When does Vijay reappear in Balram's narrative? Discuss what happens. How does Vijay's presence influence Balram's actions?
After the Great Socialist unexpectedly wins the election, Ashok is scrambling to fix his family's relationship with the politician by offering them apology bribes. The night of the election, when Ashok finishes his business at the Imperial Hotel, he comes to the car with two politicians. He instructs Balram to take the men wherever they want. Balram sees that one of the men is Vijay from his village. He has always looked up to Vijay and is impressed with how well he has done for himself—pig herder turned bus conductor turned politician. Vijay...
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