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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...
Let me start by saying that I am not against marriage as an institution. However, I am against the fundamental inequality that has the power to convert an Indian marriage into a form of slavery.
As our Parliament debates godde Durga and demon god Mahishasura, a beautiful series of graphic art perfectly blends mythological characters with modern, digital times. Scroll Droll's set of hilarious...
Artist Mukesh Singh has infused life in an epic tale of political and familial intrigue that has enthralled readers for centuries. The artist in collaboration with Scottish playwright Grant Morrison,...
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With the Mahabharata, the epic war between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, replete with narratives of strife and conflict as its essential background, the Bhagavad Gita's message to humanity in regard to the problem of hatred and intolerance in human society at large is quite relevant.
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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.
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...
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, said a peculiar thing at a Defence Research and Development Organisation conference on Thursday. He said the rishis...
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.
This article is from Open Magazine. By Sunaina Kumar "Would you like to see how the sky looked at the beginning of the war?" asks Ashok Bhatnagar, peering over his gla es. The war he is referring to...
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The furore over the appointment of actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the prestigious Film and Television Institute has now entered its sixth day, with students on strike demandi...
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PUNE — Students of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India stepped up their protests on Saturday against the appointment of television actor Gajendra Chauhan, a member of the Bharatiya...
Ghatotkacha is right. We are worse than animals. We barter our own if it suits our purpose.
Seeing my troubled face, Drishtadyumna says softly, 'War is ugly. There never has been one without treachery. There never will be.
'The righteous war you seek exists only in Yudhistira's mind... Come, we must prepare for the battle at night!'
It occurred to me The Mahabharata was perfect for an experiment on Twitter.
For one, it catered well to my scholarly side: besides dawdling in digital media, I study how war is narrated to justify my paycheque.
War narratives, thus, were of academic interest to me. And in a rather reductionist way, I had begun to see The Mahabharata as a war story.