Friday, August 01, 2008


These days viewers are flood with ads steering them to the many mythologicals on TV with the tag line “ teach the kids sanskar “, especially from the Ramayan.
Now, let’s get a bird’s eye view of some of what the Ramayan and the Mahabharat have to teach our kids:
Those dirty old men like Dashrath and Shantanu had so little control over themselves that they went to any extent, made any promises with disastrous political impact for their countries, merely to bed the next nubile young woman who caught their fancy.
The net result was that Ram spent 14 years wandering the forest, making conquest after conquest there and returned home to dump his pregnant wife so he could get on with ruling his kingdom. (Wonderful family planning since she never got pregnant during the jungle sojourn). Divorce goes a long way back in our society, does it not? So does deceit in the manner in which Ram dealt with Sigrid; and the rewards of family disloyalty with the way Ram received the brother of Ravan.
In the case of Bhishm Pitama, his life was disrupted forever and the fall out wrecked havoc on Hastinapur. He forced three wives on his brother to make sure that there was no shortage of heirs; when exactly that happened, he propagated Niyoga for the young widows to produce heirs. As a family elder, he presided over the court where a family bahu was disrobed in public by another member of the family.
Arjun, one of the heroes of the Mahabharat, was a sailor, with a wife in every port aka part of the country he touched down in.
Bhim used Hidimba and Ghatokach to the benefit of the Pandavas. What was in the relationship for them?
Kunti has six sons, from six different men, none her legally married husband. Yeet chaste?
And of course, while many of the kings had three wives each, Kunti prescribed five for Draupadi and no one saw anything amiss. How much more liberated can a woman be?

1 comment:

kc said...

That was something else, made me laugh and laugh.
I like your take on the epics- fresh