Few weeks ago I have mentioned in one of my blog that, both our epics i. e. The Ramayana & Mahabharata, are gender biased. Of both were written by any female writer instead of Valmiki and Ved Vyas, then Sita might not have suffered so much so as Draupadi.
Reading this book called “Until The Lions” by Karthika Nair, where in she argues that Sanskrit poeticians have classified the Mahabharata as history unlike the Ramayana, which is regarded as maha kavya.
The author chooses the melencoly, vexed lives of women confronted with difficult choices, who must live through the calamities produced by arrogance, foolishness, and angularity of men. Some of them we know such as Satyavati ( the Fisher girl turned Queen), Amba, Gandhari, Kunti, Draupadi etc.
Others we have sender lightly on the shadow of the epic. On these unremarked figures, the author bestows the dignity of a local habitation and a name. She introduced us to Poorna, the maid whose son becomes the counsellor to the kuru court; Sauvali the slave girl who Dhritrastra ravishes, and whose son is a dissident in the kaurava ranks; Hidimbi, who bears Bheema a son, never recognised as a possible heir but pressed into service during the war; Vrishali, Karna’s wife, abandoned by the unwed princess.
In fact these women are lionesses. In a patriarchial society like India, the narrative is literally made and taken forward by the decisions of practical and audacious women who must make up for dead, absent, weak or impotent men.
The renewal of the epic narrative is very much required to understand how the society was biased and such gender based discrimination is still rampant which had nothing to do with development. This sorry of contradictions is perhaps make us Civilized .(sarcasm)
Loads of love and respect for her…