There was a King who bred 10 wild dogs. He used them at his whim and will to torture public servants in his court who fell out of favor.
So one of the ministers once gave an opinion which proved to be wrong, and the King didn’t like at all.
So he ordered that the minister to be thrown to the dogs.
The shocked minister pleaded: ‘I served you 10 years with my sweat and blood and you do this?’
His pleas fell on deaf ears.
‘Okay, so be it. Please give me 10 days before you throw me in with those dogs.’
The merciful King conceded.
The minister went to the guard in charge of the dogs and told him he wanted to serve the dogs for the next 10 days.
The guard not knowing the reason was baffled. But he agreed.
So the minister started feeding the dogs, cleaning for them, washing them, providing all sorts of comfort for them.
So when the 10 days were up, the King, true to his word, ordered that the minister be thrown to the dogs for his punishment.
But when he was thrown in, everyone was amazed at what happened – they saw the dogs licking the feet of the minister!
The King did not like what he saw.
He asked petulantly: ‘What ever happened to the dogs? Do they know what they are doing?’’
The minister spoke up: ‘I served the dogs for 10 days and they didn’t forget my service. And I served you for 10 years and you forgot all about it in a trice.”
So the King realising his mistake made amends…
and got crocodiles instead for the minister and the dogs.
When the mighty make up their minds the meek don’t stand a chance.
PS: You may read ‘Authority’, ‘Government’, ‘Management’…for the ‘Mighty’. Need I add attribution to Chanakya is advertently erroneous 🙂
Source: facebook.com/groups/101024580247213/ (Gautham iyengar) and image from patch.com