive to see outside world of full sized human beings. But after passing some years in England, he became homesick and started feeling uneasy, awkward unfit and maladjusted in our world. With his littleness, he could not live amongst us; the normal sized human beings and could not adjust himself to the bigness of we human beings. So, he started longing to be among his own sized people. Therefore, both of us started on a voyage to Lilliput, but could not reach there. So, for many years, we went on traveling from one place to other, on the sea as well as on the lands, in search of Lilliput, but in vain. During our last voyage, an old sailor told us that he had heard from some travelers from the east that there is a very strange country somewhere within India, in which such people live as are equal to Lilliputians in their smallness. He told us that the said country is surrounded by thick jungles and big mountains on all sides and even Indians do not know anything about that country which is inhabited by small people. After knowing about that country, we stopped our search for Lilliput and decided to go to that country, thinking that little Johny may feel at home in that country, among those small people, So, we started our journey to India to find out the said hidden land of little people and have traveled across India to this part of the country. The said country is said to be existing somewhere in this part of India.”
“The littleness could be such a big burden and curse also”, I thought while listening to the story as told by Gulliver to me.”
“So, this time I have not come out on a travel for the sake of riches or adventure, but on a sacred mission to find out a suitable place for the little creature, where he could live happily and could feel homely with all his littleness”, Gulliver added after a pause.
All of my weariness and frustration disappeared within seconds, when I watched little Johny, who looked like living toy to me. I was much amused to see the movements of his small hands and small legs and to hear his whisper like shrieks. When he showed his capabilities by running and jumping and by performing some acrobatic feats of somersaults, it seemed to me as if some caterpillar of big size was walking and running and jumping on the ground. I burst into laughter when, after completing his acrobats, Mr. Johny took off his hat and bowed to me. Mr. Johny became very friendly and familiar to me in a very short period.
After telling about the purpose of his travel to India, Gulliver enquired from me about myself and about my wandering in such a thick and horrible jungle. I told my story to Gulliver, with tears in my eyes. After listening to my story very patiently and sympathetically, Gulliver told me that in fact, they were also lost in the jungle, but they were not discouraged or disappointed and they were hoping to find out the way, which would take them outside the jungle. He offered to help me and assured me to take me along them out of the jungle.
After thinking for a while, I decided to bank upon Gulliver fully and accepted his offer and accepted him as my guide, mentor and as my teacher and tutor. My dear reader, it was a right and a very correct decision on my part. Had I decided not to join the company of Gulliver and Had I decided to find out my way myself alone, I would have perished in the jungle. But the fate was very kind to me. I met with Gulliver in the jungle, who with his indomitable spirit, wisdom and courage, showed the right path to me, during the coming days, which proved to be very trying and testing and tumultuous. Gulliver, all of a sudden, appeared before me like an “Avtar” and saved and protected my life like that of a child and thereafter disappeared from my life, as if he was sent to help and save me during these horrible and nightmarish days of life, which were to come, under some secret design by the lady Destiny. The feeling of his presence filled me with a sense of security, which gave me much courage and strength to face difficulties and finally I came out as a victorious person.
Gulliver was having a map with him, which was engraved on leather of some animal and was, as he told me later on, given to him by the old sailor, who told him about the country of little people. The path, which could lead to that country, was grooved on that map. Gulliver studied that map with the help of his compass very carefully for hours and hours, but the jungle was so thick and dense that in spite of all of his skills, he could not find out the right passage. But, Gulliver never gave way to disappointment and continued with his search to find out the path. We were amidst such a difficult situation, when another trouble fell upon us. One day, a heard of wolves saw us. On seeing us, the wolves rushed towards us, howling and growling in a very menacing manner. In order to save our lives we started running towards one side of the jungle, without knowing in which direction we were going. The wolves continued to chase us. So, we also continued to run, although we were exhausted extremely. After running for a long distance, we found that we had come out of the jungle and that there was a high mountain in front of us. In order to save our lives, we climbed up that mountain. We reached at the top of the mountain, and looked at the other side of the mountain. The sight of the other side filled us with a feeling of great wonder and amazement. There was a very deep valley on the other side of the mountain. The shape of the valley was like the shape of a sparrow. A very beautiful country was visible in the valley, which was spread over the whole of the valley. The valley was shining in the golden rays of the sun, which was about to set. It was looking, as if the whole of the valley was made of the gold. We stood spellbound by the sheer magical beauty of that land, the sight of which has left us dumb and speechless.
A sweet aromatic wind was blowing upwards from that wonderland, which hypnotized us. The melodious voice of chirping of birds, which was coming out from the valley, enchanted us and it looked to us as if the valley was drawing us towards it, as if with some invisible magical string. It appeared to us, as if the heaven itself had descended upon the earth, in the shape of that beautiful country.
Suddenly, Gulliver started shouting with excitement, “Yes, I recognize it. This is the country; we were looking for, for the past so many years. This is the land where little people like Lilliputians are said to be residing. At last, we found it.”
A very fast hustle and bustle started in the pocket of the Gulliver. The words of Gulliver had excited the little Johny very much and he wanted to see that land himself. Understanding his feelings, Gulliver drew him out of his pocket and placed him on the palm of his other hand. Little Johny stated jumping and tossing about, with joy, on the palm of Gulliver, on seeing that beautiful Goldenland.
After a few moments of ecstasy and excitement, we cooled down. Gulliver put Mr. Johny back in his pocket and we started looking for some passage for getting down the mountain. On that side the mountain was very steep and straight and there was no passage on that side for going down into the valley. It was very difficult to get down on that side of the mountain. We looked down carefully. We found that a river was flowing very close to the foot of the mountain, which was flowing into the golden valley. When we were thinking of finding some way to get down on that side, we heard howls of wolves behind us. We looked back; the wolves had reached behind us and were ready to pounce upon us. Then, at that crucial time, we were left with no other alternatives to save our lives, except to jump down into the river. But, out of fear and perplexity, I could not dare to jump down. Seeing this, Gulliver caught hold of my hand and plunged into the river along with me. Dear reader, by doing so, Gulliver had saved my life for the second time. Had there been a delay of even one moment in my jumping down into the river, the wolves would have torn me into many little pieces.
We had fallen into the river from a great height and the water in the river was also flowing at very high speed. So, we could not swim and could not get out of the river. We started flowing helplessly in the river, along with the strong tumbling currents of water. The speed of river slowed down, after covering a few miles, after it had entered into the planes of the golden valley. The currents of water became more and more sober and pacified. We started endeavoring to swim towards the shores of the river and finally we succeeded in getting out of the river, although with much labor and difficulty. As soon as, I came out of the river, the thoughts of little Johny flashed through my mid. The wretched dwarf might have drowned in the river and might have died, I thought with much fear and despair. Gulliver also seemed to be worried about him. But, when Gulliver pulled him out of his pocket, both of us felt relieved as well as surprised greatly, as little Johny was alive, though he seemed to have gulped a lot of water. He had remained submerged in the water of river in the pocket of Gulliver, for a long time, yet had managed to survive. I was astonished to see the capacity of little man to fight and survive against big odds.
After finding him safe and sound, I and Gulliver fell down on the sandy shores of river, as the struggle in the river had sucked all of our energy. But, even in such a bad plight, we were overwhelmed with joy, as we had reached into the beautiful land of little people, which had been the destination of Gulliver, for the past so many years.
Chapter – 3
By the time, we recovered, the sun had already set in and darkness had engulfed the whole of the valley. Although, we were very eager to meet the fortunate inhabitants of that Goldenland, yet due to darkness, we decided to pass that night on the shores of the river. I was much tired, yet the sleep was miles away from my eyes. Lying on the sandy bank of the river, with my face towards the sky, which was full of bright twinkling stars, I looked into the unfathomable depth of the cosmos, brooding about my future. I could not foresee, at that time, what type of web, the damsel destiny was weaving around for me. I thought about my old parents, whom I had left far behind in the village, who would be waiting and hoping for my return to the home, one day. The thoughts of my parents brought tears in my eyes. Would I be ever able to meet my parents again? Such questions haunted my mind and disturbed me very much and kept me awaken. But, I failed to find out any answer to such questions and ultimately decided to throw myself in the hands of Gulliver. My that decision somewhat lessoned my tension and disturbance and slowly and slowly, I plunged into the ocean of sleep.
I awoke late in the morning. The sun had already arisen and it was sun shine all around in the valley. Gulliver and Johny were already awoken and were waiting for me awake. After my awaking, we discussed our future plans. Gulliver decided firstly to go to some human settlement of that get out of the country and after getting Johny settled there to find out some way to get out the valley and to go back to India. I readily agreed to the said plan of Gulliver, as the beauty, mystery and riches of that country were drawing me towards them. I thought, if I would be able to earn some gold there, it would change the whole of my life and the lives of my parents.
After finalizing our plans, we stood up and looked around, for finding out some passage for going to some human settlement of that country. There was a big jungle on that side of the river, where we were standing. The jungle was starting from a small distance from the bank of the river. Soon, we succeeded in locating a small track, made by human feet, which was starting from bank of the river and was going into the jungle, to some population of that country, which might be residing across the jungle. We started moving on the track. When we were about to enter into the jungle, I hesitated for few moments. The memories of my previous journey into the jungle flashed through my mind and caused a shiver in my spine. But, soon I overcame my fear, as at that time I was not alone and Gulliver was with me. So, I entered the jungle with courage and without any kind of fear or hesitation.
It was totally a different jungle. There was no similarity between it and the Indian jungle. There were no wild animals in that jungle. The birds were singing in their melodious voices and the jungle was full of fragrance. There were many fruit bearing trees on the both sides of the track. We had not taken anything in the morning as all of the eatables Gulliver had with him, had drowned in the river. So, we plucked some fruits from the trees and ate those very delicious fruits to the full of our stomachs. The passing through that jungle proved to be like a pleasure trip. We walked through the jungle in a very joyous and exuberant mood.
Little Johny was sitting on the shoulder of Gulliver. After sometime, he expressed his desire to sit on my shoulder, to which both of us agreed readily. Gulliver shifter him on to my shoulder and placed him near my ear. To my astonishment, the small person was very heavy in comparison to his size. He caught hold of the collar of my shirt very firmly and started talking with me in a very thin but very shrill voice. In fact, he was a very talkative person. He told me many stories and many new things about the cultural, the social and the political matters of Lilliput. The matters and the things, about which he spoke with so much pride and arrogance, were considered to be very wrong, cheap and immoral in our India. He told me about the intrigues and the conspiracies and about the mischievous and wicked deeds, in which Lilliputians indulged in their day to day life, with a great excellence and perfection. The conversation of Mr. Johny changed my views about the Lilliputians. Before that, I had much respect for Lilliputians, whom I used to consider people of very good and high virtues. But the talk of little Johny aroused feelings of hatred and abhorrence in my mind for the Lilliputians.
Gulliver also told many stories to me about his famous travels, especially about his travel to Lilliput, the land of six inches tall mankind. He told me many new things about his travels and about the countries which he had seen during his those travels. About which I had not heard before. He told me that human beings, both in their giantness as well as in their littleness, were very wicked, dangerous and treacherous persons and that it was a boon to be born as a normal human being, which was possible only in our lands.
Gulliver told me further that he was very shy to tell about his travels to other people except his closest friend Mr. Jonathan Swift, who in spite of protest of Gulliver, wrote about his travels, in order to immortalize his adventures and to provide guidelines to the travelers of coming generations, so that they would be able to travel against odds, through strange people and strange lands successfully with much courage, determination and safety.
But the mentioning of the name of Jonathan Swift, somewhat saddened his mood. Gulliver stated with much anguish and pain in his voice that although he had requested his friend to narrate the true and correct version of his travels in the book, yet he added some imaginary and fictitious episodes in the book. Gulliver stated further that Swift might have done it in good faith, with an intention to make the story of his travels more interesting, but it had brought blemish and had name to his character also. Giving an example, Gulliver told me that when the palace of queen of Lilliput caught fire during his stay in Lilliput, he did no extinguish its fire with his urine. Rather, he told me, that he brought water in his mouth and sprinkled over the palace and the fire was extinguished. Similarly, he stated, when during the parade, the soldiers of Lilliput passed in between under his legs, they never looked upward and never laughed upon Gulliver. After giving the said examples, Gulliver hurriedly added that although due to inclusion of such false episodes in the book, he felt much ashamed, yet it had not affected his friendship with Jonathan Swift adversely and had not diminished his love and reverence for his great writer friend. After hearing his complaint, I tried to console him by telling him that inclusion of such incidents had not tarnished his image in any manner and rather it had increased the fun and interest of the story of his travels and that addition of such episodes is one of the most important tools of a master story teller. My words made much impact on the mind of Gulliver and I succeeded in removing his grudge against Mr. Jonathan Swift for including said episodes in the book.
By the afternoon, we crossed the jungle, talking and conversing with each other, in a very playful manner. Thereafter, after covering a few more miles, in the planes, we reached near a groove. Smoke was going above from behind the trees. At last we had reached near a human habitat of that country. My heart started throbbing with great pleasure and happiness. Gulliver and little Johny also became very anxious. So, we started moving towards the groove at a very fast pace.
Chapter – 4
We reached behind the groove, within a few minutes. There was a village behind the trees. We received a very severe shock, when we saw the village. It was a very dirty village. The houses of village were very small, filthy and shabby and were made of mud and straws and were in the shape of ruins. It appeared to us, whatever we had seen from the top of the mountain was a delusion of our eyes, caused by the height and the distance. It had, in fact, proved to be a very nightmarish delusion. Everything was appearing to be quite contrary to what we had seen from the top of mountain.
When we entered the village, we did not meet any inhabitant of the village. The streets of the village were desolates. Perhaps, the inhabitants of the village had gone out of the village into the fields for doing their work. We knocked at the door of a house, which was bolted from inside. In the answer, we heard sound of footsteps of some person coming towards the door from inside. A few seconds later, that person opened the door. When we saw that person, a very cold chilling sensation passed through out spinal cords. A very strange and obnoxious female animal was standing before us. The said strange animal had the body of human beings, but had the face of a dog and she was having a tail like that of a dog. She was wearing rags. On seeing us, she shrieked in a very loud voice and started shouting, “Save, Save!!”, “Human Beings, Human Beings!!” Her shouts attracted many male and female creatures of same type at the spot. They were also wearing rags. They started growling and started gnashing their teeth at us. It was a very horrible sight. We wanted to flee from there, but we could not do so, as our legs and feet had become jammed totally. Those animals pounced upon us and started beating and biting us with their teeth. They wounded us very badly and we fell down upon the ground. They dragged us to a Chowk, which was situated in the middle of the village. There was a big Bunyan tree in the middle of the Chowk.
