THE TIGER KING is a chapter in 12th NCERT Textbook 'Vistas'.................
Text of THE TIGER KING (CLASS XII CBSE)
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The story reveals around the Tiger king whose nameThe story reveals around the Tiger king whose name was Jilani Jung Jung Bahadur . When he was born , thewas Jilani Jung Jung Bahadur . When he was born , the astrologers had foretold that one day the king wouldastrologers had foretold that one day the king would die. Suddenly a miracle happened and the ten year olddie. Suddenly a miracle happened and the ten year old Jung Jung Bahadur startedJung Jung Bahadur started speaking; he told them that allspeaking; he told them that all those who were born wouldthose who were born would have to die one day, so he askedhave to die one day, so he asked them to tell the manner of histhem to tell the manner of his death.death. SummarySummary
Everyone stood stunned that an infant born just tenEveryone stood stunned that an infant born just ten days ago was talking in such a manner. The chiefdays ago was talking in such a manner. The chief astrologer told that he was born in hour of the bull . Asastrologer told that he was born in hour of the bull . As bull and tiger were enemiesbull and tiger were enemies therefore his death wouldtherefore his death would come from Tiger.come from Tiger.
The Maharaja grew stronger and took to tiger hunting.The Maharaja grew stronger and took to tiger hunting. He was overjoyed when killed the first tiger. When heHe was overjoyed when killed the first tiger. When he told the chief astrologer about that, the chief astrologertold the chief astrologer about that, the chief astrologer told him that he may kill 99 tigers but he must betold him that he may kill 99 tigers but he must be careful with the 100th one. In ten years he killed 70careful with the 100th one. In ten years he killed 70 tigers. Soon the tiger population became extinct in thetigers. Soon the tiger population became extinct in the forests of Pratibandapuram.forests of Pratibandapuram.
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So the maharaja marriedSo the maharaja married to a royal family whereto a royal family where tiger population wastiger population was rich.rich. Maharaja JungMaharaja Jung Jung Bahadur killed fiveJung Bahadur killed five or six tigers each timeor six tigers each time he visited his father inhe visited his father in law.law. Thus thereby heThus thereby he killed 99 tigers but onekilled 99 tigers but one was still left.was still left.
There was no sign of tigers anywhere. Maharaja couldThere was no sign of tigers anywhere. Maharaja could not bear anymore. He raised the land tax and alsonot bear anymore. He raised the land tax and also dismissed some of his men. There was a tiger broughtdismissed some of his men. There was a tiger brought later for maharaja. Maharaja took his men for hunt. Helater for maharaja. Maharaja took his men for hunt. He shooted the tiger but it missed the tiger. Maharaja didshooted the tiger but it missed the tiger. Maharaja did not notice that.not notice that.
Maharaja men knew about it but they fear to tell theMaharaja men knew about it but they fear to tell the maharaja, then they may lose their job, so they killed themaharaja, then they may lose their job, so they killed the tiger. But maharaja did not know that he still has onetiger. But maharaja did not know that he still has one tiger left to be killed. Maharaja had to attend his 3tiger left to be killed. Maharaja had to attend his 3 year old sons birthday . he gifted him a wooden tiger.year old sons birthday . he gifted him a wooden tiger. The tiger was made by an unskilled man . its surfaceThe tiger was made by an unskilled man . its surface was rough , as a result its sharp edge pierced intowas rough , as a result its sharp edge pierced into maharajas hand. slowly infection spread into hismaharajas hand. slowly infection spread into his whole hand and as a result maharaja died.whole hand and as a result maharaja died.
Wooden TigerWooden Tiger Thus the fateful hundredth tiger though a wooden one was the cause of the maharajas death and proved the prediction of the astrologer correct.
HumorHumor The tiger king isThe tiger king is an example of aan example of a humorous story. Therehumorous story. There are number of incidentsare number of incidents in the story which arein the story which are quite funny.quite funny. When maharajaWhen maharaja was of just ten days hewas of just ten days he started speaking whichstarted speaking which was astonishing andwas astonishing and addresses theaddresses the astrologers clearly inastrologers clearly in his squeaky voice.his squeaky voice. The kings beliefThe kings belief that he would change histhat he would change his destiny and the astrologersdestiny and the astrologers acceptance of the challengeacceptance of the challenge that he would cut off histhat he would cut off his hair and become insurancehair and become insurance agent is quite comic.agent is quite comic.
Kalki again makesKalki again makes fun of the king when hefun of the king when he tells us that the king didtells us that the king did not attend to anything,not attend to anything, not even his three - year -not even his three - year - old son, as he was busyold son, as he was busy completing the target ofcompleting the target of killing hundred tigers.killing hundred tigers. The suggestion ofThe suggestion of mouse hunting ormouse hunting or mosquitomosquito hunting instead ofhunting instead of tiger hunting, totiger hunting, to the British officerthe British officer is amusing.is amusing.
Even theEven the conversation betweenconversation between king and Dewan aboutking and Dewan about king marrying a tigerking marrying a tiger and his ancestors beingand his ancestors being married to swordsmarried to swords generates a lot of humor.generates a lot of humor.
Finally the killing of hundredth tiger and the way theFinally the killing of hundredth tiger and the way the dewan and his wife drag the tiger to the car, make it sitdewan and his wife drag the tiger to the car, make it sit on the back seat of the car, drive it to the forest, dragson the back seat of the car, drive it to the forest, drags the tiger out of the car and the tiger in front of the kingthe tiger out of the car and the tiger in front of the king offering himself to be shot and finally fainting from theoffering himself to be shot and finally fainting from the sound of the bullet and the king celebrating his victorysound of the bullet and the king celebrating his victory over his destiny was really comic.over his destiny was really comic.
MessageMessage THE TIGER KING BY KALKI IS ATHE TIGER KING BY KALKI IS A SCATHING CRITICISM ON THE WANTONSCATHING CRITICISM ON THE WANTON MANNER IN WHICH THE TIGER KING GOESMANNER IN WHICH THE TIGER KING GOES ON A TIGER KILLING SPREE. HENCE THEON A TIGER KILLING SPREE. HENCE THE NATURE HAS TO BE PRESERVED AND NOTNATURE HAS TO BE PRESERVED AND NOT DECIMATED.DECIMATED.
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