Hajji Ali entered India as one of thousands of escapees during his countries revolution. He paid lip service to the new order in his country in order to hedge his bets, writing slogans for the revolution on compound walls around the city of Pune, and joining in an occasional march whenever some international event was to the dislike of the political leadership of his country.
But Hajji Ali didn’t have his heart in the revolution at all. He was one of the pampered sons of the old order who’d escaped with wealth intact. His sole ambition was to get a basic internationally recognized degree, learn reasonable English, and head for the USA. As his activities didn’t fit his ambitions he was under constant risk from both his own country, and a bad report in the country of his dreams. What would happen to him if either country was to learn about his revolutionary activities or his US ambitions? This fear caused him many a sleepless night.
English lessons weren’t progressing fast enough for his liking. He felt his life was at constant risk, so decided to speed up plans and move away from Asia where his risk exposure was great. By plane, train and bus he toured India looking for a target contact in a university from which he could somehow manipulate a quick degree. Naturally enough he was rebuffed time and again, then one day he found a benefactor. In every country there are people in responsible positions who are prepared to sell principle for short term gain.
I’m happy to report government auditors were quick to discover the unusual transaction Hajji Ali initiated. The university official lost his job, and Hajji Ali lost both his money and his questionable degree. Because of unfavorable publicity he was served notice his residence permit would not be renewed.
Faced with deportation he implored police officials with tears and promises of wealth if they’d find a way to reverse deportation orders, but to no avail. The sons of the revolution living in India as temporary residents also became aware of his duplicity, and informed their government Hajji Ali needed special attention on his return home.
How he wished he’d completed his education the honest way so his ambitions could be achieved. His ambition to move to the USA was impossible now, and he trembled each time he thought of what awaited him when he was eventually deported to his homeland.
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