Tue 7th April 2020

Mahabharata retold: Different version of the same story

In a recent discovery, a new version of the ancient Sanskrit epic Mahabharata has come to the fore. The story of Mahabharata has been re-written in many versions throughout country and has been cited in various context. However, this version contains some stark differences from the popular version. According to this rather candid account, King Pandu, the father of the Pandavas had admitted to corruption in the administration during his reign. Also, Kunti, his wife and the mother of the Pandavas is depicted to be of European decent in one of the descriptions. Other stark differences from the popular version relate to the historic battle of Kurukshetra. As per this version, there was no actual battle that took place in the battlefield, rather the battle was in the form of an election where people of Hastinapur, which is at present located in the populous state of Uttar Pradesh, voted against the ruling Kauravas. Many high-ranking leaders, including a leader who was blessed by the Gods that he would never lose an election, lost because of anti-incumbency, seething pressure from the unhappy farmers and the largely unemployed youth. The veracity and authorship of this version is yet to be confirmed.

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