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Waiting For Krishna: The ‘Cheerharan’ Of India And Lessons From The Mahabharata

The Mahabharata is considered to be an authority in matters of State, government, polity and philosophy. Even though the epic was written centuries ago, the political conflicts described therein resonate strongly with the events of today. There are numerous interpretations of the epic and the events that led to the Great War of Kurukshetra, but there is one particular incident that it is agreed proved to be the final blow in the rivalry between the Kauravas and the Pandavas -- the attempted disrobing (cheerharan) of Draupadi...
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Why Indian Classics Should Be Taught In Our Schools

Language, culture and history provide a pillar of psychological support to us and give us pride in our country. Not being exposed to the above could be one of the reasons why so many of the youngsters I meet are not proud of their country nor have an attachment to it. I, therefore, sometimes think that there is a merit to the present BJP government's policy of introducing Indian classics in schools.
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Should ‘Conditions Apply' In Love And Relationships?

In an attempt to make relationships more satisfying, humans tend to set conditions. In business, conditions help to protect the interests of the risk-taking party. But when set in relationships, conditions uncomfortably strangle the growth of the bond. In fact, conditions and satisfaction are inversely proportional to each other. The more conditions you put in a relationship, the less satisfying it tends to be. However, there are some exceptions...
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Why 'Bahubali' Is Not As Sexist As The Critics Seem To Think

Critics lambasted SS Rajamouli's magnum opus Bahubali: The Beginning for leaving no space for female characters to develop, and held it as an example to show how Telugu cinema is stuck in a medieval past. "Masculinity-porn", "sexist" and "testosterone-heavy epic" were some of the phrases used to describe the film. While I think deconstructing gendered representations in films is something to encourage, these readings are nowhere close to my experience of the Bahubali.