There was a big round earthen Dias around said tree. Those strange animals tied us with the stem of that tree with ropes. After tying us, they started consulting with one another, while standing at a short distance from us. They were speaking in a very low voice, so we could not hear what they were talking about. After some time, when their consultations were over, one of them went away, somewhere, outside the village.
Blood was oozing from our wounds and we were crying with pain. Our clothes were torn very badly. Besides, we were thirsty also, but none of the said animals gave us water, in spite of our cries for the water. We remained tied with the tree, during the whole of the rest of the day. Many animals remained coming to see us from near and far off villages. Females were coming in small groups to see. They would stand at a short distance from us and would start growling at us. Some of them, who were more daring would come near us and would bite us. Many of them, who could not dare to come near us, paltered stones at us, from a distance.
Dear reader, we were in a very sad, sorrowful, disgraceful and ridiculous plight. In our country, which is inhabited by us human beings, if we would catch some dangerous wild animal, people would start coming to see that catch from near and far off places and would try to scare their children by showing that animal to them, in order to put them under fear , to wake them obey their order and directions. But there, in that country, our position was totally opposite. Those despicable creatures had caught us and we were providing a good show to them, Female animals showed us to their children and told them that they would throw them in front of us, if they would not obey their parents. The children stood behind their mothers, with their fingers in their dog like mouths, while looking at us with awe and surprise. This continued till evening.
The animal that had gone away after catching us came back to the village in the evening. Another animal also came along with him. That animal was having a very rigid, harsh, crafty, cunning and cruel look on his face. He was having very strong and formidable jaws and his teeth were very long and sharp. The nails of fingers of his hands and feet’s were dirty, clumsy and were also very long and sharp. He was a very dreadful and ghastly creature. He was wearing dusky brown colored cap on his head. He was a cop of that country. On seeing him, all animals of the village started waiving their tails. He cast a very amorous look at the female animals of the village, who upon that, out of fear, closed themselves, at once, behind the doors of their houses. Upon seeing us, the cop animal growled in a very terrifying manner and jumped upon us, with all of his fury. He thrashed us with his baton very harshly and kicked us in our stomachs very forcefully. He abused us incessantly and shouted “Human Being in my area. How did you dare to enter into the village?”
He stopped only after he went out of breath, after crushing us like an empty paper box. Even in such a bad state of things, we felt some relief as no one had searched the pockets of Gulliver, up to that time and little Johny had remained safe and sound, during the whole of the episode.
The presence of the cop animal had very sinister effect on the minds of the inhabitants of that village. There remained a complete silence and stillness in the village, till he remained there. The animals of the village remained shivering with fears and remained waiving their tails incessantly before him during his stay in the village.
After onset of the darkness, we were untied upon the orders of the cop-animal. He put handcuffs in our hands and started dragging, us on a passage going out of the village.
We remained walking on foot for several miles. At about midnight, we reached in a city. The cop-animal took us directly to the court complex of the city. We were astonished to see that the court was being held in that country, in the darkness of nights. The advocates were practicing and showing their skills and were pleading their cases in the darkness. The judge was also hearing and deciding the cases in the darkness. The advocates were called “Brokers” in that country and they had to get training and thereafter a license in the science of tout-ism, before starting their practice as an advocate. They were very skillful person and were masters of their professions. They used to practice as advocates in the court at nights and used to act as touts in the bazaar of whores during the day time. When we entered into the court compound, many advocates, sorry, many brokers surrounded us and started searching our pockets for money. Everyone of them was praising himself and was boasting about his skills of tout-ism and broker-ship and was representing himself to be very close to the judge and was assuring to procure a good order for us at a very cheap rate, on a lesser rate of commission. When they did not find any money in our pockets, they went back while abusing and cursing us.
The cop-animal produced us before the judge in the courtroom and started waiving his tail while standing in a corner of the court room. The judge was sitting on a throne like chair on a Dias with many kinds of readymade orders displayed on the table, lying before him. He was hungry and was eating and was deciding the cases while eating. He was a very fatty and ugly animal and was wearing spectacles of thick glasses and seemed to be a big glutton and a very peevish animal. It was a very queer and strange scene in the court room. Some of the advocates, who were wearing ladies dresses, were dancing in the court room, before the Dias of the judge and were trying to appease him. Out of them, a few bold ones were even daring to climb on the Dias to give kisses o the judge, by forcibly putting their cheeks on the lips of the judge. They were actually ready to do anything, on the asking of the judge to please him. Some of them had even brought their wives to the court room to assist them in the dancing and to assist them in pleasing and cheering up the judge. Some of the advocates were wearing the cloaks of the clowns and jesters and were doing acts of buffoonery to gladden the judge and were singing songs in his raise to flatter him. But, the judge was not in a good mood, despite all efforts of advocate and was chiding, rebuking, insulting and abusing the advocates, who were bearing all the idiocy and vulgarity of the judge, with a smile on their faces.
Soon, our case was started and it was in the court room that we came to know that human beings were considered to be a very dangerous species in that country and to be a human being was considered as a very serious crime in that country. But, to move freely by the human beings in that country was treated as even more heinous and sinister crime. In that country, either human beings were kept in prisons or were kept as slaves in the houses of those animals. The human beings who were more humane were considered to be more dangerous and were used to be killed in that country.
The judge after hearing the charge leveled upon us proceeded to pass sentence upon us. At that critical moment, the advice of Mr. Johny which he whispered in the ear of Gulliver stealthily, came very handy to us and saved our lives. In fact, we had to admit in our hearts that the little person had some inherent power to understand the true nature and real character of the inhabitants of that country. Upon his advice, Gulliver under the pretence of touching feet of the judge for seeking apology and for making an appeal for mercy, went to the Dias and slipped some gold coins in the hand of the judge through under the table. Later on, I came to know that Gulliver was having some gold coins with him, which he had kept hidden, in a secret pocket of his dress for using them in some difficult situation. The gold had its magic in that country also. The mood of the judge changed at one and his face started glowing even in the darkness. What the advocates had failed to do despite best display of their skills of advocacy, the gold coins had done that within a friction of time and had made the judge very happy and cheerful. Instead of convicting us, he pardoned and acquitted us, directing us to mend ourselves and in future to convert ourselves into animals like inhabitants of that country. He passed an order by which he directed us to get teeth of dogs affixed in our mouths and to get tails affixed on our posteriors, so as to look and behave like Jantoos. The judge warned us, in the order, not to try to become like human beings or to behave like human beings, in future. What a strange country that was, in which the animals were masters of the lives and fate of human beings, I thought with wonder.
After getting a copy of the order of the judge, we came out of the court. By that time, it had already been the dawn.
Having orders of the judge with us, we were free to go anywhere in that country. After making consultation with each other, we decided to get out of that cursed country as soon as possible. I was frightened very much and was longing for going back to India immediately and to see my parents again. We thought it proper to know the view of Johny also. When Gulliver put his hand in his pocket to bring Johny out, his face turned pale with shock and sorrow. Little Johny was not inside the pocket. He was with us in the court room up to the time when he gave advice to Gulliver. He might have fallen down, thereafter, in the court room, accidentally. We rushed back to the court room. The court room was bathed with the rays of the rising sun, but it was totally desolate, as nobody was therein at the time. We looked for little Johny beneath and above the chair of the Judge and in every part of the court room and court compound, but Johny was not there. We ran from one place to the other in the whole of the city till noon, to find out Mr. Johny, but there was no sign of little man anywhere. We had lost Mr. Johny somewhere in that city. Because of tiredness we could not walk any more. So, we sat down on the footpath of a road, worrying about the safety of poor little guy, who could be crushed under the foot of any inhabitant of that country accidentally or even they could deliberately kill Johny after spotting him. We cancelled our decision to get out of that country and decided to remain in that country till we could find out the little Johny. In order to stay in that country, we were required to wear the look of the inhabitants of that country, as had been ordered by the judge. We were, first of all, required to purchase artificial teeth and tails of the dogs. So, we stood up and moved towards the market of that city.
Chapter – 5
Soon, we reached in the market of the city. There was a great hustle and bustle in the market, but the market was closed. Doors of all shops and stores were locked. We thought that the market could be closed for lunch and that the shops would be opened soon, after the lunch period. We sat down in the verandah of a shop, in front of its closed door and started waiting for the opening of the market. But, when no shop of the market was opened, even after a long time, we enquired from an inhabitant of that city who was passing by, about the time of opening of the market. He looked at us with contempt and told us to go to the backside of the shops. When we went to the backside of the market, we were surprised to see that the back doors of all shops and stores were open and customers were entering into the shops through back doors for purchasing the things.
We also entered into a shop from back door and bought two artificial sets of teeth and two artificial tails of dogs. The shopkeeper told us that the teeth and tail were to be fitted and affixed by the doctor. So, we went to the Government hospital of the city for getting the teeth affixed in our mouths and for getting tails planted on our posteriors, when we reached the Hospital, we found its front gate was also closed. So, we went to the backside of the Hospital. As we expected, its back door was open. Later on, we came to know that in that country, the front doors of all shops, hospitals, Government offices and all other institutions were always kept closed and only their back door were kept open. Their front doors were opened only for ministers, big leader, officers and other important animals and for their wives and other family members, whereas the common Jantoos had to seek back door entries everywhere.
We entered into the hospital through back door and started waiting for the doctor to attend upon us. But the doctor was very busy as he was drinking tea and playing cards with the nurses. When the game of the doctor with the nurses continued for a long time and its end did not appear to be coming soon, Gulliver remembered the advice of little Johny and applied the same old trick and put some gold coins in the pocket of the doctor. After getting gold coins, the doctor followed Gulliver waiving his tail. Before turning us into animals, the doctor asked us to show some order of the court, permitting that type of transformation. Gulliver handed over the order of the Judge to the doctor. But, then a new problem cropped up before us. The doctor refused to act upon the order of the judge, saying that it was not a valid order, as it was yet to be approved and confirmed by the police chief of the city, as required under the law of that strange country.
Therefore, we had to go to the office of the police chief of the city, to get the order of the court confirmed. Two cops were standing in front of the back door of the office of the police chief. They looked very uncivilized, untamed and brutal animals. Whenever we tried to get into the office of the police chief, they chased us away every time, with their big sticks. Finally, Gulliver, again repeated the same trick with the gold coins and guards, after pocketing the coins, allowed us to go into the office of the police chief, with a smile on their faces. The police chief was sitting behind a very big table and was having a very fiendish, cruel and contemptuous look on his face. By that time, Gulliver had become wiser, so he, before saying anything placed some gold coins on the table of the police chief. The site of gold, at once changed the face impression of the police chief and he listened to our problem very attentively and patiently. But after going through contents of order of the court, he asked us to produce a certificate issued by the head animal of the village, from where we were arrested, in proof of our permanent address and permanent place of residence. He told us that he could not confirm the order of the court, unless we would produce the said certificate. But, we were afraid of going back to that village, so we requested the police chief to confirm and pass the order of the court, without production of the said certificate. Upon that, the expression of the face of the police chief again change and he became very furious and ordered his guards to throw us out of his office, who carried out his order immediately. We stood up cursing the nature and character of the police chief, who refused to do our work even after receiving gold coins. There was a great difference of attitude and behavior of the cops of that country and policemen of our India, I mused after comparing the working of the police of the both countries. The policemen in our country always do the work whether legal or illegal after getting money. There is so much honesty in them.
We walked all the way back to the village, from where we were caught and arrested, with much fear and apprehension in our minds. But our fear and apprehensions proved to be false. The inhabitants of the village did not attack us that time, though; they remained looking at us with a feeling of enmity and hostility. We met the head animal of the village, in his house, which was the only worth living house in the village. We told him about our problem. The head animal listened to our problem very patiently and sympathetically. After listening to our problem, he showed his readiness to issue the certificate, demanded by the police chief, but showed his inability to do so immediately, on the pretext that the ink sent by the Govt. to him, for doing such governmental works, had dried up and that he would send his request to the government to send governmental water to him for re-liquefying the dried ink. He asked us to wait for, till the Governmental water would be supplied by the Government to him and further offered us to save us to save us from the boredom and torture of waiting, with a cunning smile on his face, by allowing us to keep busy ourselves in the meantime, in the work, in his fields. Gulliver, who had, by that time, understood the working of the system of Government machinery of that country fully, gave a gold coin to the head animal. The head animal, after receiving the coin, spit into the Governmental inkpot, in order to re-liquefy the ink. But his spit was not sufficient to liquefy the ink sufficiently. Seeing this, he put some drops of his urine in the inkpot, which re-liquefied the ink up to the right degree and he issued the certificate with the re-liquefied ink. With the issuing of the certificate by the head animal, we became permanent residents of that village, the name of which happened to be Happy villa, which appeared to be very familiar to me.
Thereafter, we again went to the city, to the office of the police chief, who after seeing the certificate ordered his secretary to issue letter of confirmation of the order of the judge, to us. The secretary told us that the paper, on which the letter of confirmation was to be written, was not available in the office at that time and he asked us to meet him after one month. Gulliver well understood the meaning of the words of the secretary and so parted with his last gold coin. After receiving his share, the secretary drew paper from the drawer of his table and wrote the letter approving and confirming the order of the court. He got it signed from the police chief and handed over it to us. Thus, ultimately, we had a valid order of the court in our favor, duly approved and confirmed by the police chief of the city.
After seeing the confirmation letter, the doctor, who had already got his share, asked us to put off our rags and to become naked, we did so very hesitatingly. After that the doctor took our rags and put them in the drawer of his table very carefully. After we had become naked, the doctor affixed the teeth of the dogs in our mouths and planted the tails on our posteriors, with a paste which made us exactly look like inhabitants of that country. But, my dear reader, our teeth and tails were artificial, so both of them did not work and always failed us, in the moments of need.
At least, we had succeeded becoming or rather looking alike animals of that country. But, we had to pay a very high price for that. In the process for our transformation from human beings to animals, Gulliver had to lose all of the gold coins he had. After becoming animals, we came out of the hospital, as naked and penniless as the common animals of that country were.
