NCERT Solutions Class 12 English Vistas Chapter 2 - The Tiger King

NCERT Solutions Class 12 English Vistas Chapter 2 - The Tiger King

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The Tiger King

Page No: 8

Read and Find Out

1. Who is the Tiger King? Why does he get that name?


Jilani Jung Jung Bahadur, the king of Pratibandapuram, is known as the

Tiger King. At the time of his birth the astrologers declared that the

prince would have to die one day. The ten-day-old prince asked the

astrologers to reveal the manner of his death. The wise men were

baffled at this miracle. The chief astrologer said that his death would

come from the tiger. The young prince growled and uttered terrifying

words: 'Let tigers beware!' He decided to kill one hundred tigers. He

thus got the name 'Tiger King'.

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1. What did the royal infant grow up to be?


The royal infant grew up to be the king of Pratibandapuram who was

obsessed with the idea of killing one hundred tigers. He wanted to do so

to disprove the prophecy which said that his death would come from the

hundredth tiger. This made him kill all tigers of Pratibandapuram. He

even married for the sake of this ambition. He came to be known as the

Tiger King.

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1. What will the Maharaja do to find the required number of tigers to



To get the required number of tigers to kill, the Maharaja asked his

dewan to find a suitable girl for him to marry. A suitable girl for

matrimonial alliance would be one who would not only come from a

royal family but also belong to a state with a large tiger population. As

Pratibandapuram had no more tigers left, a province that belonged to

his father-in-law would certainly provide him with an opportunity to kill

more tigers and reach his aim of killing one hundred tigers.

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1. How will the Maharaja prepare himself for the hundredth tiger which

was supposed to decide his fate?


The Maharaja wanted to be extremely careful while dealing with the

hundredth tiger which was supposed to be the reason for his death. On

encountering the hundredth one, he took a careful aim at the tiger and

shot it. When it fell in a crumpled heap, he was overcome with joy and

left the place hastily.

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1. What will now happen to the astrologer? Do you think the prophecy

was indisputably disproved?


The astrologer dies before the king of Pratibandapuram gets an

opportunity to kill one hundred tigers. Disproving his prophecy seems to

be the sole reason for the king's existence. Except for killing hundred

tigers, everything else takes a back-seat for the king.

The prophecy cannot to be indisputably disproved as the king was

ultimately killed by a tiger, though neither by a real one nor by the

hundredth one. Looking at the weak, old and almost lifeless tiger that

was the hundredth one, no one would have thought that it would

escape the king’s bullet by fainting at the shock of the bullet whizzing

past. It was the “tiny little wooden tiger” from the toy shop that caused

the death of Tiger King.

Page No: 17

Reading with Insight

1. The story is a satire on the conceit of those in power. How does the

author employ the literary device of dramatic irony in the story?


The story "The Tiger King" is a supreme example of dramatic irony. The

character acts in a way grossly inappropriate to the actual circumstances

or expects the opposite of what fate holds in store for him'. Kalki has

used a very dexterous use of dramatic irony in the story. After killing the

first tiger the King flaunts its dead body before astrologer to show that

he is more powerful than the tiger. However, the astrologer warns the

king that he should be "careful with the hundredth tiger". The king 

chooses to prove the astrologer wrong once again and makes frantic

efforts to kill hundred tigers. Thus, having shot at the old tiger, the Tiger

king believes he has killed the hundredth tiger. But the reader as well as

the king's officers and minions soon come to know that the emaciated

tiger does not get killed but only faints. The king gets happy of killing the

tiger but in actual ignorant of this ironical fate the prediction proves to

be right and mere sliver on wooden tiger's body causes his dramatic

death. Quite ironically the hundredth tiger kills the king instead and

astrologer's predictions stands vindicated.

2. What is the author’s indirect comment on subjecting innocent animals

to the willfulness of human beings?


Through this satirical story the author has rightly portrayed how human

beings have subjected innocent animals to untold torture and death,

merely to fulfill their own whims and fancies. The maharaja’s

indiscriminate killing of tigers led to their extinction in some states, but

the maharaja was oblivious to the grave consequences his action was

leading to. In order to prove an astrologer wrong the maharaja went on

a killing spree proving his dominance over the hapless animals.

3. How would you describe the behaviour of the Maharaja’s minions

towards him? Do you find them truly sincere towards him or are they

driven by fear when they obey him? Do we find a similarity in today’s

political order?


Maharaja’s minions were subservient and sycophantic. Most of them

were scared of Maharaja and tried to keep him in good humour by

obeying his orders. They did not dare to disobey him as his displeasure

could mean loss of their job or even loss of their lives.

The astrologer was afraid of predicting his death , till Maharaja told him

to “ speak without fear”. Dewan who should have advised the king not

to kill the tigers did not dare to go against his wishes and aided his

marriage to a princess whose father’s kingdom possessed a large

number of tigers. Being afraid of losing his job, he presented an old tiger

to satisfy the whims of his Maharaja. Likewise , the hunters chose not to

inform him of the survival of the 100th tiger and instead killed it

themselves fearing that they might lose their jobs. Even the shopkeeper,

who sold the king a cheap wooden toy tiger, quoted a higher price lest

he should be punished under the rules of emergency.

So ,it is evident that the king’s minions were driven by fear rather than

any feelings of sincerity towards their ruler.

Today’s political order is no different. We know too well that many of

the people in power are not there because of their ability but because of

their influence and power. Moreover, others pander to them for their

own vested interests rather than for the good of the country.

4. Can you relate instances of game-hunting among the rich and the

powerful in the present times that illustrate the callousness of human

beings towards wildlife?


There have been some instances of game hunting in the present times.

Even the affluent have been involved in instances that illustrate the

callousness of human beings towards wildlife.

Salman Khan – Black Buck poaching case.

Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi - Antelope case.

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