As our campus conversations on the New Badger Partnership have been heating up over the recent weeks, a fable from the story-telling traditions of India has repeatedly crossed my mind.
The fable is about a flock of pigeons that got trapped in a net laid by a hunter in the middle of a forest, having been enticed by the food-grains sprinkled on the net. The flock had ignored and ridiculed all the warnings from their chief Chitragriva to exercise caution in light of the mysterious appearance of food-grains in the middle of the forest. However, faced with the crisis, Chitragriva joined the flock in the entangled net and directed them to dislodge the net away by fluttering together in unison. They managed to flee together and got help from a friendly mouse who freed them by cutting the cords of the net. (more…)