WAR OF THE DOG
When we came out of the hospital, there was a great hue and cry and stampede on the road. The animals were running towards one direction and were shouting “Kill him, Kill him”. The running and shouts of these animals filled our hearts with fear. It came into our mind that they might have spotted little Johny somewhere and that they were shouting to kill him. In a state of bafflement and be-wilderment, with fear in our minds, we also started running with those animals into that direction, with a hope that we might succeed in saving Johny in one or the other way. Running with those animals, we reached in an open ground, in which a big crowd stood in front of some one. The crowd was shouting hysterically “Kill him, Kill him”. “Do not let him go”. We made our way through the crowd with great difficulty and succeeded in reaching in the front line of the crowd. We felt greatly relieved, when we found that it was not Johny, but a dog that was standing on the other side of the crowd. The animals had gathered there to kill the dog, but none out of the crowd had courage to go near the dog. Ultimately, a few young animals came forward out of the crowd, to fight with the dog. They were boasting and posing to be very brave and strong animals. Before, going into the battlefield, they embraced their friends and relatives. Young female animals performed their “Aarti” and prayed to the God for their victory and thereafter put garlands around their necks. The warriors touched the feet of the elders and after seeking their blessings moved towards the dog, with shaking legs. The dog barked loudly on seeing them, as if to give challenge to them. On hearing the roar of the dog, the young warriors ran back, out of the fear to save their lives. Some of them even made water, while they were running back. On encouragement from the crowd, they gathered some courage and again attacked the dog. The dog jumped upon them and gave bite on the arm of one warrior and chewed the leg of the other with his teeth. Both of them fell down on the ground and the rest of them again ran back. Now, it was a very serious and dangerous situation. Both of the wounded warriors were lying in the battlefield and were crying with pain. The dog was standing near them, with the glory and splendor of a lion. Then, the crowd made a plan and hatched a conspiracy to defeat the dog. Two young animals went behind the back side of the dog, through a side passage and from there, started walking on their arms and feet, like real dogs, towards the dog. The dog turned his head backwards and saw them. Both of them were looking like real dogs. The mistook them for his brothers and became careless towards them and started looking towards the crowd. Standing in front of him at a distance, some of the animals started making fake movement towards the dog, by feigning to attack him. The dog could not see through their trick and was deceived and fell into their trap very easily and became more attentive towards the crowd, towards his front side. Meanwhile, the two warriors walking on their hands and legs reached behind the dog and attacked him suddenly. The dog was not ready for that and due to sudden attack from the backside; fell down on the ground. The crowd attacked the fallen dog from the front side. The dog tried to stand up, but he could not face such a big crowd and ultimately fell a pray to the deceitful and treacherous way of the inhabitants of that country and was finally killed. There were no dogs in that country. The inhabitants of that country hated dogs just as they hate human beings.
Chapter – 6
After becoming animals like the inhabitants of that country, we could live in that country, without any kind of fear and we could move freely anywhere in that country. We made a thorough search for little Johny in all parts of that city and thereafter in the nearby villages and towns and even in the surrounding Jungles, but he was nowhere. When we could not find him anywhere, we started fearing that he might have perished by that time. But, we did not give way to despair and continued with our search for finding Johny, hoping that he might have survived against the odds and that one day, we might hear something about him. In the process, we had to stay in the country for a very long period. During our stay in that country, which was compelled by the circumstances, we learnt many things about the social, economical, religious and political life of that country.
The name of that country was Indiput, which was inhabited by those animals, who called themselves as Jantoos. The name of the capital of Indiput was Rajpur, which looked quite familiar to me. We could not ascertain, even from the direction of starts, on what side of India, Indiput was situated. We could not even ascertain whether it was situated at some place within India or was situated at a place outside India. So, I cannot tell exact location of Indiput. But one thing was very much clear that there might have remained some kind of connection between the civilizations of both countries and at some or other juncture of time and that link or connection might have come to an end, with the passage of time. There were many points of similarities between the two civilizations. For example, the names of cities, towns, and inhabitants of Indiput and many words of the language of Indiput were similar to those of the language of India. But at that time, when we traveled to Indiput and lived therein, Indiputians know nothing about India and the other outside countries. We, Indians and residents of other countries of the world also knew nothing about Indiut, the land of the Jantoos. I had never heard even a single word about that strange country. It had remained aloof from our world due to its geographical position, that is, due to steep and high mountains, surrounding the valley on all sides.
Except, the names of things and the names of Indiputians and some words of the language of Indiput, there was no other points of similarity between the two countries. We saw a very strange thing there. The hands of the clocks of that country were moving in the backward direction.
Indiput was a country of animals. Human beings had no place in it. In Indiput, the human beings were considered as very inferior, uncivilized, underdeveloped and barbarian creatures. So, the Indiputians were hating and disliking the human beings very much. As, I had stated earlier, the human beings were either kept in prisons or were made slaves in that country. Human beings were not free in that country and those, who were considered as more humans, were even used to be killed in Indiput.
The inhabitants of Indiput, who were called Jantoos, were considering themselves as descendents of gods. They were considering themselves to be a very civilized, advanced and a most developed race of moralists, having a very high character. They were considering themselves to be the most perfect and best creatures of the world. Zoologically, they called themselves as “Homo superiors” and they considered themselves to be superior to the race of “Homo-Sapiens” i.e. us human beings. The zoologists and scholars of Indiput were divided on the theory of origin of their race. Some of the zoologists of the country were of the opinion that they were born superior as “Homo superiors” from the very beginning. Others were of the view that they were “Homo Sapiens” in the beginning and that by the process of evolution; they had passed the stage of Homo-Sapiens and had developed into a most perfect race from the race of uncivilized man shaped “Homo-Sapiens”. Thus a controversy was going on in Indiput between the Indiputians regarding their coming into the present form and shape. Dear reader, it can be a very interesting point of investigation for the scholars of our country and other countries of the world, also.
Although the Jantoos considered their race to be a very superior race, but the reality was quite opposite. Theirs was a very inferior, uncivilized, undeveloped race of fallen creatures. The Indiputians were very despicable creatures, having no moral values. They were mean, selfish and crooked creatures. They were unprincipled, dishonest and mischievous people. They were very corrupt and shameless. They were very treacherous, wicked and characterless creatures, but they were very religious.
There were millions of very splendid and gorgeious temples for the worship of God in Indiput. There was at least one templ in every street in that country, although there were no houses from millions of Jantoos, who were forced to live like crawling creatures on the footpaths of big cities. But, it was very sad that those magnificent temples always remained vacant and empty and god never came to reside in those temples. The stupid brutes were thinking that there might be some structural defect in their temples and that that was the reason why the God was not coming to reside into their temples. They never thought that the God was annoyed and displeased with them due to their low and mean acts and deeds.
The Indiputians were very proudly and vainly creatures. The fools consider their country as a very great, prosperous, and rich and a very developed country. But, in reality, Indiput was a very poor, underdeveloped and a very inferior country, which the Jantoos had made a burning inferno, by their acts and deeds. In fact Indiput had become a country of thieves, robbers, cheats and crooks, who were, in fact, useless and worthless creatures.
The Indiputians were super brats. They used to indulge in self flattery by concocting false stories of greatness about themselves and about their ancestors. They used to consider all their mythical stories as true and real stories. They used to made tall claims about the achievements and greatness of their ancestors, who were below than ordinary and average persons and were infact, as worthless as Jantoos themselves were. They had a very strange habit of a claiming every new invention to had been made by their ancestors, in a very absurd manner. For example, when Atom Bomb was invented, the Indiputians started claiming that their ancestors already had atom bombs, where were in shape of arrows carrying fire, whereas, their ancestors even did not know that what atom was! Similarly, when a test tube baby was developed, they started saying that their ancestors already knew about the test tube babies. To prove their claim, they used to recite very strange stories of a king, whose wife, instead of giving birth to a child, gave birth to a lump of flesh. When they were about to throw the same, a saint came and asked them to divide it into small pieces and to put each piece into a Pitcher, full of butter and to tie the mouth of each Pitcher with a piece of cloth and then to wait for nine months. The king did the same things and after nine months, when the pitchers were opened every small piece of flesh had developed into a baby. They called those imaginary children to be the first test tube babies of the world. The said story, thought very interesting and amusing, was a story without any logic or basis. But the Indiputians considered that story to be a true and correct story. Whenever any new medicine would be invented, they would boast that, that was already known to their ancestors. They used to feel very proudly about the old indigenous system of medicine to be very perfect and used to consider it as a very great system of medicine. Whereas, it in fact, was a very crude, raw and undeveloped system of medicine.
The language of that country though seemingly in Dev Nagri script, was a very strange language. The meanings of the words in Indiput were totally opposite to those in India. In that country, the truth was called falsehood and falsehood was called truth. The inhabitants of Indiput used to call honesty as dishonesty and dishonesty as honesty. In that country, the gentle jantoos were called the rascals and the rascals were called gentle jantoos. The bribery was called in that country as fees or the presents. As I have stated earlier, the common jantoos of that country used to remain naked, But the Govt. officers and other important jantoos were privileged class and used to wear rags.
There were double standards of measurements, in Indiput.
The main source of income and living in Indiput was business and trading. Everything could be sold and could be purchased in that country. The most profitable business in Indiput was that of the religious trading. But, like other words, the word “religious” had also an opposite meanin in that country. According to religious tenets of that country, the virtue was called the sin and the sin was called the virtue by the Indiputians. Therefore, the traders of the religion who were called preachers in Indiput, used to sell hatred, violence, unrest and disturbance, instead of selling love, kindness, brotherhood and peace. Dear readers, we Indians are very lucky in this respect. Our holy men are worshippers of love and peace and preach tenets of brotherhood, tolerance, kindness and non-violence, instead of spreading hatred, intolerance and violence. That is why; we in India have so much of religious harmony and tolerance and peace inspite of so much communal diversity. Whereas, in Indiput religious riots used to occur every day. We Indians must thank our holy men for this and the credit must be given to them for their positive role in the society for all this.
The black marketing and bribery were the other most prominent means of earning money in Indiput. We Indians and other people of the world may not to be familiar with the words “black marketing”. It is a phenomenon, for which the trading community should be very unprincipled, dishonest, deceitful and very shameless. In fact, the traders of Indiput were full of all these traits, Black marketing was considered as a very righteous method of business therein. The traitors used to remove everything from the shelves of their shops, which used to be in demand by the general public and used to cause artificial scarcity of that thing and later on, they used to sell it secretly from their hidden stores on a double or threefold or on a very high price than its real price, through backdoors of their stores. The other benefit of that principle of that superb art of black marketing was to sell duplicate and adulterated things instead of selling the original things. The Indiputians were supreme masters of the art of duplication and adulteration. The direct result of the phenomenon of black marketing was increase in the price of all commodities as per the theory of great Indiputian economist Keens, used to provide a great incentive to the economic system of Indiput.
The rationing system was another main basis of the economic establishment of that country. According to that principles of economics, if anything used to be available in abundance, in the market openly, to the general public. The government used to intervene and used to order its sale through rationing system. In that case, only a very small friction of that thing was sold to the general public through government controlled shops on a fixed price to this ration card holders and a bio share of the total was distributed among the government officers and other subordinate officials, free of cost. The beauty of the system was that the remaining portion of the stock of that commodity was sent to the traders for selling it in the black-market on a very lucrative price. Thus, with the application of the rationing system, the economic system of Indiput was running very smoothly.
The bribery was another very important and a very charming source of income in Indiput, but it was confined only to very privileged class of citizens of Indiput called Governments servants, who were more unscrupulous and unprincipled than the traders and they were accumulating unaccountable wealth through this source of income. The private public had no access to that method of earning money.
Monarchy system had come to an end in that country long before our travel to Indiput and it had been replaced by the system of Democracy. The old kings, monarchs, princes and feudal lords had ceased to exist in that country long-long ago. They had been replaced and substituted by Government officers, who were more brutal, crueler, greedier, more vicious, more lustful and more characterless than them. The licentious stories of those govt. officers were more shameful and more disgraceful than those of the old monarchs and princes.
Although, Indiput was called a democratic country, yet the word “democracy” had a different meaning in that country than it has in our world and especially in our great India, which is the largest democracy of the world. In our beloved India, the term democracy means supremacy of common people and equality of all before law. But in Indiput, the meaning of word democracy was subordination of general public to the bureaucrats. In other words, the bureaucrats were supreme in that country.
Book called “The constitution of Indiput” was considered as the greatest character of human rights in Indiput. That book was worshipped in that country in a manner as we worship our holy books like “The Gita”, “The Bible”, and the other religious books in our world. But in reality, it was the cruelest joke played upon by the politicians and government officers of Indiput upon the general public. The constitution of Indiput, granted fundamental rights of equality of before law to all citizens of Indiput. But, like all other words, the words “right of equality” had also an opposite meaning in Indiput. Therefore, the common people had no right under the said sacred book called “The constitution of Indiput”. There was no right of equality in Indiput. The Government officials were above all laws of the land. They were not accountable to anybody, under any law, for their acts, and deeds, In fact, that class of Indiputians was sipping all the energy and resources of Indiput like parasites. They were plundering the wealth of the common masses, as well as the nation, with both hands. They were so strong and powerful that even politicians were nothing more than puppets in their hands. But the politicians were also getting their proper share out of the plunder and looting, by taking “monthly” from the Government officers.
There was a very powerful class of Jantoos among the Government servants, who were called officers of the I.A.S. cadre. The term I.A.S. stood for Indiputian Ass service. The members of this cadre used to wear a mask of an Ass, on their faces, which used to cover whole of their head, face and neck. They used to wear the Ass Mask, so as to look very simple, honest and innocent. But they looked like asses only outwardly, otherwise, inwardly; they were very cunning and treacherous persons. Their wickedness was unlimited and their capacity to exploit the whole of the nation was infinite and the whole of the nation was shaking and crying in the strong clutches of officers of I.A.S. cadre. Each of them would amass billions of rupees through bribes, commissions and other illegal measure, but none could dare to ask any question to them. Even ministers used to dance to their tunes. They could tear the law into the smallest pieces. The Government servants of Indiput were totally different from the government servants of India, who are, as we and the whole of the world knows so dutiful and honest persons of a very high character.
The public servants were called public serpents in Indiput. They were called so, because they were more poisonous than snakes and they were given a very pious duty to bite the general public. They used to have a magic wand in their hands, which would turn into a living snake on seeing the common people and would sip their energy, due to which the common Jantoos would turn into living dead animals. When those public serpents would go before their superiors, the serpents would turn into a simple stick of wood.
In Indiput, the judicial system was not independent as it is in India. The Judges were subordinate to the police officials and administrative officials of their respective areas. As I have stated earlier in this book, every order of every judge was required to be approved and confirmed by the police officials who could confirm, vary or cancel the orders of the court. Dear reader, I have never seen such a slavish and subordinate judiciary anywhere as it was in Indiput. But, so for as the corruption was concerned, the Judges could compete with any other class of Government officers.
The symbol of balanced scales was the symbol of judicial system in Indiput, as it is in India. As we know, symbol of scales stands for justice and equality as well as for trading also. Whereas, the first meaning of symbol of scales had been adopted in India, the Indiputians had adopted the second meaning of it, to show that, in Indiput, the judiciary was also a trading business. And, indeed it, was a very flourishing and lucrative trade in Indiput. Anyone could put appropriate weight in the shape of gold or money in one pan of scale and can buy order of the court. I have never seen such a disgraceful and deteriorated Judiciary, anywhere in the world, as it was in Indiput, which had touched the lowest ebb of its downfall.
