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A lesson from the Mahabharata

A lesson from the Mahabharata

Mahabharata

G. N. Devy writes: As the hijab issue roils the nation, it would do to remember how Krishna stood by Draupadi at a time when, as now, dharma was under siege and anarchy loomed.

The two most catastrophic moves leading to the Mahabharata war were the throwing of dice and the disrobing of Draupadi. A drunken brawl, gambling, and violation of a woman’s dignity, in those times, were probably not uncommon.

Yet, combined with the long build-up, they were sufficient to cause a war leading to the end of an era, Yuganta, as Irawati Karve calls it. One fears that India is fast getting hurled towards such a moment again.

Divyadharshini R

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