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Mahabaharat Ke Mahapatra (Great Characters of Mahabharat)

Booklet: Mahabaharat Ke Mahapatra (Great Characters of Mahabharat)
Author: K.M Sant
Publication: Dalit Today Prakashan, Lucknow
Edition: 2002
Price: Rs. 15/-
Pages: 69

Both, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata deny the perpetuality of the Varna System, although incidents of Sahmbuk and Eklavya reveal its imminent arrival. Pukhyamitra, a Brahmin Commander, killed the Mauryan king Brihdrath, enforcing Brahminism through the Manusmriti composed by Sumit Bhargava under the pen name ‘Manu’. It made caste system a law. Buddha attacked it, inviting all to his fold. It frightened the Brahmans. They composed the Gita, adding it to Mahabharata to enhance its legitimacy and acceptance. Ram and Krishna were elevated as Gods. To understand superficiality of the Gita, the Mahabharat’s major characters need objective evaluation. Kunti and Krishna indulge in scurrilous acts and profligacy. Duality in Bhishm’s character is evidenced by his forceful abduction of the daughters of Kashi king and his silence on Draupati’s stripping. Both, Yuddhistra and Shalya are deceitful. Karna, not Arjuna, is the real warrior. Shishupal was killed for his truth by Krishna. Idealization of Krishna is aimed at strangulating Buddhism and restoring, resurrecting Brahmanism. But the Indian Constitution provides space for emancipation from Brahminism.

 

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