In Indiput, the appointments to various posts were made on the basis of qualifications. But, qualification does not mean educational qualification or vocational ability or skill in that country. The term qualification stood for money and recommendation in that country. But, in the rotten system of that country, I and Gulliver appreciated one thing very much. For the facility of general public the chart of rates for different posts used to be displayed on the outer walls of all government offices. It was a great differentiating point between the system of India and the system of Indiput. An additional qualification of strong jaws or long tails was essential for some services.
The Indiputians were much advanced in some branches of science, especially in the field of science of constructions technology. The engineers and contractors of that country could construct building and bridges by using sand alone, in between the bricks, without using any cement. It was a great achievement of the engineers of Indiput. For the benefit and convenience of general public, shops were opened in the back portions of the government offices, for selling the cement, which was saved in the process, to the public. I have a humble suggestion for the engineers of our country, if in future any passage to Indiput is discovered, they must be sent to Indiput on deputation for learning the art of raising constructions, without using any cement. It will be of great help to an underdeveloped county like India.
Although, the Indiputians were much advanced in some branches of sciences, yet they were much backward in many other fields. They were yet to invent dry battery cells. Had they invented the dry batteries, they might have succeeded in making tails, which could be waived with battery power, by pressing some button. It would have been of great help to us and would have saved us from much trouble and inconvenience which we had to bear later on in waiving our tails.
The Indiputians were very pollution conscious. A pollution board had been established in Indiput for controlling the pollution and preserving the environment. But like all other term and phrases, the words “Controlling” and “Preserving” had also opposite meanings. So, in Indiput, it was not the duty of the pollution board to save the environment from being polluted, rather it was the duty of the board to make rules for the maximum pollution of environment and to control the level of pollution at the maximum. As per the policies of the Govt. and the pollution board, all of the govt. officials used to put maximum efforts to pollute the environment by getting trees cut and removed and getting the refuse and dirty water thrown into rivers etc. They used to inspire the general public to do so also. We came across another type of pollution in Indiput, also. That was the noise pollution, but, it was not a problem for Indiputians, as they were very fond of loud noises. For increasing noise pollution they were making use of loud speakers on all occasions of life. We Indians are yet to know the full utility of loud speakers.
While, residing in that country, we came to know about a very interesting geographical aspect also. We first thought that there was only one country, by the name of Indiput, in the valley. But, lateron, we came to knew that there was another country also which was situated in the valley, in the vicinity of Indiput. The name of that country was Windiput. All things and circumstances were alike the name of that country was Windiput. There was a strange thing about that country. It was inhabited by human beings and not by Jantoos. But, this was the only point of difference between Indiput and Windiput. All other things and circumstances were alike in both the countries. The government officers and the politicians were befooling and looting the general public in Windiput also as their counterparts was going in Indiput. The general public was suffering in both of the countries, in the same manner. Inspite of all those similarities, the inhabitants of both of the countries were most bitter enemies of each other. The reason behind their enmity was the difference between the Government policies of both the countries regarding the method of cooking the egg. The government policy of Indiput regarding cooking of the egg was that it should be boiled. The government policy of Windiput stood for frying the egg. The general public of both of the countries was suffering from a psychological disease called patriotic frenzy. The virus of the disease had made them staunch supporters of the government policies of their own respective countries and had made them staunch and bitter opponents of the govt. policies of each other’s country. As a result, the inhabitants of both of the countries always remained fighting with each other, instead of fighting against injustice and suppression and against the corrupt bureaucracy, instead of fighting for their rights.
Dear reader, thus all values in the Indiput were topsy-turvy. We Indians are very lucky that in India, all words, things and values are taken in their true and correct sense, as per their nomenclature and thank God, we Indians are very pious, God fearing, civilized and honest people and that we Indians possess a very high moral character.
During the whole of the period of our stay in Indiput, I and Gulliver remained thinking about the question as to whether the nature and habits of Indiputians were due to their being animal or whether they had become animals due to their nature and habits. Thus, we remained thinking about the question regarding the origin of the race of Indiputians. We remained most confused and confounded on all these question and could not find any answer to these complicated question, inspite of our long discussions on the matter, Gulliver was of the opinion that the Indiputians were still in the process of evolution to become the complete and full-fledged human beings and were, therefore, still, in a very crude, uncivilized, barbaric and beastly in between stage. I could not agree with him, I propounded two theories on that issue. My first theory was based on the principle that every action had a reaction and that every upward movement had a downward fall. So, I put forward a counter theory of de-evolution to the Darwin’s famous theory of evolution. As per my theory of de-evolution, I thought that after reaching perfection as human beings in some part of ancient India, the process of de-evolution must have started of those perfect human beings and it would have changed them into a very degraded and fallen race of Jantoos. My second theory was based upon my deep knowledge of hindi scriptures, history and mythology. I thought that some Indians might have annoyed some God or some saint like Durwasa by their mischievous acts and deeds, who might have changed them into despicable creatures called Jantoos, by giving a curse and might have sent them into the cursed land called Indiput and thereafter they might have gone into oblivion. So, as per my both theories they had originated from the great race of Indian Aryans. But Gulliver never agreed with both of my theories. He was of the confirmed opinion that they had no connection with any of the races living in India. We used to discuss that matter for hours, but could never reach at a final and correct conclusion. I leave, now, this to the Indian historians and scholars to solve this very difficult puzzle.
My dear reader, before proceeding further, here, I am unable to resist with my temptation to write a few words about the tails of jantoos, which gave them a peculiar look and which were playing a very important role in their social, cultural, political and day to day life.
The tails were a very important part of the body of Jantoos. The tails of male Jantoos were big, long, thick and coarse one. The tails of females were small, tiny, soft, delicate, and tender and were considered by Indiputians as very beautiful. The females used to adore their tails with ornaments and used to spray many kinds of scents on their tails. The rich female jantoos used to wear golden jewelry and ornaments on their tails, whereas, the poor females used to satisfy their desire to look beautiful, by wearing ornaments of brass and other cheap metals, on their tails.
The tails of male Jantoos were considered to be more handsome, which had thick hairs on them. It was taken to be a symbol of male hood. The tails of females were liked without hairs. So many females used to get the hair of their tails removed by applying hairs removers and used to visit beauty parlors for getting their tails beautified. Some of the males also used to get their tales beautified and used to spray scent on their tails.
The male Jantoos, at the time of making love with the females, used to rub their tails very gently and used to kiss their tails. Dear reader, the perverts are found in the world everywhere. So, they were present in Indiput also. The males perverted Jantoos took more pleasure in caressing and loving tails of males and similarly many females had more love and affection with tails of their fellow females.
The male Jantoos used to get hair of their tails trimmed, mostly in accordance with the fashion, in which the film stars of Indiput used to get their hair of their tails trimmed. The hair of tails of Jantoos used to be black in color in the beginning, in youth and they used to turn grey with the advancement of age. Many jantoos used to dye the grey hairs of their tails with hair dyes as the Jantoos had a lust of looking young, even in the old age. The haris of the tails of some unlucky Jantoos used to fall in the young age and their tails used to become bald and the baldness of their tails would often become a target of jokes of other Jantoos. As in India and other countries of the world, much research was going on in Indiput, for invention of some medicine to cure baldness of tails, but the success was still looking far away. Like India, there were many quacks in Indiput also, who while pretending themselves to be great master of the indigenous system of medicines, used to cheat and deceive Jantoos, by giving very lucrative but false ads in the newspapers, regarding having a one hundred percent successful cure for baldness in their hands. Here is an example of one of such add, which was in fact a one hundred percent false add:
“Do not feel worried and disturbed about your bald tails anymore. The hair will grow on your tails within 15 days, after application of our special kingly oil on your tail. This oil was previously available to kings and princess only. We have made it available and common to all Jantoos. Meet us soon. The stock of the oil is very limited.”
Dear reader, it is a matter of great pleasure and relief to us Indians that we do not have such tails like the Jantoos had. Otherwise, it would have been a very difficult problem for us and we would have to be very careful and attentive about our tails in our houses very carefully, especially we will have to be very careful while shutting the windows and doors of our houses, so that our own tails or tails of some other persons may not be crushed in between them. We would have to remain very vigilant in the crowd, so that some mischievous person might not pull our tails or should not bite on our tails. People might bite on tails of each other many a time, while quarrelling with each other. Apart from that it would have increased the burden the tailors also, who would have to make a holes in the backside of our clothes, for coming out of tails. But, there is a brighter side of the matter also. We could have cleaned the chairs and the seats of buses and cinema halls etc. with our tails, by using them as duster, as the dogs do before sitting on any place. It would have been of great help in our social and public life. The public serpents, sorry, the public servants of India could easily have judged the faithfulness of any person by examining the speed of waiving of the tail. The slow waiving of the tail would mean less of the faithfulness and more of the rebellion and disobedience. It would have provided new subject to the Indian movie makers for making movies and it would have inspired the Indian film song writers to write songs in praise of the beauty of the tails of the heroines. Indian film heroes would be shown fondling the tails of the heroines with great love and while singing songs in the praise of tails of heroines, on the screen. The villains could be shown cutting a lock of the hair of the tail of the heroine, in order to disgrace her. In some of the movies, the villain could be shown even pulling out the tail of the heroine from its place, by tricks of camera, in order to take revenge on the hero or the heroine herself. So, the existence of tails on our bodies would have added a new dimension to otherwise monotonous cinema of our India.
After telling so many things about the tails of the Jantoos, I must, now turn towards the impressions, which the Jantoos had made upon our minds. When, we saw them for the first time, we were shocked very much. We were shocked not only due to their ugly and fiendish shapes but due to their size also. Gulliver had roamed about for so many years in search for finding a land of small people, a place like Litiput, where Mr. Johny could live happily. But, the Indiputians were of normal size, as big as we human beings are. We were shocked and pained to see that they were not small people. The sacred mission of Gulliver to find out a land of small people had failed very miserably. The stories that there was a country of small people near or inside India had proved to be false. But, as we started residing in that country, realized that the stories regarding the existence of a country near India or outside India, where small people were said to be residing, were true. The Indiputians were small people, in fact. But in their case, the smallness was not of size but it was the smallness of the character, and it was smallness of their acts, deeds, thoughts, the mind and the mentality. Due to their such smallness, we started disliking and abhorring them from the core of our hearts, yet under the compulsion of circumstances, we had to live and stay in Indiput against the wished of our minds. We remained searching for little Johny with a hope that one day we might something about him. We would tell about the size, shape, color and other features of Johny to the Jantoos, whom we met in the city and nearby area and would ask them whether they had seen any person of such description. Some of them would deny having seen any such person, without any kind of reaction. Some of them would laugh at us considering us to be of unsound mind and would ask us whether a person of such a little size really existed in the world and would tell us that no such person could be in the world, which could be smaller than them. But, we continued with our efforts. And, one day our efforts bore fruit. In reply to our enquiry an old trader, who had come from Rajpur told us that he had seen a person of the same description, somewhere, in the capital. But, he added that he was not sure whether he was Mr. Johny or someone else. Although, he was not certain, yet his reply raised our expectation and so we decided to leave for the capital. We were not required to make any preparations before going to the Capital, as we were having no belongings with us and we were as naked as Jantoos were. So, we started for the capital at once.
Chapter – 7
The capital was situated at a very long distance. We remained walking on the road. There was a complete calmness and peace on the road. One day, suddenly, the sky was filled with a very loud noise. We looked around, in a surprise, but could not find out the source of that sudden high noise. A few moments later, we saw a cart coming towards us, from the opposite side of the road, when the cart reached near us, we saw a loud speaker was fitted in the same and a crow was cawing before the microphone of the loud speaker, at a very high pitch. The cawing of the crow was a sign that the elections were to take place, soon in the Indiput…..
A very fierce battle was fought in the Indiput, in the mouth of March 1977. The historians had given the name of “The Great Batlle of Second Independence” to that great and fiery battle.
The most important feature of that battle was that it was fought by the warriors, while sittings on the donkeys or on the chariots which were being drawn by the donkeys. We were very lucky see that the battle with our own eyes, which was fought in the famous battlefield of Ran Kashetra.
Prayed to the Gods
O’Lord Ganesha! words allude me my powers fail me and my capabilities deceive me when I start the mammoth work of narrating the great battle of the second Independence. Oh Lord Ganesha! you are the supreme remover of all kind of hindrances which came in the path of your devotees. So, O’Lord Ganesha! First of all I invoke you to remove all the obstacles which interrupt me in my glorious work of telling story of the biggest battle of the world, even bigger than the first battle of Independence and the two world wars. O’Mother Sarswati! the goddess of the learning, I invoke you and seek your blessings after invoking the lord Ganesha, to give me the power, strength and courage to complete my this great work of narrating the battle, in which some of the greatest and most fierce battles of all times of the world were fought.
O’Lord Varuna! Let the water of seven seas turn into the ink, which I will need for writing about this great historical event.
O’ Mother Vasundra! Let your vast planes turn into the papera, for my narration.
O’ the thirty three crore(330 Million) gods of my mother land, give your blessing to me. O’ the gods of the whole world accept my prayers and bestow your blessings upon me, so that I succeed in this uphill task.
The Great Battle of Second Independence
Chand Rani had been ruling Indiput with the aid of her countless paramours and lovers for the past many years. She had inherited it from her very great illustrious father Nero, who as per the linguistic rules of Indiput was maker of the nation and was, in fact, the greatest spoiler of the nation.
When Chand Rani continued to rule the country very gloriously and splendidly, for many years, the princes of opposite dynasty became full of jealousy and ambitious. So, they demanded their share in the kingdom, but Chand Rani refused flatly. Upon that, both of the sides started making preparation for the battle.
On the night of reckoning, the armies of both sides reached in the battle field of Ran Kashetra and positioned themselves face to face in front of each other. There were many great warriors in both the armies. They were great abnegators and have abnegated all what they had with them.
The weapons of both sides were made of very strong metals. The warriors of the side of Chand Rani were armed with weapons, which were made of metal called “Russo”. The arms of the princes of opposite dynasty were made of a very dangerous metal called “Amrico”
Chand Rani was sitting in a very beautiful chariot, which was being pulled by very handsome donkeys. Lord Virendra Brahamachari “himself” was acting as charioteer of Chand Rani.
