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Lord Rama is facing legal action in Sitamarhi, North Bihar for misconduct against women. Lawyer Thakur Chandan Kumar Singh filed a case in the court of the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) alleging th...
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Like the original, Sita's Diwali will also be celebrated with lamps. And, the lamps of Sita's Diwali will also symbolise the victory of truth over injustice. But it will be a different truth, and a different injustice. And it will be about a whole different victory. The protagonist of Sita's Diwali will, of course, be Sita. Not just because this is her story, but because Sita is the original "India's Daughter". She is one figure in Indian history and mythology whose life singularly encompasses the truth of Indian womanhood in its entirety.
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I won't suggest we altogether stop narrating the stories of the Ramayana (or Mahabharata or Panchatantra, etc) because it would be criminal to deprive future generations of the majestic heritage bequeathed by wise ancient Indians. However, we need to put a final stop to this female purity business which many of our stories inherently support.
Although I believed in most of what the Ramayana stood for--virtue, devotion, obedience, goodness, karma--I could not quite come to terms with Ram. Somehow, he was too good to be true. The non-conformist in me could never subscribe to his goodness. It always felt unnatural. In any case, what good is the goodness of a man who banishes his pregnant wife?