Compensation –then and now
( “Then” based on a story from a book called AAnmeega Kalanchiyam(Spiritual collection )
A king went to hunt in the forest ,
And from a distance he saw some being on a tree,
And he shot and killed it with great ease,
But the being happened to be a young man.
The king’s servants summoned his parents,
Who were living in poor conditions in a hut,
And since their young son was their only support,
They cried and cried a lot, and felt very sad.
The king felt bad that he has killed that young man,
And offered to look after his parents but they refused,
And then the king removed all the jewellery that he wore,
And kept it on a plate and in another he kept his sword.
He told them, “Either take all my ornaments or kill me”,
And then the lad’s father told , “If we take your jewelleries,
WE would be insulting our son by selling him at a price fixed by you,,
And if we kill you, our son would be sad that the country had lost a good king”. And went away.
And now :-
But nowadays some rushing bus kills some one,
In a political Tamasha many people die,
A train derails and kills many for no fault of the driver or the Government,
And the only thing the parents of deceased want is a compensation in cash.