One of the courtiers of Chand Rani was named as Constitution Kumar. He was a very brave, honest and truthful person. He always acted for equality, justice and rights of common Jantoos. He was a main obstacle in the dictatorial rule of Chand Rani. Chand Rani tried her best to control and allure him, but could not succeed. Chand Rani was having a very fast female friend by the name of Sarkar Rani. Chand Rani asked Sarkar Rani to allure Constitution Kumar and to entrap him in the web of her beauty and deceit. Sarkar Rani, who was very faithful to Chand Rani obeyed her order and entrapped Constitution Kumar in the web of her beauty and raped him with the help of other courtiers of Chand Rani. As a result of said rape, Sarkar Rani became pregnant and after the due period gave birth to a very dirty, ugly and obnoxious child “Emergency Lal”. But, due to some very strange phenomenon of the nature, that ugly child looked very handsome and lovable to Chand Rani. So Chand Rani adopted that child. On account of her love for the said child, Chand Rani always used to carry that child with her. Chand Rani had brought that child into the battlefield also, by carrying him on her back. The chariot of Chand Rani was surrounded by her countless paramours, who were sitting in very colorful chariots or were sitting on very colorful donkeys. The paramours of Chand Rani were very brave and famous warriors. But, my dear reader, forgive me, as at present, I do not remember the names of so renowned warriors. I am unable to understand, how the names of so prominent and eminent personalities have fallen down from the annals of my memories, just like the names of common persons.
There were many famous and brave warriors in the opposite army also. An old brave soldier namely General Morari Lal was Chief Commander of that army. Once, he did a very strong and dense penance and worship in the jungle like a very skilled ascetic. Ultimately, pleased with the worship and impressed with his love for urine cult, the mootra deva appeared before him. Dear reader Mootra Dev is considered as master of the frontal middle part of the people and so it is he who controls the color, odour, quantity and passing and non-passing of urine of all creatures of this world and even decides the place where and the time when a particular creatures is to pass his urine. Mootra Deva always rides on an Ass and even at the time also, he was sitting on the backside of an Ass.
The god Mootra Deva gifted a tumbler like magical pot to Morari Lal and gave him a boon that he would become more egoistic, stubborn, selfish, wicked, and crafty and hypocrite, so as to become a perfect match to the queen and the princes of Nero dynasty, after drinking his urine from the magical pot. The boon of Mootra Deva, filled the heart of Morari Lal with great zeal and pleasure and he took an oath that in case, in future, he would become king in Indiput, then he would close all wine shops and would open urine shops, in the whole of country, where Jantoos would get urine of asses or of other very high quality animals, to drink, free of cost. On hearing his oath, the gods showered petals of flowers upon him from the heaven and due to said formidable oath, people stated calling him Veer Mootar Kumar”.
A very strange custom was prevalent in Indiput regarding battles. In that country, the battles were not fought in the day light, but were fought in the darkness of nights. So, that famous battle was also fought in the darkness of night.
When the first ray of darkness touched the battlefield, Lord Virendra Chari blew his conch, which was a signal for starting of the war.
But, before the main battle could start, a mini battle of Lollipops was fought, between the two sides, as per the custom prevalent in Indiput. It was a very small and a very funny battle, but it was having very far reaching effects on the morale of both of the armies.
Chand Rani took many lollipops in her hands and started waiving Lollipops to attract the donkeys and warriors of other side. Her other warriors raised noise and coaxed the warriors and donkeys of other side to come to their side to take the Lollipops. The Lollipops in the hand of Veer Morari Lal allured many warriors and donkeys of the side of Chand Rani and they crossed the middle line and went to the side of Morari Lal. It tilted the balance towards the opposite side, by a friction. The balance could have remained equal and Lollipops, in the hand of Chand Rani could also have attracted some warriors and donkeys of other side, but before, it could happen, the adopted child of Chand Rani, who was hanging on her back, snatched the Lollipops from her hand and ate them all at once. So, none crossed the line towards the side of Chand Rani. After the battle of Lollipops, the main battle started.
In the beginning of the battle, Chand Rani threw an arrow called “Remove poverty” towards the other side. The said Astra flew towards the enemy side with a great velocity. Veer Morari Lal shot an arrow called “Save Democracy” to counter the coming “Remove Poverty” arrow, which collided with the Astra of Chand Rani in the sky and destroyed it.
Upon that, the queen threw a Maha Astra namely “Bees Sootri programme’, It was a fire arrow, which moved towards the enemy side while throwing sparks of fire upon them. To meet that danger Veer Morari shot a very lethal “Bees Mootri Programme” astra and soon the battle field became flooded with mootra i.e. urine.” And the fire arrow of Chand Rani got extinguished.
After that Chand Rani threw a Brahmastra namely “Reservation” towards the enemy side. It flew towards the enemy side with an immeasurable speed just like the “Kaal” i.e. the god of death. The sky became, full of darkness. The soldiers of opposite side started crying and shouting for help. Upon that, Veer Morari Lal also brought out the same Brahamastra and threw it into the sky with a great thunder and both united with each other in the sky. After uniting, it flew away from the battlefield with a double speed and ultimately broke into small pieces, which fell down upon the whole of the nation. The said pieces injured many young people and many out of them. Ultimately they were killed due to injuries.
Meanwhile, Veer Morari Lal felt some weakness. Upon that, he got his chariot moved out of the battlefield and there he urinated in the “holy pot” and drank it.
After drinking said “Elixir” Veer Morari entered the battle field thundering like a lion with a new zeal and new courage. The terrible roar of Veer Morari filled the hearts of the soldiers of opposite side with an unknown fear and terror.
Then Veer Morari drew out the most dangerous, formidable and most powerful, super natural. Astra called “Save Democracy” out of his arrow case, and after reciting mantra threw it towards the side of Chand Rani. It flew towards her side with great sound and fury. The queen hurled many Astras namely “Atomic Explosion”, “The bank Nationalization”, “Bangla Desh” etc. one by one, into the sky to counter the said Astra of Veer Morali, But the “Save Vern” Astra destroyed all of them, and ultimately it fell down upon the side of Chand Rani and killed many of his warriors.
After that, the warriors of both sides started clashing with one another in duels. At one place, Anjay the brave son of Chand Rani, was fighting with warriors of enemy side. His governess Rukjana Multan was also sitting alongwith him on his chariot. After sometime, Veer Anjay became hungry and started sucking the breasts of his governess. Upon that the donkeys, which were pulling his chariot also became hungry. So, they turned out the chariot of Anjay and broke away their ropes and ran out of the battle field, to the place, where their female donkeys were eating a very dry, dirty and filthy grass and leaves of rotten vegetables etc. Veer Anjay fell down on the ground and was defeated. My dear reader, as per the rules of battles, which were prevalent in Indiput, the warrior who fell down on the ground or was thrown on the ground by his adversary, during the fight, was to be taken as a defeated warrior.
The fiercest-some duel took place between the commanders of the both armies. Even gods came down from the haven into the sky to see that battle. Chand Rani troubled Veer Morari much, by shooting a line of arrows which wounded him badly. In fact, Veer Morari was not equal to Chand Rani in maneuvering and skill. Due to wounds and old age of Veer Morari, the scales started tilting into the side of Chand Rani, which heartened the warriors of her side and discouraged the warriors of opposite side. At this crucial juncture of time, the god Mootra Deva, who was also watching the battle invisibly, along with other Gods, could not control himself and sent down the goddess conspiracy to Veer Morari, wih a secret message. The goddess conspiracy came down into the battlefield, invisibly and whispered the message of God Mootra Deva in the ear of Veer Morari. The message reminded Veer Morari of the promise of god Mootra Deva and he closed his eyes and invoked the help of the Ass of god Mootra deva in his thoughts, which the god Mootra deva could send unless invoked to do so. The ass at once came down into the battlefield invisibly and gave his celestial command to the asses that were pulling the chariot of Chand Rani to turn over her chariot. They obeyed the command of the conveyance of god Mootra Deva, under a fear that if they would not do so, the god Mootra deva would stop the passing of their urine. So the asses drawing the chariot of Chand Rani turned over the chariot and as a result Chand Rani fell down on the ground and with the falling down of the queen, her side was defeated. The sky became filled with the shouts of victory of the warriors of opposite dynasty. The gods showered petals of flowers on Veer Morari and in that manner that great battle came to an end. The win of opposite dynasty filled the hearts of asses with a hope that the new rulers might provide green grass and fresh leaves to them. But their hopes were shattered immediately, when soon after the ending of the war, the warriors, drove the donkeys away from the background, by beating them with sticks and kicks.
After the battle, Veer Morari lal sat on the throne, on an asicious moment, told and decided by the astrologers. But, after sitting on the throne, he forget his oath to close wine shops and to open the urine shops in the country and so, he invoked the wrath of god Mootra Deva who withdraw all of his blessings. So, Veer Morari was dethroned by warriors of some other dynasty. But the change of rules did not change the fate of the asses, who continued to live upon dry grass and rotten leaves.
After the end of the battle, all of the warriors, the victorious as well as the defeated, left battlefield hurriedly, before it could be the dawn. After the dawn, when we looked at the battlefield, we found broken arrows, bows, swords and chariots scattered all over there. To our great surprise, the bows, the arrows, the swords and the other astras, which looked so powerful, so formidable, so lethal and so destructive in the darkness of night, were looking like just toys, made of wood and weeds, with a golden glittering paper pasted upon them. We had seen with our eyes those weapons playing havoc with the armies of both sides at night, but in the morning, these were lying on the ground just like dry straws of grass,
The battlefield was giving out a very dirty and worse but a very desolate look. So we also re-started on our journey to the capital.
The sun had already set, when we reached in the capital. The life in the capital looked quite different from the life in the rural areas. Very big, high and beautiful buildings were standing on the both sides of the roads of the capital. It appeared to us, as if; we had entered into some wonderland. It was appearing as if the Indiput was not a poor country. It looked, as if, Indiput was a country of riches, mirth and frolic. The city animals were very noble, gentle and civilized and champions of justice and equality. But, in reality, as we came to know later on, the city animals were as crooked and wicked as the village and animals were. Rather, they were more dangerous and harmful then the village animals as their wickedness and crookedness was hidden behind the cloak of gentleness & good manners and a person was likely to be deceived by their outward gentleness and nobility.
Soon, we realized that all of the city animals were not rich. The aforesaid buildings were owned and occupied by only a very privileged class of Jantoos consisting of Government officers, political leaders and traders. Barring them, the other city animals were very poor and like the village animals and they were leading a very miserable and wretched life. Many of them poor city animals were even having no roof over their heads. They used to born, live and die on the footpaths, in the open sky.
The city life of the capital did not bring any happiness or better things in our lives, rather, it added to our vows and difficulties. The hotels and the inns in the capital were only for Government officers and rich animals. So, we could not get into any hotel or inn for spending night, as we were also not having any with us.
By the midnight, we were disappointed and fully exhausted too. So, we lay down on the footpath, but unfortunately, at a place, near a police station. Many other Jantoos were also lying there and were fast asleep. But, it was not easy for us to sleep there, as before that, we had no experience to sleep on the surface of concrete like that, although we had slept over earthen surface many a times. We were still trying to sleep when, suddenly the shouts “thief-thief’ catch him, catch him” destroyed the silence and the calm of the night.
We got up, at once, and looked around us. The shouts were coming from one side of the road, from some far off place. Soon, the shouts became louder and louder and we started hearing sounds of footsteps of some persons, who seemed to be running towards our side, It looked, as if, some persons were chasing a thief. Shortly the thief reached just in front of us. He was carrying some articles, jewelry and cash in his hands, which he might have stolen from some house or some shop. He seemed to be breathless due to running and was panting very loudly. He was wearing very loose black clothes. When, he could not run anymore, he sat down, in the middle of the road, just in front of us. Within a few seconds, the animals, who were chasing the thief, also reached there. They were cop animals and they, also, seemed to be tired due to running. They, also, stopped and sat down on the road near the thief. To our great surprise, they started talking and laughing, with the thief. We became extremely astonished, when the thief put off his black cloak and we found that he was wearing a dusky brown uniform beneath the black clothes. He was also a cop animal of that country. After taking rest for some time, they distributed the stolen articles among themselves. After distributing the said articles, some of them went into the police station. The remaining cop animals started looking at the face of the Jantoos lying on the footpath as if they were searching for some criminal or culprit. After a while, they started dragging some Jantoos, who were sleeping on the footpath, forcibly towards the police station. When the Jantoos, who were being dragged by the cop animals, started crying for help, we realized that they were female Jantoos. In spite of their cries, no one arose to help and save them. We were surprised to see that the Jantoos, who were sleeping there on the footpath, not to talk of awaking, did not stir a bit even and remained sleeping indifferently and soundly, like usual, as if nothing has happened there.
Later on, we came to know that what had disturbed us so much, was not something unusual and was, infact, a matter of routine. The cop animals were performing their daily duty only. It was duty of police in Indiput, to send some cop animals every night to commit thefts and robberies in the disguise of thieves and to send more cop animals to chase and catch them and then distribute the articles of loot among themselves. After doing there, so encumber-some duty, they were entitled to kidnap female Jantoos forcibly and to carry them to police station for their enjoyment, as a reward.
But, at that time, the said incidence destroyed our peace of mind totally. It was a big violation of human rights. But, it caused no reaction among the sleeping Jantoos. I was more disturbed, because being an Indian, was more accustomed to a society, in which police and other government agencies have great respect for human rights and principles of justice and equality. The behaviour and conduct of the cops of Indiput was totally different and opposite to the behaviour and conduct of Indian policeman, who as we all know, are very dutiful and law abiding person and never commit dacoities , robberies and rapes , neither inside the police stations nor outside . But in Indiput, all things and values were topsy-turvy. In India, it is the duty of the police to control the crime and to get the criminals booked for their crime. But in Indiput, it was the duty, of the police to do crimes and to encourage the criminals, In that country, the cop animals were committing dacoities, robberies, rapes and thousands of other crimes daily. But none was there to check the cops. They were in fact, a legalized gang of criminals. They were, in fact, even awarded with medals for doing such acts of “Bravery”, in that country.
To add to our anguish, the cries of female Jantoos remained coming from the police station during the whole of the remaining night and we could not sleep even for a moment. Our first night in the capital had proved to be very nightmarish. But, the incident, which had shocked us so much, seemed to had no effect on the life of the Jantoos. With the advent of morning, the all city animals, the rich and the poor, the common and the important, became busy in their day to day routine, as if nothing had happened. The life, in the capital was as usual as it could on any uneventful peaceful day.
