§ 30. Presumptuousness of a Deccani officer.

From the news-letter of the army of Zulfiqar Khan Nusrat Jang, the Emperor learnt that Jang-ju Khan Deccani, who held the rank of a Commander of Five Thousand cavalry, had placed his kettledrums on buffaloes and in a mischievous spirit had ordered them to be carried side by side with the kettledrums of the band of Nusrat Jang on an equal footing. The Emperor wrote, “What harm does it do to me, and what objection has Nusrat Jang Khan to it? So long as this chief of the accursed and disgraced tribe does not understand his own parading (tashhir), which is the height of disgrace, even if he were to carry his drums in advance of those of Nusrat Jang, it would be just what [we] desire! His marching abreast of Nusrat Jang, too, is no small disgrace to him.”

Text.–Ir. MS. 3b–4a, not in MS. N.

Notes.–Tashhir is a mode of punishment in which a man is publicly disgraced by being paraded through a city or camp mounted on an ass and accompanied by noisy music, in parody of a royal procession. (Mughal Administration, 2nd ed., p. 121.)