Indian Epics -II…Cynics

[added 12:24pm, 24th Feb,2005]
Posts Indian Epics-I and Indian Epics-II have nothing in common in terms of the subjects dealt with. The similarity and the continuum of the posts end at the point, that one was in retaliation to another post and the other was just a post inspired by the same and not pointed at the same individual. Adding this disclaimer, since a clear stand on this will clarify the doubts and saves me time, spent in writing clarification mails to all hurt/affected unintentionally.

Im a known sucker for Indian traditions and values. I value them very deeply and so it gets me deeply irritated/hurt when pseudo-intellectuals start crapping about the possible faults in the ancient texts, with all sort of logical and practical ideas to defend their case in point.

Whats most funny though, is that most of them have no idea about what they are talking about! Neither have they taken the care to prepare their case in point.Their points are most usually supported by evidences which in most cases are urban legends and in most other cases, misguided enthusiasm. I would never term their endeavors, truth seeking, its most always, rebelling for no cause.

Most of the times, these people are what i term as IBCD “Indian Born Confused Desis”, the perfect counterfoil to their NRI cousins, the ABCDs. With a TV in the room, and a remote to surf, they go about watching all the crap being churned out as mythologicals and use the sequences depicted there as authentic pieces of information for their debate and start yapping about the nuances of the epics.

Take the instance of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Undoubtedly, the most thought about pieces of literature, having a deeply analyzed human trait in all the cases. Each and every character has its own trait, thoroughly analyzed and studied. Unfortunately, none of the characters seem to make as much impact as does the helplessness of Rama when he has to send his wife into exile, or that of Yudhistira who has all his kith and kin at stake on the dice board.

What is more stunning, is the almost zero knowledge, that Raavana,the demon king, is a Brahmin by birth, a genius at the fields of music, arts and knowledge and a great soldier. That Duryodhana was not a tormentor but a great king(loved by all) in his reign during the exile of Pandavas!

It is this mis-information that irks me when the pseudo-intellectuals and lefist liberals start talking about everything under the sun that is wrong with the narrow-minded, male dominated society of India.

Before you start talking about anything
1. Be informed
2. Know what, why you are talking about what you are talking about
3. See the big picture
4. Check your premise, there cannot exist contradictions
5. Stop being a cynic

What i consider lucky in the terms is that when in doubt i always had books to guide me, to learn from, and parents and grandparents to help me analyze and understand them. Almost never was the term of ‘a different plane’ was given an answer…just plain lucky.


7 thoughts on “Indian Epics -II…Cynics

  1. Hi,

    I can understand that you called me a cynic, but I did not relish the fact that this post was not posted as a comment in my blog and the fact that you have hyperlinked to my blog – with a list of personal accusations.

    I hope to respond to your/other comments that I get – when I get time.

  2. All I have to say to you is don’t get pissed off at “pseudo-intellectuals”. There is a remote possibility some people see the world differently than you do. They have a right to an opinion as do you.
    I think it is reasonable to question why somethings happened in those texts. You can’t expect the texts to be in tune with the moral standards(higher or lower) of today. There are bound to be disagreements.
    Take it easy fella.

  3. It disturbs me a little that you talk so authoritatively about certain ‘facts’ of the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha. If you look at these epics through the ages, they have had their versions. Great sages Kamba, Valmiki, Vyas and saints like Tulsidas had their own versions to narrate, and many ‘facts’ have, amidst all the versions, remained shrouded. Why: Shashi Tharoor had a more relevant version of the Mahabharatha to narrate. One doesn’t get down to questioning the authenticity of each version. On a tangent, how sure are you that these epics ever really happened? To us, they are merely pieces of literature that are open to interpretations. That being the case, how can you look to controvert every other view that comes forth?

    You sure are entitled to your view on peoples’ cynicism towards the epics but, I’m afraid, I wasnt able to appreciate your barely-veiled personal allegations!

  4. woodworm: The second post was definitely not in reference to you; yeah but…inspired.

    sanketh and jack of all jacks: i understand that i shoudln’t have been so caustic. makes me sound more like a hindu fundamentalist.just the same, the points in view is for the specific people who are uninformed. *pseudo-intellectuals*

  5. Believe me, Woodworm is not your “pseudo intellectual” or misinformed or “less informed” either :). I have had my share of acquantance with him, and he knows a lot. A LOT.


  6. But yes, I do agree with everything you have said in this post. There are a lot of people out there who donot get their facts straight before churning out some stories.

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