The Narayanpur Incident Questions & Answers

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The Narayanpur Incident Questions & Answers

Question 1: Arrange the events in order:


1. Manju and Babu had gone to watch the procession.
2. The college students were taking out a procession.
3. They served a notice on the collector when they reached the gates.
4. After dinner, Suman came in with a boy who was carrying a cyclostyling machine.
5. Patil, the Sub-Inspector, came in to warn the family.
6. Patil took away the machine.
7. The police had come to search the house.

Question 2: Explain the sentences:

(a) “It’s like a declaration of war.”

Answer: ‘The Narayanpur Incident’ is set in the days of the British rule, immediately after the Quit India resolution was passed in Bombay. Babu and Manju longed to join the freedom struggle and hence, they went to attend the procession taken out by college students. However, the procession was peaceful, true to the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent, passive resistance. When the procession reached the gate of the collector’s office, they were barred from entering. After some bickering with the DSP at the gate, the students turned their backs and walked off, chanting slogans. Babu and Manju were disappointed at the obvious lack of drama and action at the site of the protest. When they asked Mohan, their elder brother who was also a participant at the rally, whether they were scared or not, he assured them that it was all premeditated. The protestors wanted to warn the British government that they will have to face the consequences if they did not leave India. That from now on, they will be treated like the enemy.

(b) “And this is my country as much as it is your.”

Answer: The speaker, sub-inspector Patil, was Mohan’s father’s school friend. As a well-wisher, he had come to warn Mohan and his family about a police raid at their house. These were the turbulent times of the Quit India Movement and the police suspected that Mohan, a young freedom fighter, hid a cyclostyling machine to produce copies of Mahatma Gandhi’s speech. When Mohan’s mother agreed to hand over the cyclostyling machine to the sub-inspector, Mohan protested. This was when sub-inspector Patil assured him that the country was as much his as it was Mohan’s.

(c) No need for Mohan to announce, “Amma, it’s the police.”

Answer: Mohan, Babu and Manju could not go sleep out of the fear of the police raiding their house. Amma pacified the children and put them to sleep. When sleep had finally descended upon the family, there was a sharp knock on the door. Amma asked Mohan to go and check who it was. It was then that with great despair, Mohan announced that the police had finally raided the house.

The Narayanpur Incident Questions & Answers

Question 3: How has the writer expressed the patriotism of the following characters:

(a) Mohan

Answer: Mohan risked his and his family’s life, hiding a cyclostyling machine in the house. Even when the policeman approached, he lied to his face and denied having kept the cyclostyling machine.

(b) Manju

Answer: Manju was the younger sibling of Mohan who hero-worshipped her brother and wanted to help him in any way. So when Mohan asks her to go to bed, she looks crestfallen. Mohan, realising that she wants to help asks her to sit at the hall and pass on information from Babu who was guarding the door.

(c) Mother

Answer: Mother who was wiser than Mohan trusted the policeman who was friends with her husband in school. So, she risked handing him over the cyclostyling machine, knowing that he could very well be spying on them.

(d) Babu

Answer: Babu, although not a college student was eager to attend his older brother, Mohan’s procession to the collector’s office. At home, when his brother asked him to guard the door, he waited attentively and watched if anyone suspicious approached.

(e) Suman

Answer: A young girl, who is active in the freedom struggle, along with Mohan. Taking a risk against the Britishers, helping Mohan to cyclostyle Mahatma Gandhi’s speech to reach it to the public.

(f) Patil

Answer: A Sub-Inspector in the British police, but a good friend of Mohan’s father. Helps the family by warning them about the search that is going to take place. He also helps them to hide the cyclostyling machine and saves the entire family from the British police.

The Narayanpur Incident Questions & Answers

Question 4: Amma Mohan, Babu and Manju were taking a huge risk in taking part in the Freedom Movement. Give at least two examples of how the writer creates a sense of danger and tension in the story to show us what is at stake.

Answer: ‘The Narayanpur Incident’ is set in the stormy historic occasion of Quit India Movement. The first instance where danger is felt is when Mohan tries to hide a suspicious parcel in his room. But he later agrees to Amma’s insistence of hiding it in the Puja room. The suspicious parcel turns out to be a cyclostyling machine, this machine could make many copies of a letter or a document quickly. In spite of knowing that they were illegally bringing in the machine, Mohan and Amma decided to keep it in their house. The author builds up a sense of danger when he asks his younger siblings, Babu and Manju to guard the front room and warn them if they see anyone approaching. Soon enough Babu heard a man’s bike stop outside their gate. He sat up, alert. When the man got off his bike and tried to open their gate, Babu jumped up. He warned everybody that they had a visitor. This was the second instance where the writer has created tension to show forthcoming danger. The family was hiding a machine which they were not supposed to possess in the first place. The arrival of a stranger in such a situation was dangerous, to say the least.

Question 5: How does the writer show us that the marchers were completely dedicated to the procession and the cause?

Answer: The student-marchers were disciplined and knew what they were doing and why. They stopped at the barred gates and handed over a piece of paper, perhaps a representation from them to the British government, to the police officer, turned about and marched back after shouting, ‘Mahatma Gandhi ki Jai!’ and responding to it with a ‘Jai!’ They came on a mission and returned after completing it

Question 6: What is the significance of the role of Patil, the Sub Inspector?

Answer: Though Patil is a Sub-Inspector working for the British government, his loyalties as an Indian, make him sympathetic towards the activities of the Quit India Movement. As he is a friend of Mohan’s father, he is protective towards the family. He warns them of an impending search that enables Mohan to take Suman to a safer hideout. And he takes away the copies, evidence of their activities against the government.

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