Through the depiction of 'tiger king' character and his ultimate end, Kalki hints the neglect of duties by men of elevated status. Men with power must incorporate the values of dedicated work, selflessness and courage. Discuss how such values can alter the destinies of individuals and states. Cite example from history where such values surged humanity.

Dear Student,

Kalki's "Tiger King" is a satire on the conceit of those in power. As a ten-day-old infant, the King pronounced the words, “Let tigers beware!” By challenging the astrologer’s prediction, he also challenges his death. Moreover, killing seventy tigers within a period of ten years and bringing the entire species close to extinction, marrying for the convenience of killing more tigers, exercising his authority to punish or tax people according to his whims and fancies, flaunting his power and richness in sending about fifty rings to the British officer’s lady or paying a bill of three lakh rupees, having a temper that would make other people lose their job or even life etc., are all part of this conceit. He does nothing for the sake of his people in the capacity of a king. All this has been highlighted in the story using humour, irony and exaggeration.

Kalki illustrates the King's dereliction of duty and hints at the neglect of duties by men of elevated status. We see it in everyday life too. Law officials and ministers are more inclined towards increasing their wealth and fame rather than working for the people who elected them. Men with power must incorporate the values of dedicated work, selflessness and courage. 

Gandhi as a leader brought together different cultures to fight for their freedom. His pursuit of independence and martyrdom influenced leaders who were his contemporaries as well as the future generations. He was one of the most famous leaders who sacrificed everything for the people. He changed the destiny of an entire nation.

Regards. 
 

 

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