But, we had not gone to the capital, with an intention to fight against violation of human rights. We had gone there with the hope of finding out the lost Lilliputian. But, we did not know from where to start our search. So, we started wandering on the road of the city in the crowds aimlessly from one place to other, in the hope of seeing little Johny somewhere. We remained doing so for many days, but could not succeed in even having a glimpse of the little person. During our search, we were deceived many a times, by the illusions. Some time, we would see a very-very small person, as small as little Johny coming on the road, from the other side, from some distance. When we would rush to the place, we would find some Indiputian, in place of Liliputian. It was a very strange phenomenon that the Jantoos looked as small as little Johny, from even short distances.
One day we were going on a road in our search of little Johny. We had lost all of our hope to see little person again. We feared that with his smallness, the Liliputian could not have survived amidst the wickedness of the city Jantoos.
That was the last day of our search for him. We had decided to stop looking for him after that day. The road was full of crowd. The Jantoos were going from one side of the road to the other side and[
**]the vice versa. The road was full of hustle and bustle. Suddenly, a very loud cry of weeping filled the whole of the atmosphere, which caused an alarm in the crowd. The Jantoos started running towards the sides of the road, on to the footpaths, to vacate the road. We also followed their course and ran on to the footpath of our side, out of fear as well as anxiety. We thought that some important Jantoo might have died and that the funeral precession of the dead Jantoo might be coming that way. When the road became totally[
**]vacant, within seconds, we saw a Chariot coming on the road from the other side. A red lantern was glowing on the roof of the chariot. A Jackal, who was sitting on the roof of the Chariot, just behind the red lantern. It was the jackal, who was weeping in a very obnoxious and nasty manner, in a very loud cry. The Chariot was surrounded by some very horrible and terrible cop animals.
On seeing our wonder, a Jantoo standing near us told us that a minister of Indiput, whose name was Mr. Janardan, and who was son-in-law of the Prime Minister, was coming in the chariot. Lateron, we came to know, that it was a legal requirement as well as fashion in Indiput that the ministers and the officers had to ride on the chariots, having a red lantern affixed on their rooftops and a weeping jackal sitting on their roof tops. The tail of the Jackal used to hang beneath the roof of the chariot through a hole. A servant used to sit exactly below the hole. The wife of the officer or the minister used to sit behind the servant. On seeing the crowd. the wife of the minister or the officer used to put her hand on the shoulder of the servant, who seeing the signal would pull the tail of the Jackal who were trained in the manner, would start weeping at a high pitch. The wives of officers and ministers used to be much tired in the whole process. So, as we learnt from that Jantoo the
wives invented a new method to save themselves from much labor and exertion and started sitting very close to the backside of the servants. On seeing the crowd, they would just press their chest, on the backside of the servants, by a very little forward movement, with great ease and comfort, who after feeling the pressure would pull the tail of the Jackal. On pulling of its tail, the jackal who were trained in that matter would start crying at a very high pitch. The red lantern and the cry of the jackal were a signal to the common Jantoos to vacate the road for the passing of the very important Jantoos. The cop animals that used to act as escorts of the chariots, used to abuse and beat the Jantoos with their canes, who could not get out of the roads within time. Dear reader, Indiput was, in fact, full of such wonderful and amazing but highly undemocratic and autocratic stupidities. Thank God, cur Indian ministers and officers are very humble, humane and democratic persons and do not indulge in such undemocratic stupidities.
When the chariot came near us, the Jantoos standing on the footpaths bowed their heads and started waiving their tails to minister. On seeing this, we also bowed our heads and tried to waive our tails. But, as my learned reader, you already know, our tails were artificial, so they did not waive. Upon that, we started waiving our tails with the movement of our hands, due to which our bodies started shaking and making movements in a very odd, strange and funny manner. On the other hand, the Jantoos were waiving their tails very easily and smoothly and very effortlessly.
When the chariot was just about to pass in front of us we could not control our impulse to look at the face of the minister. The moment we looked at the face of the minister, we became astounded and puzzled and very excited and happy as well. The little Johny was sitting in the chariot. At last, we have found him. He was not only alive, but it seemed that the little person had attained a great high in the political life of Indiput also. He had become a minister. He had become the minister Janardan. The change in the status of little Johny from just a common person to a minister had been in a very short period. The minister Janardan seemed to be very satisfied contended, proudy and happy and at home among the inhabitants of Indiput. It appeared to us as if little Johny had grown up in size also, as he was looking to us just equal in height to the Jantoos.
At once, it dawned upon us, the little Johny was not lost, but he himself had left our company to reside in Indiput, as he might have started liking the Jantoos for their habbits and deeds. At last, Johny had found a habitat, we thought with relief, where he was residing with happiness and very successfully.
In our those moments of joy and happiness, wonder and excitement, we forget to bow our heads and waive our tails. That proved to be a very fatal mistake on our part.
One of the cop-animals of the escort of the minister detected our mistake and asked the other members of the escort to stop. The whole of the caravan came to a halt upon his call and started looking at us. The in charge of the escort gave some order to some cop-animal, who started moving toward us, in a very menacing manner, waiving their sticks, held in their hands. The Jantoos standing near us, whispered to us to bow our heads and to start waiving our tails. But, before we could do that, the cop animals dragged us into the middle of the road and started abusing, kicking an beating us with their shoes and sticks very badly. We cried for help and looked at Johny with hope. Upon hearing our cries for help, Johny looked at us, but his face remained listen-less, expressionless, cold and totally indifferent. There was no sign or trace of any acquaintance or recognition in his eyes. He looked at us for a while and then turned his face towards other side with a feeling of arrogance and haughtiness on his face. The transformation from little Johny to the minister Janardan had completely changed him.
When the cop-animals of the escort of Johny were beating us in that manner, like Gundas, some cop animals of the local area police station reached there. The cop-animals of the escort handed over us to them. After we had been handed over to the local area police, the Jackal sitting on the roof of the chariot started weeping again and the caravan of the minister started moving further. The Local area cop animals dragged us to the local police station and after reaching there, threw us in to a cell, behind the bars. So, in that manner, we became prisoners for the second time, despite the fact, that we had not committed any offence.
When, the Inspector of the police, who was in charge of the police station, came to know about our crime, he became furious. We had broken the law of the land. We had not bowed our heads and had not waived our tails before a very important Jantoo i.e. the minister. It was a very serious crime in Indiput.
The Inspector ordered some of his cop animals who were very strong and sturdy and were looking like murderers, to punish us for our crime. They moved towards us with great pleasure and joy. But before, they could enter the cell; the Inspector stopped them and as per the law and custom of that country, first sent a messenger Jantoo, who was looking like a fox and was having a very cunning and wicked look on his face, into the cell, for negotiating with us, for giving us an opportunity to save ourselves from the punishment. He sat down on the floor of the cell, with us and in a very low and confidential tone told us that he was having much influence over the Inspector and if we could hand over some money to him for giving it the inspector, he would save us from punishment. But unfortunately we had no money with us. Upon our failure to give any money to him, the messenger went out of the cell abusing and cursing us in a very filthy language. After his exit from the cell, the cop-animals got into our cell and gave a very severe beating to us and tortured us in most heinous and cruel ways. Till it was midnight and till we had become nearly senseless. After they left the cell, we remained lying on the floor of the cell abusing and cursing our fate, till it was the dawn. Before our travel to Indiput, Gulliver had travelled through many countries inhabited by the Pygmies as well as by the giants, by the human beings, as well as by the animals and he had come across people of all kinds. But, he had never been treated in such a brutal manner, like that, anywhere. The beating by the cop animal showed how cruel and brutal the police of Indiput was. In its cruelty and brutality, it was surpassing even the cruelty and brutality of the barbarian invaders of medieval times.
We were in a very sad plight. But even in such a bad plight, there was a feeling of satisfaction also in our hearts. We had found a country which suited the little Johny most. The mission of Gulliver had not failed. At last, he had succeeded in finding out a right habitat for the Lilliputian, where he could live happily. But we were puzzled why Johny did not recognize us. We had no answer to that question.
In the morning, we were brought out of the cell and were produced before the inspector. He ordered some of his cop animals to take us to a very remote prison camp, for keeping us there for the rest of our lives. The cop animals chained our hands and feet and started making other preparationa for taking us to the prison camp. At that time when our group was about to start our journey to the prison camp. a Jantoo came to the police station and handed over a letter to the Inspector and said something to him, by pointing towards us. After reading the letter, the Inspector cancelled his first order to send us to the prison camp and passed a new order to shoot us. It was a very strange country. In order to imprison or shoot a person the police of Indiput did not require any verdict of the court and could pass the verdict itself.
Later on, we came to know that the said letter was sent to the Inspector by the minister Janardan, with a direction to him to liquidate us. Perhaps, he had done so, out of fear that we might disclose his real identity to the Indiputians and might tell them that he is not an inhabitant of Indiput and was in fact an outsider. Little Johny had proved to be as selfish, ungrateful and treacherous as Indputians were.
In order to execute the order of the Inspector, the cop animals tied our hands and feet with strong string and made us stand against a wall of the police station. A squad of killer animals came to stand before us, in a row with their guns aimed at us and awaited for the signal from the inspector to pull triggers of their guns to shoot us. There was a distance of only few second between our lives and our deaths. It seemed, that the end of our lives had come, in those moments of crisis, Gulliver, with his indomitable spirit, was standing very gracefully to meet his end, courageously and calmly. But, I lost control over myself and started sobbing and crying out fear and despair. Gulliver tried to pacify and console me and asked me to face death with courage and bravery, with a smile on my face. But, I continued to sobb and cry. In those terrifying and horrible moments of our lives, only some miracle could have saved us. I started praying to the God for doing some miracle to save our lives. My dear reader, miracles do happen in life and a miracle actually did happen there and saved our lives. Before the inspector could give the signal to his shooters, a miracle happened in the shape a leader coming into the police station. He was wearing boat shaped white cap on his bald head and was looking a very noble and gentle soul and his arrival in the police station saved our lives. He seemed to be very popular among the cop animals. All of the cop animals, instead of shooting us gathered around him and bowed their heads before him and started waiving their tails, as a mark of respect and honour to the leader. His presence in the police station changed its grim atmosphere into a very lighter and pleasant atmosphere. The leader and the inspector embraced each other with great love and affection. We came to know after wards that the said leader, before becoming a leader, used to be a very notorious and big pick pocket. The Inspector and the leader were the fast friends from that very time.
The leader had come to the police station because he was in head of the services of some hardcore criminals for achieving his political goals with their help, such as for disturbing meetings of his rival politicians and for teaching lessons to them, by breaking their arms and legs and even their head etc.
When he came to know that we were being executed at the instance of minister Janardan, he took special interest in us and saved our lives by paying a very huge amount to the Inspector. He saved our lives because he was inimical towards minister Janardan, who had attained so much political power in such a short period and had made many enemies too, in the process.
The leader took us to his palace like house and treated us with much love and affection. Feeling that we were thirsty and hungry he asked his servants to bring some eatables for us. After, we had taken the eatables and had gained some strength and had composed ourselves, the leader asked us about our names and our whereabouts and as to why minister Janardan wanted to get us killed. In reply, we told him our story, from the beginning to the end. We told him that we were not inhabitants of Indiput and that I was a resident of a country called India and that Gulliver was a resident of a country called England. We told him that, in fact, we were human beings and that our misfortune and ill-luck had brought us into Indiput.
The leader listened to all what we had told him, with great wonder and surprise. He was not ready to believe that we were not residents of Indiput and that there were many other countries outside Indiput. The animals of Indiput had never heard anything about the countries of our world, which were inhabited by human. I told him many stories about my great country India. The leader was astonished very much, when I told him that, in India, it were not the animals who were ruling the human beings and that it were the human beings, who were ruling the animals. Gulliver told him stories about England and about the strange countries, which he had seen during his travels.
The leader listened to all of our stories with great interest and attention. But, when we told him that minister Janardan was not an Indipution and was, in fact, a Liliputian and wanted to kill us so that we might not disclose his real identity, the leader refused to believe us and considered our stories to be untrue and imaginative tales. But, later on, when we told him the story of little Johny in detail, he started believing that Minister Janaardan was not an Indiputian and that he was in fact, a Liliputian. He considered it to be a very important piece of information, which could of used to cut short the wings of the flying political carrier of the Liliputian. But, at that time, the Liliputians was having a very strong political position. So, the leader kept us in his house with a plan to use us against him, as a weapon, at some appropriate time. In addition to that he was pleased with our stories also and so, he made us his personal attendants.
He was a very famous and prominent leader of Indiput. His name was Topiwala. We lived with Mr. Topiwala for a very long period. He used to take us alongwith him, where-ever he used to go. So, due to our association with Mr. Topiwala, we came to know about the political life of Indiput very closely and very minutely
Chapter – 9
The politicans of Indiput were very privileged class of Jantoos. All Jantoos were not qualified to become politicians. Only those Jantoos could become politicians, who were smaller in size by half inch or more, than the common Jantoos. The bigger could be the difference, the bigger would be the politicians. In addition to the difference in size, the Jantoos were required to be very honest and sincere to become a politician. But, the words honest and sincere have opposite meaning in Indiput. So, in order to become a leader in Indiput, a Jantoo was required to be more dishonest, more fraudulent, more cunning, more treacherous and more Hippocratic.
There was a very popular habit of the leaders of Indiput. All leaders used to put a tablet of quinine in their mouths, before going out of their homes. As a result, due to bitterness of quinine, their faces used to look moarse, as if, they were much worried about the problems of the nation and the masses. Mr. Topiwala also used to put a tablet of quinine in his mouth, before going out of his house.
There were many kind of leaders in Indiput. For example, there were leaders of such types as “leader of poor labourers”, “leader of poor farmers”, “leader of poor factory owners”, “Leader of poor traders,”, “Leader of poor officers”, “leader of poor millionaires”, and even “leader of poor leaders” etc. The said leaders were very loyal and faithful to the class of Jantoos, to which they used to represent. But, as per the Indiputians meaning of words, they always used to betray and cheat the class of Jantoos, to which they belonged, but the stupid common jantoos never understood this.
The leaders of Indiput were entirely different from the leaders of my beloved India, which is the greatest democracy of the world, The leaders of India endeavour very hard to remove poverty, corruption and unemployment etc. from our country. But, it was the policy of the leaders of Indiput that poverty, corruption and unemployment should continue to grow up in that country. The leaders of indiput used to derive strength from such problems. They were of the view that their very existence would be endangered, in case those problems would be actually solved. The policy of the leaders and government of Indiput was based on the famous principle of “Divide and rule”. Therefore, the leaders of Inidiput used to keep the Jantoos divided on the basis of caste, creed, religion language and regionalism and the idiot common Jantoos used to fell prey to their traps, so easily.
