A Suitable Boy - Part 14 Summary & Analysis

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Part 14 Summary

Mahesh Kapoor, no longer a Minister, goes to run his farm in Rudhia and wonders if Maan might be better suited to running a farm than he is to being a cloth merchant. There is a great deal of information about the political scene revolving around the Congress Party and the internal struggles surrounding PM Nehru. Mahesh resigns from the Congress Party. Mahesh continues to be seen by the peasantry as their hero and spokesperson, though he is somewhat embittered and attempts to stay completely out of politics. His interest in the Zamindari Act, however, revives his interest in politics and it is rumored that he is considering a run for the Legislature in Rudhia District. Collecting funds for the Independence Day celebrations becomes a serious problem for Sandeep, the SDO (Sub-divisional Officer) of Rudhia district. When the unpopular Congressman Jha sets about to stop Sandeep from collecting funds for the celebration, his efforts backfire as the people all support the SDO. Mahesh Kapoor challenges Jha for evicting tenants from their lands. During this conversation, Joshi enters with the news that Nehru has resigned from the Congress Working Committee and is considering forming a new party. In the midst of all the political struggle, the further complication of religious differences arises as it is noted that Moharram, Dussehra, and Gandhi Jayanti will all fall during the same period this year.

The struggle between the haves and have nots occurs in a conversation between Mahesh Kapoor and Nawab Sahib, the ultimate symbol of the wealthy oppressor of the poor. Interestingly, Nawab Sahib suggests the Mahesh run for Congress from Brahmpur. Turning the table, Mahesh challenges Nawab Sahib to stand in the election himself. Waris is mentioned as a possible candidate and Nawab Sahib cautions against underestimating the young man. Maan joins in electioneering for his father and becomes a great asset because of the respect he shows for the customs of the Muslims in Rasheed's village area. More religious difference shows up in the practice of sacrificing animals by the Muslims.

Back in Congress, the subject of a national language becomes a hot topic when Begum Abida Khan objects to the fact that because Urdu is not taught in schools, Muslims and many Hindus are left not understanding the news of the country. There is also a difference of opinion regarding incorporating more women into government.

The religious differences between Mahesh Kapoor and his wife represent the division of factions within the Hindu religion.

Part 14 Analysis

Politics in this chapter becomes a bit tedious for the non-Indian reader. It is mildly interesting, but detracts from the main theme of romantic love versus arranged marriages. Rehearsing and acting together in "Twelfth Night" continually put Lata and Kabir together, but neither of them is successful at expressing their true feelings for one another. Pran represents an attitude of skepticism toward the Hindu religion in his quote, "I may as well humble myself before a stone...or a potato." Seth also refers to the Muslim practice of sacrificing animals as something repugnant to Hindus.

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