As lion was getting older, he found himself most of the time sleeping as hunting was becoming tough for him. His own pride had left him many years ago and his dark mane was waning. He was now afraid of hunting big animals and smaller animals were quick for his grab. His roar was not loud and forceful and was filled with heavy breath. Most of his sleeps were filled with nightmares and night terrors. During dreams he yelled, screamed and kicked, but he had nobody to support and care for him. He usually felt anxious, fearful and panicky after such dreams. In sleeps, he repeatedly saw that giant wolf possessing sharp claws and massive teeth was tormenting him. In dreams, the wolf often ordered public slaughter of lion in different ways. Recurrent dream also started hallucinating lion in believing that this giant wolf was perhaps justice planned by Goddess of jungle against him, as perhaps wandering soul of revengeful wolf had won her trust.
After sleep he was filled with horror and deep sadness. He always told fox what he saw in his dreams, âThe giant wolf was far bigger, powerful and agile. He was fearsome. He was more clever and intelligent than any creature on earth and the demon wolf was in great command as animals followed him more faithfully. I could never believe that animals can sit with demon wolf and discuss their problems. I still remember words repeatedly being discussed during the meetings: Democracy and Participation.â The fox remained silent as he had no answers.
Lion started firmly believing that Goddess of jungle was giving him forewarning that in future the jungle will have DEMONCRACY, not denocracy. So, this DEMON wolf will rule the jungle, so forest will not be ruled from lionâs den.
Lion called wise rabbit who was astrologer and dream interpreter. The rabbit was timid, but had a wide and deep vision and also powerful intuition. Known for his foresight and mystic power, the rabbit calmed the lion and interpreted lionâs recurrent dreams and symbols with great caution. Rabbit knew what the dream meant in totality, but mentally decided to reveal partial truth to lion. Rabbit said, âOh! Lion king, Your dream is exaggeration of your real life fear and worries. Also, the Goddess of forest wants a ruler who is chosen by animals themselves. The ruler so appointed will be most powerful ruler on earth as he will enjoy absolute faith of animals and animals will readily sacrifice themselves for his honour. He will command with iron hand and nobody will dare to disobey or disregard him. It was how humans manage their world. Once this is done, your dream will stop disturbing you and you will become young again. If you donât address woes of animals, the demon of your dream can even harm you more badly and you will get more oldâ The rabbit also shared his experience with lion, he told how well rabbit was leading his pack with persuasion rather than power and even humans manage their pack in the same way and they call it democracy.
Lion was happy and impressed by the word democracy that he had so frequently heard in his dreams. He thought that if any demon comes in future, it will be better if all animals are ready to fight him in unity, so he called Fox and told that all animals should be informed that forest will be true democracy and will also have freedom of voice. Now, animals will choose their new king and also, animal voices and opinions will be published in weekly newspaper.
The fox was excited at his masterâs happiness and happily spread the news among the animals that elections will be held very soon and new king will be appointed as per the wishes of animals. Also jungle newspaper will get published and this will keep a watch on this new ruler.
Election date was announced and nominations filed. Poor donkey was pitied against lion as opposition candidate. Ballots were put and power hungry lion bungled the elections and again become king of jungle, now, of course in a democratic way. The responsibility of running newspaper was given to three wise and close associates of lion: Rabbit, Monkey and zebra. Zebra was doubtful of lionâs intention and afraid of responsibility and resigned prematurely, so jackal was appointed as his replacement, despite lion was unhappy about it but animals made lion to accept it as proposal had wide approval from powerful animals like bulls, bisons, crocodiles, elephants and bears. Lion thought, âThis bastard will also meet the fate of wolf very soon and I must wait till I get strong again.â The next day fox read out the kingâs order:
âAs Rabbits were greatest in number in jungle, who lived in meadows, woods, forest, deserts and wet lands. As they were always predated, so were skilled in detecting danger by their large ears and wide vision. Also as one of them, the great astrologer rabbit, who was also loyal to seat, so it is appointed as the chief of newspaper.
As Monkey, unlike baboons, are arboreal animals and are intelligent. Even humans have heavily depended on monkeys for their space exploration and in medicine research, so lion king thought that he could capture events in jungles and human settlements without frills and with wider perspective and so he is appointed as photographer.
At last, as Jackal being nocturnal could work 24 hrs without halt and was known in jungle folklore and legends as clever sorcerer. As jackal could work alone and was having sound experience of area that was desolated and abandoned, so he could act as tough professional reporter. As Jackal could easily inhabit the crevices of rock and dens of beasts and easily mingle with animals, so was considered efficient in keeping a watchful eye on demons, beasts and humans and so is appointed as reporter.â
The first story in Jungle Newspaper âThe Future of Jungle: habitat loss and conflict with manâ became hit among animals. It was about how humans has planned to construct a big wall surrounding the jungle, in which all animals will be put in captivity and humans will come frequently to jungle to poke fun at animals. The rabbit asked all animals in opinion page to unite against this threat of human dominance and control and forget their caste, creed and clan. Animals also felt the threat and debated issue of their habitat and water resource being captured and destroyed, and possibility of humans ultimately ruling the jungle. The lion was happy with this story as it angered animals against humans and strengthened him against the demon that repeatedly threatened him in dreams.
The trio of Rabbit-Jackal-Monkey was honored by lion king by presenting a golden plaque of âThe Mizaruâ. Now they were widely respected in jungle and all animals treated them royally. But a certain section of wild animals were not happy with King and press. They were particularly critical about the newspaper and itsâ praises regarding how it projected lion as true soldier guarding borders alone by patrolling the jungles courageously. They called âThe Trioâ the bastards of lion, who see, hear and speak no evil against the king. They were constantly warning trio to report facts fairly and truly. The ruler king was, however, very delighted with his trio press puppet reporting.