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Life is never black or white. The author presents an excellent and credible alternate viewpoint of Duryodhana.
12 September 2017
I have much admiration for people who swim against the current. It requires power, be it muscle or will. The interpretation of the character of Duryodhana in the epic Mahabharata has generally been a negative one. The epic portrays him as representing adharma, whereas the pandavas are generally portrayed as upholding dharma. Life is never black or white. If it were, there would be no need for a jury or lawyers arguing for the underdog. Raghunathan capably takes up the case of Duryodhana, and, as a seasoned advocate would, argues against the injustice done by the public interpretation of Duryodhana. And, what a strong defence the author mounts! At the end of the book, one turns sympathetic, sheds the timeworn prejudices and sees Duryodhana in a new light - as a king who is obsessed with rajdharma, as a devoted brother and as an ardent husband. Raghunathan is a master in summoning logical arguments in compelling and lucid language to justify the decisions made by Duryodhana to combat the perceived slights and injustice. His analysis of why he should be the king and not Yudhishthira is so well argued. As I neared the end of the book, I wondered how Raghunathan would go about justifying 'Panchali's vastraharan'. He deftly offers a credible alternate scenario which could well absolve any sinister motive. Brilliant.
The book is a page turner strewn with passages exuding style, logic and credible points of view. Excellent read.