The nexus between the politicians, the officers, the criminals and the police was very harmonious, complete and perfect in Indiput. That is why, in Indiput, only those leaders were more successful who were having a very notorious criminal background, we Indians are very lucky that Indian politics is so neat and clean. Our leaders are very noble and gentle and are having not even a far off connection with corruption, dishonesty, crime and cunning-ness.
I was seeing and listening about those things for the first time in my life, but I do not know why those things were looking so familiar to me.
The supreme political institution which had the power to make laws, was called the parliament, in Indiput. Only, the Jantoos of the highest class and highest degree could enter into the parliament. In other words, only those Jantoos, who were corrupt, dishonest, treacherous, liars and crooked to the extreme limit, could become members of the parliament. After becoming members of the parliament, the members had to take an oath that they would make all laws for the benefit of the general public. But, as I stated earlier, the words had an opposite meaning in Indiput, so it was the pious duty of the members of the parliament to not to make any law for the benefit and welfare of general public. On the other hand, they were having ample powers to pass all laws for the benefit of the worthless but a very corrupt class of Government officers and for themselves.
The proceedings of the parliament used to take place in a big hall in a palace called The Parliament House. The arrangement for the sitting of members of the parliament in the parliament house was of the highest quality. Very beautiful, very cozy and very comfortable chairs were placed in the hall of the parliament house, on which the honourable members could take rest and could sleep comfortably, during the proceedings in the parliament
For risings of hands, at the time of voting in the parliament,\ on various points and bills, a very wonderful machine was affixed in the parliament house in Indiput. For the sake of knowledge and information, I am giving the detail of the said machine below. The parliamentarians of our India and the other countries of the world can get benefit by using the same, in their respective parliaments.
One of the arms of all chairs placed in the parliament house could move upward and downward. There was a lever fitted below that movable arm of each chair, with the help of which the arm could be raised upward or could be moved downward to its original position. All of the levers of all chairs were affixed with an iron shaft. The shaft was connected with a wheel. There was a handle affixed on the wheel. A Jantoo used to sit near the wheel, daring the proceedings of the Parliament. Whenever, the members of the parliament were required to raise their hands tor voting in favour of or against any proposed bill, the Jantoo sitting near the wheel, used to rotate the wheel with the handle, which is turn used to rotate the shaft. With the revolving of the shaft, the levers used to move upward. With the raising of the levers, the arms of the chairs used to move upward. With the arms of the chairs, the hands of the members used to be raised. In that manner the honourable members of the parliament could remain sleeping with great comfort and with great pleasure and the bills and laws could be passed very easily, without their awakening.
Dear reader, I have a very innovative idea regarding the working of machine in my mind. Which is worth trying and which can improve its working very much. I would not call it a defect in the machine used in indiput, but I would call it a shortcoming in the working of a machine. In Indiput, one wheel used to be fitted with the shaft of row of chairs only. So, one wheel could raise the hands of members sitting in one row only. Therefore, many separate wheels had to be used in Indiput for all rows of chairs in the parliament house. As a result many Jantoos had to sit near separate wheels at the time of casting of votes of the whole of the house. Not only this, so many wheels were occupying more space also. This shortcoming can be overcome very easily, if all shafts are connected with each other with the help of a belt or a chain. In that case, only one wheel could be required to move all shafts of all rows, which can most conveniently be fitted with the shaft of the last row. So, in that case, only one person will be sufficient to raise hands of all of the members of the parliament, by rotating the single wheel at the time of casting of votes. This method should be tried by the parliamentarians of all of those countries of our world, who want to take full benefit of the machine.
A bag was fitted with each chair of the parliament house of Indiput. The bag always remained filled with rotten tomatoes, eggs, broken shoes and other filthy and dirty things, so that the honourable members could easily get these things in their hands for throwing at each other during debates in the house.
Full attention was given to the amusement and entertainment of the members, in the house.
There was a very beautiful and decorated arena in the middle of the hall of the parliament house. The members could do the boxing and the wrestling in the arena for their entertainment whenever they felt bored. There was a round dias constructed near arena. The members could play “the musical chairs race game” on the dias, whenever they felt tired.
But, what was liked most there, was called a puppet show. It used to be exhibited on a stage, which was also constructed in the hall of the parliament house. In that puppet show living members of the parliament used to play the roles of puppets. As in the puppet Show, ropes were tied with the head, hands and feet of the said members. Some of the highly ranked officers of the Indiputian Ass Services cadre, used to control the ropes of the members in the same manner as the strings of the puppets are controlled by the jugglers. The members used to act and dance according to the pulling of ropes by the said government officers. In fact, it was a very pleasant experience to watch the sight of the members acting and dancing like puppets to the tune and signals of the Govt. officers.
The members of parliament were very highly privileged Jantoos. They had the privilege to abuse and insult each other during the proceedings of the house. They were above all laws of the land, due to their privileged status of being a member of the parliament.
But, they were very unfortunate in the matter that there was no provision for the payment of salary to them. But, they were having full authority to loot money from the common Jantoos in any manner they like.
Chapter – 10
During our stay in Indiput, we became acquainted with the literature of that country also. An old Jantoo, who was doing of the job of head cook in the house of Mr. Topiwala, was well versed with the literature of Indiput. Whenever, he used to be free from his work, he used to tell us the famous stories and tails of indiput. He was a great story teller. He used to tell the stories in a very interesing, charming end spicy manner. We liked all stories, which were told by nim to us. But, I liked the stories most, which were called the stories of PARPANCHTANTRA for preaching deception and treachery through the morals of the stories. The stories of PARPANCHTANTRA’‘ were as popular in Indiput as stories of “PANCHTANTRA” are in India.
The story of the origion of the stories of PARPANCHTANTRA was also very interesting, which was also told by the old cook to us. Once upon a time, there was a king, who ruled over Indiput many years ago. He had four sons, who were very honest, truthful, noble and gentle. The king remained very much worried about them. He engaged many teachers to teach dishonesty, craftiness and wickedness to them, but all of them failed to do so, It increased the worry of the king. Ultimately, the royal cook of the king came forward and offered to do the miracle. Tne king agreed. The cook took the princes to the royal kitchen and educated them there through stories, which were called as “PARPANCHTANTRA”. The princes came out of the kitchen after becoming perfect Jantoos and as masters of crookedness, treachery and craftiness. The cooks, in Indiput, were in fact, great story tellers, as they were masters of the art of cooking up. Dear reader, I am unable to control my temptation to tell one story of PARPANCHTANTRA”, which I liked most.
A STORY OF PARPANCHTANTRA
Once upon a time, there was a lion living in a jungle. The lion was uncontrollable and unchecked. Once a fight took place between the lion and an elephant. The lion was injured in the fight and one of his legs became fractured. A Jackal who was the follower of the lion, used to live with him. The Jackal used to subsist by eating whatever was used to be left by the lion, after eating his victims. Due to fracture of its leg, the lion became lame and became unfit to do the hunting. As a result the lion and the jackal both started starving. When, the jackal could not bear the hunger, he hit upon a plan that the lion would hide himself at some place in the jungle and that the Jackal would bring some animal near him by alluring and coaxing the animal. The lion would kill the animal by a sudden attack on it.
The lion hid himself in the jungle, at one place, in a patch of very long green grass. The Jackal went to a village in search of some animal. A donkey was grazing dry grass, in the fields, outside the village. In reply to query of the Jackal, the donkey told him that he was a very unfortunate animal and that his owner was very callous and used to get much work from him, but in return, used to give him nothing to eat. The donkey told him that he had to eat dry grass for saving his life.
After hearing his story, the jackal told him that he knew such a place in the jungle, which is full of long green grass and that a very beautiful female donkey was living in the grass. The Jackal told him that if he would follow him, he would take him to that place and then the donkey would have a very good grass to eat and a very beautiful she donkey to love.
Being allured by the false words of the Jackal, the donkey followed him into the jungle. When, the donkey reached near the grass, the lion jumped at once at him. But the donkey saw the lion before his jumping and ran back from there and saved his life.
The Jackal became much annoyed with the lion and abused and insulted him for his failure to kill the donkey. The lion felt very much ashamed. The Jackal asked the lion to hide himself again in the grass and to remain vigilant that time. Thereafter, he went towards the village for bringing back the donkey into the jungle again.
On seeing the jackal, the donkey complained to him that he had taken him to a very dangerous place, where some horrible animal tried to attack him and that had he not run away from there, he would have been killed by that animal. Upon that, the jackal told the donkey that he was frightened without any reason. The animal was, in fact, the female donkey, who on seeing the donkey could not control her feelings and jumped forward to embrace him, but he mistook her for some horrible and dangerous animal out of fear. The Jackal told the donkey that the female donkey had started loving him very much and she was waiting for the donkey very impatiently.
After being over whelmed and deceived by the talk of the jackal, the donkey started towards the jungle for the second time. When he reached there, the lion jumped upon the donkey, at the right moment and killed him. After killing the donkey, the lion went to the river to take bath, after asking the jackal to keep the vigil and to guard the dead donkey. The jackal started guarding the donkey. It took some time for the lion to take bath and to come back. So, the jackal, which was overwhelmed by the hunger, ate ears and the brain of the donkey. When the lion returned after the bath, he found the ears and the brain of the donkey missing. The lion became annoyed with the Jackal and shouted at him with anger that why he had made the flash of the donkey impure, by eating his ears and brain. The jackal tried to pacify the lion by telling him that he had not eaten any part of the flesh of the donkey and that, in fact, the donkey was not having the ears and the brain, from the very beginning and that it was due to lack of the ears and the brain, that the donkey came back to the jungle for the second time again, after having been deceived for the first time. The lion felt satisfied with the explanation of the jackal and became fully pacified. Thereafter, both of them ate the meat of the donkey to the fill of their stomachs.
After telling us the above story, the old cook winked his eyes in a very mischievous manner and told us that, in fact, it was a symbolical story and it was beyond the limits of the powers of the perception and wisdom of the Jantoos to understand the meaning of its symbols. He told us that the lion was the symbol of authority and the elephant was the symbol of the democracy and the jackal was the symbol of the politician in the said story. He further explained to us that the donkey was the symbol of the voter of that country, who could be deceived easily for the second time, after having been deceived for the first time.
Chapter – 11
One day, Mr. Topiwala was to take part in a conference. The conference was on the subject of finding out and inventing new remedies for removing social evils of Indiput. Many professers and scholars had come to take part in the conference from all the corners of Indiput. Mr. Topiwala was the chief guest of the conference. The washerman of Mr. Topiwala used to act as a ghost writer for Topiwala and used to write speeches for him. The washerman had written a very beautiful speech for Topiwala, for delivering it in the said conference.
But, after we had reached in the conference hall, we came to that the papers of speech had been changed. Instead of the papers of the speech which was to be read over in that conference, the papers of a speech, to be delivered later on, in a conference of eunuchs, had been brought by Mr. Topiwala by mistake. Mr. Topiwala was having no capacity and ability to deliver a speech extempore. Firstly he made up his mind to read the same speech in that conference, but then changed his mind. So, at the time, when Mr. Topiwala was called to deliver his speech, he made an excuse of his illness and asked me to deliver the speech, in his place.
I became very much excited, as it was first occasion in my life to deliver a speech and that too extempore. Seeing my eagerness and excitement to deliver the speech Gulliver advised me in a low voice to remain cautious and calm. I promised to keep his advice in my mind. But, the moment I stood up to deliver the speech, I forget his advice and started my speech in a very overzealous and overexcited manner. In my speech, I told the audience that the inhabitants of Indiput were, infact, living in a world of deceptions and delusions. I told them that the things which they were considering to be their defects and evils were, in reality, their virtues and what they were considering to be their virtues were in fact, their evils. I told them that they were not “Homo-superiors” but were in fact, “Homo-Inferiors” and were rather, inferior to even human beings. I told them that, in fact, they were very worthless and wicked creatures and that their being an animal was the root cause of their worthlessness, badness and evilness. I told them that their race was in fact, a very barbaric, uncivilized, cruel, dishonest, corrupt and underdeveloped race. I told them not to shut their eyes to the realities and to set the movement of clock forward, instead of backward.
A MODEST PROPOSAL
During the course of my speech, I gave a very modest suggestion to the Indiputians that in order to put an end to their all evils defects and problems, it was essential that they should try to become human beings. For that, I proposed two remedies to them.
The first remedy, which I suggested to them was based on the famous allopathic system of medicine of our world. I suggested to them that they should marry their female Jantoos with human beings. As a result, the children, who would be born to them, would be just like human beings and would be free from all evils.
The second remedy, which I suggested to them, was based on the famous principle of Homeopathic system of medicine of our world that “similar cures similar”. I told them that as per that principle of medicine, the disease is cured with that very thing, which could cause that very disease itself. So, I gave my second suggestion to them that they, as per that principle, should marry their female Jantoos with real dogs. The children, who would be born out of the wedlock of the female Jantoos with the dogs, would be free from all their wickedness and evils and would be like human beings, exactly in all respects.
On hearing my above said suggestions, a pin drop silence fell upon the whole of the congregation. The faces of all of the Jantoos present there became pale and of earthen colour, due to shock. The idiots had no capacity to digest and face the truth. The mouth of Mr. Topiwala became opened with shock and the tablet of quinine fell down from his mouth. Soon, the shock of Jantoos turned into anger. They started moving towards us growling and howling in a very manancing manner. I remained standing on the platform non-plussed, without knowing what to do. It was Gulliver who again came to my rescue. Sensing the danger fully, he shook me out of the stupor and asked me to run away. So, both of us started running for saving our lives. The Jantoos followed us shouting “Kill them, kill them”. I went on running. While running, I went on crossing jungles, river, towns and villages, till I found myself standing on the top of the hill. I looked behind me. From the hilltop, the Indiputians were looking like very despicable, crawling worms of some dirty drain, in the deep valley below. When I looked on the other side of the hill I saw my beloved India. On seeing my motherland, I started crying with joy and happiness. At last, I had come out of that hell and had found my country again. Suddenly, I felt that I was standing alone on the hilltop. I looked around, but there was no sign or trace of Gulliver anywhere. Perhaps, we were separated from each other, when we were running to save our lives very desperately. Gulliver had disappeared, after bringing me out of that turbulent country of the wicked animals, safely, as mysteriously and as suddenly as he did when he met me for the first time, in the jungle, as if with some mysterious design of the Destiny.
The parting from Gulliver was very painful and sad for me. But, soon, I overcame my sadness. I pulled out my artificial teeth of dog and my tail and threw both of them into the deep valley of Indiput. Both of them fell into the valley with a loud thud. Therefore, I started getting down the hill to reach my beloved India.
1. Jungle: The Allegory starts from the very first line of the story. The word jungle is used as a symbol for the land of lawlessness and chaos. The word animal stands for evil and wicked men, both common man and the men of power, ready to devour the good and the innocent. Evidently, the jungle signified India itself.
