Mahabharat’s Karna, “The Philanthropic Warrior” — Hero or Anti Hero Part 2

Background reading about Karna – The Philanthropic Warrior Karna was born to the unwed princess Kunti and Surya (the Sun God). She was not prepared to face the wrath of the society and gave Karna up – literally put him in a basket and let him float down the river. Karna was rescued by a poor charioteer and his wife, who brought Karna up with … Continue reading Mahabharat’s Karna, “The Philanthropic Warrior” — Hero or Anti Hero Part 2

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Mahabharat misses an opportunity to highlight gambling as a social problem!

Reference – What led to the infamous Game of Dice in Mahabharat? Pandu and his older brother Dhritrashtra were valiant princes of Hastinapur – the most powerful empire in India somewhere around 8th or 9th BCE. Dhritrashtra was blind by birth, and therefore rejected as an heir to the Hastinapur throne; he was replaced by Pandu. This made Dhritrashtra extremely jealous of Pandu. Soon after, Pandu … Continue reading Mahabharat misses an opportunity to highlight gambling as a social problem!

Does Mahabharata justify Draupadi’s molestation?

The dice is rolled and the warring, jealous extended families – the Pandavs and the Kauravs gamble it out to settle their personal scores. Kingdoms, valuables, and even brothers and wives are put at stake in the epic gamble. This week and the following week’s episodes of Mahabharata are perhaps the most crucial of all – they outline the factors that lead up to the … Continue reading Does Mahabharata justify Draupadi’s molestation?

Why Karna’s death has lessons for modern society

Ask any ten followers of Mahabharat, who their favorite character is, invariably, most of them would say “Karna” – the valiant warrior who possessed all qualities of five Pandavas together. He had moral values of Yudhisthir, physical strength of Bhima, archery knowledge of Arjuna, good looks of Nakula, and knowledge of Sahadeva. Being raised in a low-caste household, he was a victim of caste-based discrimination all his life. Abandoned by his princess mother, … Continue reading Why Karna’s death has lessons for modern society

Mahabharat’s Karna – The Hero or Anti-Hero? – Part 1

There isn’t a gentle heart that doesn’t sympathize with Karna – a critical Mahanayak (major actor / character) in the epic Mahabharata. Born to a young unwed princess – Kunti and the Sun God, Karna was abandoned at childbirth, because his parents didn’t have the courage to face the society replete with double standards. Youtube link of Kunti abandoning Karna  Karna’s journey through the epic … Continue reading Mahabharat’s Karna – The Hero or Anti-Hero? – Part 1