Today i will tell you an Akbar & Birbal story. Its about a mango tree. It tells us that Truth always finds its way and cannot be hidden.
One day two farmers Ramu and Shamu approached Birbal.
Ramu said, “There is a mango tree on the edge of my farm. It has always belonged to me. Now Shamu claims that the tree is his.”
“Huzur, the tree belongs to me. I have watered it from the time it was a sapling,” said Shamu.
Birbal asked them to go home and come back the next day. He then called a trusted servant and said, “Go to their houses in the evening and tell them that some mangoes are being stolen by thieves. Report their reaction to me.”
When Ramu heard the news of the thieves he said, “I have some urgent work now. I will look into the matter later.” On the other hand, as soon as Shamu heard the news he ran out towards the tree with a stick in his hand.
Next day Birbal said to them, “The tree obviously cannot belong to both of you. But since I find it difficult to settle this dispute, I order that the mangoes be plucked and divided equally between the two of you. ”
“And for the tree, it will be cut down and the wood too will be equally divided,” Birbal added.
Ramu felt happy and said, “You are just and fair.”
Shamu had teers in his eyes and said, “Huzur, I have tended the tree for seven years. I cannot see it being cut down. Please let the tree go to Ramu.”
“Shamu, your concern for the tree has told me all that I wanted to know,” said Birbal and added, ” I declare you to be the rightful owner of the tree. Let Ramu be whipped for telling a lie.”
The exchange between Akbar The Great (Mogul emperor) and Birbal (his minister) have become folk stories in Indian tradition and illustrate day-to-day questions through for wisdom, wit and subtle humour.