2. Khushpur : The literal meaning of the name of the village is a village full of happiness.
3. Gulliver: Gulliver is the main character of sir Johnathan swift ‘s famous satire “Gulliver ‘s Travels”. The book was published in England in the year of 1726.Gulliver is an imaginary seaman. The book relates to his imaginary travels to four strange lands. His first travel is to Lilliput, the land of six inches tall pygmies. His second travel is to the land of Giants, which is called Brobdingnag. His third and fourth travels are to Laputa and Houyhnhnm’s the lands inhabited by the scientists and horses. In the first two travels,the man is shown in the littleness of his character and then in the wickedness of his character, in the shape of the pygmies and the Giants, respectively. The book is in fact ,a great satire on the four aspects of man i.e. the physical, the political, the intellectual and the moral. The book is considered as a supreme comic satirical work of the world. The first two travels of the book to the land of pygmies and Giants are very famous and popular among the children of the whole of the world, due to their great appeal to the playful fancy and imagination of the children.
4. Bunyan tree: In the Hindu mythology, the fig and Bunyan trees are considered to be very sacred and auspicious . The saints worship the God, while sitting beneath the said trees for seeking blessing of the god and for seeking their salvation.
Chapter – 2
1. Avtaar: Avtaar means incarnation or embodiment of some god, in the form of a man , to punish the evil and to help and save the good and the innocent .
2. Wolves: The word wolves is used to denote the evil men of power of India.
3. The shape of sparrow: In ancient times, the India was called “The sparrow of gold”. It was a rich country in old times. The word sparrow was used for it’s sparrow like shape on the map . It seems that the word “Shape of sparrow” is intentionally used to give a hint to the real identity of Indiput.
[* 4. The Deep valley :- The deepness of the valley denotes the degradation and the loss of character . One has to fall very down to reach such lowness of character. *]
1. Naked : The word naked symbolises the nakedness of the cultural and moral values.
2. Rags : The wearing of rags denotes retaining of old time – torn ruins of deteriorated values and principles.
3. Dusky brown uniforms :This coloured uniform is weared by the Indian policemen.
4. The judge was hungry : The reference can be made to the great English poet Alexander pope ‘s mock epic “the Rape of Lock “, where is there is mention of the judges , who passed their judgments in a hurry.
1. Artificial Tails : The old original manuscript of 1977 contains the following lines :-
“ There were many kind of artificial tails in the shop . There were ordinary artificial tails , which could not be waived or moved after their plantation or the posteriors . There was another model of artificial tails . Which have a handle affixed with the tails , which used to hang on the front part of the body and with the movement of it , the tails could be waived easily . We liked this model most , although , after it’s affixation , the handle could give a very strange look to the front portion of the body and the moving of the handle at the time of waiving tails could create very awkward situation .We purchased two tails of that type along with two artificial teeth of dogs and came out of the shop”.
[* 2. Playing cards with nurses :- The words are used to denote the endeavors of the doctor to establish amorous relationship with the nurses. *]
3. The Game : This word has a hidden meaning of hunting , here .
[* 4. Re-liquefying the dried ink :- The present version of re-liquefying of the dried ink with spit and then with drop of urine was in the original manuscript of 1977 and it shows the Indiputians officials disrespect for the Government rules and regulations. *]
In the present book, firstly this version was substituted by a new version that the ink was re-liquiefied by the headman by putting some drops of the water from a tumbler , from which he had already drunk water. But the old version was again restored to show the most despicable character of the government officials of Indiput.
[* 5. War of the dog :- This episode of the war of the dog is included in this chapter to lesson the burden of the story and to depict the treachereous and crooked nature of the Indiputians. *]
6. Aarti : It is a traditional act , in which earthen lamp and cinnabar and flowers etc. are placed in a plate and the plate is moved in circles around the face of a warrior , who is going to a battle field and it is prayed to the almighty for the victory of the warrior . In this book aarti is performed , when the warriors are going to fight with a dog only . But , in the land of jantoos , the dog signifies that real bravery and the strength of the character.
Chapter – 6
1. Homo-sapian : Homo-sapian is the zoological name of the we human beings.
2. Homo superior : Some of the zoologists and scholars are of the view that as the man has evolved from the race of the chimpanzees , we human beings may one day develop and evolve into a very pure and powerful , both physically and mentally, race of super human beings, which they have named as “ Homo superiors”. The theory of evolution has been propounded by Darwin.
3.They were very religious : Can a person be still termed as religious, if he is very corrupt dishonest , mean , selfish , crooked and treachrous. The hint is at the false claim of Indians , who call them as very religious persons.
4. Test tube babies : The Indians have a queer habit of boasting that every new invention was already known to their ancestors. Their this habit of bragging is laughed at in this paragraph. The brief description of Picher babies in the book is a reference to the story of king Dhritrashtra and his sons Kaurvas , who were the evil party in the great battle of Mahabharta.
5. Dev Nagri script : The Dev Nagri script is the script of Hindi Language, which is the national languate of India.
6. Indiput ass services cader : The fererence is to very powerful class of Indian Administrative services i.e. IAS cadre public servants, who control all the affinirs of the country and are apointed on the most important and powerful posts of the country.
7. Keens : This name is derived from the name of great English Economists lord Keynes , only in playful manner.
8. The controversy regarding cooking of the egg : It is drawn from the famous controversy regarding breaking of egg , mentioned in sir Jonathan swift ‘s Gulliver ‘s travel to Lilliput , to increase the amusement of the story and to show pettiness of the enmity between different nations.
9. Saint Durwasa : An ancient Indian saint , who is known for his short temper and easily gotten anger. He was in the nature of being annoyed on the shortest mistake of others and to curse them . It is the saint Durwasa , who cursed Shakuntala in the famous ancient Indian epic.” Abhinav shakuntalams, written by great Indian poet Kalidas. It is due to his curse that king Dushyant forgot Shakuntla, with whom he had married secretly in the jungle.
10. Add : Such type of adds appear in newspapers in India daily and are totally false . The companies cheat people by giving such false adds.
Chapter – 7
1. 1977 Elections : India got freedom from the British rule in the year of 1947. After independence , one politician Nehru became prime minister of India . The post independence era i.e. the period after 1947 to 1977 witnessed the day by day detenioration in the Indian political life , which in turn resulted in manifold increase in the power and corruption of government servants and in manifold increase in suppression of common man . Nehru was a very incompetent ruler. His daughter Indira Gandhi became prime minister of India in the year 1966 . It was during her tenure that the corruption in the Indian political life touched its lowest ebb and the bureaucracy became more and more wicked, fearless and lawless . Her tenure is marked by unaccountable stories of violation of human rights . she tried to justify the corruption of the government servants by calling the corruption a universal plenomenon . In the year of 1975 her election was set aside by Allahabad High court . In order to save her position, she imposed emergency in India , by throwing all the rights given under the constioution of India to Indian citizens , into the dust.The period of emergency is full of thousands of tyrnical stories of in human torturues and atrocities committed by Govt. servants and police upon citizens , Not only this , the Govt. servants indulged in forcible family planning operations , even of bachleors . So , the election of 1977 was looked upon by Indians as a battle for freedom from tyranny and suppression . The election was considered as a battle between the good and the evil . But , in fact the election failed to change the fate of the common man and the new rulers proved to be as corrupt and wicked as the old were . The election proved to be as feutile exercise as any other election from 1947 to this date .
2. The Battle of second Independence: India gained freedom in 1947 from the British rule. But after 1947, the Indian men in power both policitians and government servants proved to be more wicked, more corrupt, more cruel, more dishonest and more autocratic. The election of the year 1977 was seen as an opportunity to get freedom from all these cruel people. But the election changed nothing, because the persons who won the election were copies of the old politicians and the fate of the common man remained same.
3. Darkness : Note the symbol of darkness used by the author time and again in this satire .
[* 4. Donkey :- The reference is to the Indian voter. *]
[* 5. Ran khashtra :- Battlefield *]
6. Lord Ganesha : A hindu god , with trunk of elephant afixed on his face, he is son of lord shiva and parvati. He is considered as remover of all hindrances and is invoked before the begining of all auspicious acts and deed.
[* 7. Mother Saraswati :- The goodness of art and learning , as per hindu religious beliefts. *]
[* 8. Lord Varuna :- The god of sea. *]
[* 9. Mother Vasundra :- The name of the earth and she has been given status of godess, in hindu religion. *]
[* 10. Thirty three crore gods :- According to hindu religion and mythology there are thirty three crore gods in India , who represent and control all walks of the life and all elements of the nature . One hundred thousand is equal to one crore. *]
[* 13. Russo :- Indira Gandhi was supported by Russua, One of the two super powers, because of her pro-Russia inclination and due to her anti-america stand. *]
[* 14. Amrico:- America was supporting the opposite parties. *]
[* 15. Lord Virendra Brahmachari :- The name of very rich person who faigned as a saint , Chand Rani was fully in his grip. The hint is at the general habit of Indian politicians who , run after such fake saints , for getting power . such fake saints just behave like super gods. *]
[* 16. Contitution kumar :- Reference is to the constituion of India , which is the charter of human rights in India. *]
17. Emergency Lal : The misdeeds done by the Government during emergency period, referred above, is symbolized in the shape of son of Sarkar Rani friend of Chand Rani.
18. Mootra Deva : God of urine, Dev means god , Mootra means urine.
19. Morari lal : The reference is to the leader of opposite party who beleived in urine cult and used to drink his own urine daily , as per principles of Indian system of medicine. He became prime minister of Indian, after election of 1977, but he also did nothing for the uplifting of common people, like other politicins.
20. Battle of Lolipos : The reference is to a very notorious. practise of Indian politicians, who change sides and their fake idoiogies, just before the election, to befool the voters.
21. A’stra : Astra means a deadly weapon or an arm , which
can be thrown from a distance with the help of bow or otherwise, with bare hand . Brahmastra is a deadly arrow, as powerful as hydrogen bomb, which has been prepared by lord Brahma, as per Indian scriptures . In this book the false slogans, which are used in elections, by the Indian politicians, are referred to in the shape of astras i.e. arrows, which destroy the enemy side.
22. Remove poverty : A very popular but a totally false slogan most often used by Indira Gandhi , the then prime minister of India before every election to be fool voters.
23. Save Democaracy : A slogan used by opposite party to counter the effect of the slogan of remove poverty.
24. “Bees sootri point” arrow : It means a slogan of twenty point programme.Indian politicians often befool people by pronouncing such useless and worthless programme for the uplift of common people, but such formulas are never implemented and the money reserved for such programmes is totally pocketed by the minister and government officers. The money never reaches the common people.
25. Bees Mootri programme : It means programme of twenty urines. The phrase is just coined for the sake of amusement to counter the “Bees Sootri Programme” arrow of Indra Gandhi. Bees Sootri Means 20 Programme.
26. Reservati on Astra : All the parties use this slogan, with a promise to reserve posts for low class Indians. But this slogan is a very crooked trap for diving voters. A very sad aspect of the slogan is that insteed of providing work to all people; the politicians are befooling people by giving such slogans.
27. Kaala : Lord of death.
30. Atomic explosion Astra: Slogan used by Indira Gandhi for starting atomic explosion programme in Indira. But such slogans did not attract voters in 1977 election.
31. Bangla Desh Astra : Indira Gandhi got Bangla Desh separated from pakistan in 1971, in a Indo-pak war.
32. Anjay: Reference is to son of a Minister, who used to be surrouned by Ladies feigning as social workers, who run money and power. The word hunger is used to denote sexual/amorous relationship between son and such social workers. It is a general phenomenon between son’s of ministers and female in Indian politics. These sons are very unruly and licentious.
1. Legalised gang of criminals: The pharse was used by justice Krishna Ayyar of the supreme court of Indian regarding Indian police, many years ago, in the year of about 1968. It is more true now in our times.
2. Charriot with a red Lantern and the crying Jackal: The reference is to the highly undmocratic practise of Indian politicians and officers, who travel in cars with red signals and hooters, though the reference is in a very comic manner.
3. Janaardan: In India , this words means a god , but it is used as a name of men also.
5. Waiving of Tails: Is the original version , the artificial tails were shown to have a handle affixed in front of the tails , which used to hung on the front middle part o the person , after affixation of the artificial tail. So , In the original version , it was written as under :-
“we also bowed our head and started shaking the handles to waive the tails , which gave a very awkward and strange look to our bodies . A cop animal took it as an immoral act.” But this version in the present book.
6. Gunda: In India this word stands for the criminals, who indulge in man handling rioting and other crime openly.
7. Prison camps: It remainds one of the prison camp mentioned in a famous book of Nobel Laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the great Russian writer.
8. Boat shaped cap: In Indian , the politicians wear boat shaped caps .
9. Topiwala: The literal meaning of the word Topiwala is a person wearing a cap. The topi means the cap .
1. Smaller by half an inch : In the Lilliput the king is bigger than the other liliputians by half an inch . But here in Indiput, the lenders are lowered by half an inch than the others. So, here the smallness of leaders is even bigger than the common Jantoos.
1. Panchtantra: Panchtantra is the name of famous Indian fables, which can be compared with the fables of Acsop. The story goes like this that there was a king in ancient India, who had four sons , who were not aware of wordly affairs. No teacher could train them in wordly affairs in spite of their best efforts. Then a teacher by the name of Vishnu sharma came forward and teach them with stories and make them very clever in wordly affairs through morals of the stories. The literal meaning of word panchtantra is five systems.
2. Parpanchtantra: The meaning of word parpanch is wickedness . So, parpachtantra means system of wickedness.
Gulliver's Travel to Indiput, The Land of Jantoos (Gulliver's Fifth Travel)
The Greatest Satirical Novel of the 20th Century. The narrator of the story Gulliver Singh, the Indian version of Gulliver, is lost in the jungle and is saved by Gulliver and both of them travel through a very strange land of Jantoos called Indiput. Very strange creatures called Jantoos inhabit Indiput where the values are Topsy-Turvy and the words are having very strange and opposite meanings. Outwardly, Gulliver and Gulliver Singh are two character's but in reality both of them are only one character, the character of unbeatable, unshakable, unmitigated eternal man, who transcends all the boundaries of time and space. Though it is a very harsh and bitter satire but without any doubt, it is one of the greatest satire of all times. The writer has used all the weapons of a satirist such as irony, ridicule, banter, symbolism, metaphors, similes, comparisons, taunting, punning on the words, mock epic style, and what not, with much command and excellence. The reading of the novel provides a very unique experience to the reader. One of the most interesting stories of our times.
- Author: Gurdip Singh Saini
- Published: 2016-04-19 13:50:23
- Words: 32381