Mughal Court: The Serpent in Firdaus?

Ritoma Sen from the Kingdom of Mewar reports on the proceedings of the 1st day of th Mughal Court.  

Bumbling baritones interspersed with squeaking sopranos are thrown across the hall. The second unmoderated caucus of the day is underway, and satisfactory debate is yet to take place. The session so far has been dominated by frivolous motions and repetitive arguments. The courtiers have failed to find a rhythm with each other and work towards solutions. Realisation that bountiful talk will not ensure the success of the committee is lacking. In fact, during the mentioned unmod, a delegate eagerly suggested, ‘We’ve talked enough about South, let’s talk about North.’

The representatives of the East India Company show no desire to propagate their cause either, barely speaking during session and choosing to raise idle issues whenever they do so. Their primary thrust iterates that if they are allowed to set up their factories in India, they will provide arms to help suppress the rebels and ‘take the Mughal Empire to greater heights,’ as stated by Nicholas Ballantyne.

The time for the unmoderated caucus of ten minutes has now lapsed, and the delegates are deliberating the passing of a directive when the Master of Spies walks in with a squirming, hooded captive in trail, announcing the capture of a non-Mughal soldier in Kandahar. Upon being interrogated about how he managed to infiltrate the Mughal Empire, he subtly laughs and says, ‘Why don’t you ask the snake in your garden?’

The final words of the intruder now hang in the air. What does he mean by a snake in the garden? Is there a mole in the Shehanshah’s trusted Court? Or does it refer to something else altogether? The courtiers each come up with their own interpretation. Some say the Mughal Court in its entirety can no longer be trusted, while others think the enemy is simply playing with their minds. Prince Karan, the representative of the King of Mewar, aptly points out the need to procced with caution due to the possibility of a traitor amongst them. Some courtiers lean towards the formation of a separate organisation comprising of a reliable few, to which others put forward their fears of disunity.

The delegates of the Mughal Court need to review their analytical skills in order to better deal with this crisis. Discussions now stand stagnant, and directives must be set forth to resolve it, for brute negations will lead to nothing. Will the courtiers be able to deliver? Will they be able to unearth this enigma? This, only time shall reveal.

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