Train to Pakistan

by

Khushwant Singh

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Malli Character Analysis

The leader of the dacoity against Lala Ram Lal. Juggut Singh was once a part of Malli’s gang. When Malli is arrested and placed in a cell next to Juggut and Iqbal Singh, Juggut has a violent confrontation with Malli in revenge for the trouble that Malli has caused him. After Muslims leave Mano Majra, Malli is appointed by Sikh officers to be a custodian of the departed Muslims’ property, which he and his gang promptly loot. Malli, in concert with his gang and a group of refugees from Pakistan, also participates in the plot to kill Muslim refugees going to Pakistan.

Malli Quotes in Train to Pakistan

The Train to Pakistan quotes below are all either spoken by Malli or refer to Malli . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Grove Press edition of Train to Pakistan published in 1956.
2. Kalyug Quotes

“Toba, toba! Kill my own village banian? Babuji, who kills a hen which lays eggs? Besides, Ram Lal gave me money to pay lawyers when my father was in jail. I would not act like a bastard.”

“I suppose they will let you off now.”

“The police are the kings of the country. They will let me off when they feel like it. If they want to keep me in, they will trump up a case of keeping a spear without a license or going out of the village without permission—or just anything.”

Related Characters: Juggut Singh / Jugga (speaker), Iqbal Singh (speaker), Alam Singh, Lala Ram Lal, Malli
Page Number: 106
Explanation and Analysis:

“The mem-sahibs are like houris from paradise—white and soft, like silk. All we have here are black buffaloes.”

Related Characters: Juggut Singh / Jugga (speaker), Iqbal Singh, Lala Ram Lal, Malli
Page Number: 107
Explanation and Analysis:
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Malli Character Timeline in Train to Pakistan

The timeline below shows where the character Malli appears in Train to Pakistan. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
1. Dacoity
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...asks if Jugga knows them, and he says that the one holding the torch is Malli. Jugga is angry that Malli has brought his gang into Jugga’s village. The robbers walk... (full context)
2. Kalyug
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...and Iqbal. Jugga was kept busy by Nooran on the night of the robbery and Malli threw the bangles into Jugga’s courtyard after committing the dacoity. (full context)
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The subinspector suggests that they release Juggut and Iqbal after capturing Malli and the other robbers. Hukum Chand asks if Malli and his companions are Sikh or... (full context)
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...drives as fast as he can to the police station and file a report about Malli’s arrest. The head constable has experience, but the foolish arrests of Iqbal and Juggut make... (full context)
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...the head constable has returned. One of them confirms that he has. He brought in Malli and his gang a few minutes ago, but has since gone to have tea. The... (full context)
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The subinspector tells the constable that he is going to release Malli’s men, a decision which puzzles the constable. He then sends the constable to see if... (full context)
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Malli is frightened of Juggut—the most violent man in the district. However, Malli is also the... (full context)
3. Mano Majra
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...“brooding silence” falls onto the village. People are frightened. The head constable arrives and releases Malli and his gang in front of the villagers, as instructed. As part of their release,... (full context)
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...knows that the babu was not involved in the dacoity. He adds, more confidently, that Malli has been arrested for the dacoity and explains how Malli plotted to frame Juggut. The... (full context)
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...She thinks about Juggut and hopes that he has been released because she knows that Malli was released. The hope gives her a reason to do something. She goes out into... (full context)
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Suddenly, Malli and his five companions appear in the crowd. They are accompanied by a few refugees... (full context)
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...by all the Mano Majra villagers. The Sikh officer says that anyone who interferes with Malli’s role as custodian of the Muslims’ property will be shot. Malli’s gang and the refugees... (full context)
4. Karma
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...meeting and encourages everyone to get some sleep. The group disperses. Some visitors, along with Malli and his gang, stay in the gurdwara. Others go home so as not to be... (full context)
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...camp; but tonight, they will go to Pakistan by train. If they do not leave, Malli and his men will kill them. (full context)
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The mention of Malli’s name riles Juggut’s temper. The subinspector smiles. He says that Malli and his men are... (full context)
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Juggut thinks of Nooran. He no longer cares about Malli. He assumed that Nooran would remain in Mano Majra, for no one would want Imam... (full context)
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...Meet Singh’s questions about the mattress and figures that this is why the police released Malli. He guesses that Juggut will also join the mob. Iqbal asks if Meet Singh can... (full context)
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...that the only reason the budmash has for doing anything is to get back at Malli. If Malli leaves town, Chand assumes that Jugga will do nothing about the train plot.... (full context)