When did the Tiger King stand in danger of losing his kingdom? How was he able to avert the danger?

Question: When did the Tiger King stand in danger of losing his kingdom? How was he able to avert the danger? [CBSE Delhi 2010, 2012]

Answer: Tiger King, to disprove the astrologer’s prediction started to hunt and kill tigers. He also banned tiger hunting by anyone except the Maharaja. Anyone who disobeyed him was punished and all his wealth and property was confiscated. A British high ranking officer wished to hunt tigers. The Maharaja told that the officer could hunt any other animal except the tiger. The British officer’s secretary wanted the Maharaja to allow the British officer to take a photograph of himself holding a gun and standing over a tiger’s carcass. The Maharaja refused permission because he did not want anybody to kill a tiger. At this, the Maharaja stood in danger of losing his kingdom. Hence, he offered a bribe of 50 gold rings which were valued at three lakhs, to the wife of the British officer. By this act, the Maharaja was able to avert the danger.


When did the Tiger King stand in danger of losing his kingdom? How was he able to avert the danger?


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