One day King Akbar was feeling bored, he loved to think up riddles for his courtiers to answer. ‘The only person in my court who can answer my questions is Birbal. He’s a clever guy and I really enjoy his wisdom,’ thought Akbar.
“Birbal, I have a riddle for you,” said Akbar.
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“If you were given a choice between justice and a bag of gold coins, what would you choose?”
“That’s simple, your majesty. I would choose the gold coins, of course,” answered Birbal.
There was a silence in the court. The courtiers were shocked at this answer.
“He chose money over justice. Can you believe it? Birbal is greedy! “ shouted the courtiers. Even to Akbar this answer was disappointed.
“What? How could you choose the gold coins, Birbal?”
“I never expected you to be greedy like the others. I thought you would choose justice over gold,” said the king finally when he had gotten over his shock.
“Your highness,” said Birbal, smiling, “I asked you what I do not have. In your kingdom, there’s justice for everyone. So, I asked you for gold! “
Delighted with this answer, Akbar gave Birbal a bag of gold coins.