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!
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?
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
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
If you have not started watching Mahabharata airing on Star Plus at 8.30 PM (Monday-Friday), then my friends, it is time to start! Most of us grew up watching B.R. Chopra’s and perhaps we have watched it multiple times (Here’s a link to Mahabharata Movies and Books for your reference). How can we forget the larger than life actors as the characters of Mahabharat: Mukesh Khanna as Bheesma, Nitish Bhardwaj … Continue reading 5 Reasons to watch the “New Mahabharata” today!