While teaching English to 11th class, syllabus of State of Maharashtra I did come across very interesting chapter named ‘Jamun Tree’ by Krishan Chander, the topic revolves around irresponsible or indifferent bureaucracy of india. The jamun tree falls in the lawn of the secretariat and people discovers that there was man under it. As mostly, we evident these kind of situations, crowd gather there, some people even try to remove the man trapped under the tree who’s alive.And we get insight into the work of beuocracy through further events.
The writer depicts his craft to present the situation vividly through satire.the men who were trying to assist the man getting out from under the tree were hesitated by chain of bureaucratic officials, first of all they needed permission from under secretary, under Secretary to the deputy secretary and next, the higher authority of that department that is minister and as we anticipated they said the issue comes under agriculture department. These efforts take half a day, the next day there was rediculus reply from horticulture department according to which tree will not be cut, hence men on the spot decide to cut the man in two parts as he can be joined through plastic surgery! Then again the cycle begin report was sent to medical department, plastic surgeon comes there according to his report surgery will be successful but the only snag was patient may die!
Now it was the turn of agriculture department which states that lawn is of the industrial department. Industrial department handles the responsibility to horticulture department as it was fruit tree , which take whole day. Police as usual comes there but to chase crowd away. Then accidentally, they come to know that the man is poet, so poets come there ,even make him member of Sahitya Acadamy but do not remove him from under the tree. he was offered stipend for his family but they can not remove him from under the tree. The issue then goes to forest department, which is again unable to take decisions, and the last authority was prime minister , who allows the tree to be cut but the man under the tree was already dead by then.
The writer gives us very vivid presentation of how Indian bureaucracy is insensitive and indifferent towards human life for who’s welfare these departments are made for. The roads have pits and poor condition of travel who’s responsible for the accidents and the people got killed in them? construction department, traffic, suppliers of raw materials corruption MP, MLA? Bridges constructed during British rule swept in floods numbers of people were dead, who’s responsible? Buildings crumbles down made recently so and so numbered people were dead who’s responsible? There are so many such issues for which the common people just lingered upon who’s responsible? The answers from authorities instigation is process , you will receive companionship the unending process for common people!