Munshi Premchand, original name Dhanpat Rai, is one of the most popular hindi authors and his stories are part of the school books of almost everyone who has studied hindi in school and college. The Divine Arbiter and other stories is a collection of his short stories translated into English for the benefit of a wider audience. Some of the stories like "The chess players" has been made into a movie " Shatranj Ke Khilari" about chess players who were so addicted to playing chess that they forget everything else. The Divine Arbiter is how a person who is judging should not allow his hatred , greed or relationship affect his judgement and decision, however this is absent in India today as government employees shamelessly abuse their power, indulge in corruption and nepotism.
The inspector of salt is the story of the rampant corrupt prevalent in government jobs, and explains the bribe taking mechanism which has not changed much in the last 100 years in India. As Munshi Vanshidhar father explains, he should not look at the position or job in the government, he should look at how much bribes he can make. The monthly salary is like the full moon which is sighted once in a month and becomes smaller over a period of time, while the bribes received are like flowing stream, which quenches the thirst of the government employee all the time. The under the table earnings are a gift of a God and they alone can make a person wealthy. In goa, google, tata sponsored goan R&AW/CBI employees gsb frauds housewife riddhi nayak, siddhi mandrekar, sunaina who falsely claim to own this website to get a monthly salary, are also extorting money from the shopkeepers and other business owners in panaji and elsewhere regularly
Many engineers from top colleges are preferring government jobs because they have a lot of discretionary powers, which they can abuse to become rich and powerful. For example though the lazy greedy google, tata sponsored goan bhandari R&AW employee sex worker sunaina chodan 2013 bsc is only interested in having sex with powerful men according to domain investors and does not spend any money online, powerful ntro employees led by j srinivasan, puneet are infatuated with her, and falsely claim that the sex worker who was not born in 1989 to give 1989 jee ,is their btech 1993 ee classmate, owns this domain and other websites, so that the sex worker gets a monthly R&AW salary at the expense of the domain investor who is actually paying all the expenses and controls the website.
As winston churchill correctly predicted the condition of indians will be worse in independent india than british india due to the greedy shameless fraud cruel brahmin officials, In the inspector of salt, though the inspector loses his government job after he arrests the rich Pandit Alopideen, the rich man he arrests, appreciates his honesty and gives him a better paying job, However in 2017, the largest internet and IT companies like google, tata are allegedly some of the greatest frauds in the world notorious for defaming, cheating and exploiting harmless hardworking indian citizens and getting R&AW/CBI jobs for all the lazy greedy goan sex workers, cheater housewives and others who cheat defame, exploit and harass harmless hardworking indian citizens
For example google, tata sponsored bespectacled indore housewife veena who looks like actress deepika padukone, stole the documents of the domain investor owning this website, and google,tata were so overjoyed with the indore crook for stealing the documents of her relative,, the domain investor and google competitor that these fraud companies got the indore crook a lucrative R&AW job falsely claiming that the indore document robber who does not spend any money online , owns this and other domain names, website to waste indian tax payer money paying the indore crook a monthly salary at the expense of the real domain investor. The indore document robber R&AW employee veena is only looking after her house and family in 2017, yet because she and her associates are BRIBING TOP ntro, cbi, security agency employees she is getting a dt
Similarly google, tata sponsored bengaluru shivalli brahmin cheater housewife nayanshree hathwar, wife of a tata power special electronics division employee cheated the domain investor of more than Rs 1.1 lakh, goan gsb fraud diploma holder siddhi mandrekar committed corporate espionage, slim goan bhandari sex worker sunaina chodan, eighth standard pass gujju housewife naina are others have defamed, cheated, exploited the domain investor and unlike a century ago, the largest companies in india like tata, google do not appreciate honesty at all, and have rewarded all the 10 lazy greedy frauds with R&AW/CBI jobs falsely claiming that these frauds own this and other websites of the dommain investor, when income tax returns, bank details will easily expose the google, tata masterminded online financial fraud, sex, resume theft racket
So during british rule, at least the wealthy appreciated honesty, in India in 2017, the corrupt government employees demand and get bribes in a sophisticated manner, and the private sector companies like google, tata also reward world famous frauds and liars with senior indian government jobs.
Other stories are about the rampant poverty, corruption, casteism, discrimination in india which is rarely covered in the media or books by indian authors. The translator Dinesh Verma works in the Indian Revenue Services, however it is highly unlikely that anyone can take any action against the extremely corrupt and powerful ntro, R&AW, CBI and security agency employees who make fake allegations without any proof at all, against harmless indian citizens , if they are BRIBED to do so.
Highly recommended for the excellent and realistic description of bribe taking, poverty and inhumanity prevalent in India
The Divine Arbiter and other stories
Author: Munshi Premchand
Translator : Dinesh Verma
Publisher/printed by CreateSpace, an Amazon company, 2017