Saturday 12 August 2023

Yajnaseni - Born from the womb of fire - Taalam: column by Leela Venkataraman

As the story of the essential human being, who through years of varying political contours and civilizational changes both negotiable and non-negotiable, continues to display the same characteristics even today, it is hardly surprising that the Mahabharata as an epic should still be the subject of discourse. Significantly, in the episodes surrounding its heroine Draupadi, one is struck by the discovery of an unabashed rootedness through Time, of the issues centered round society's treatment of women. In the occurring shame of women being assaulted and disrobed, debris from Draupadi's struggle in the Kaurava court still seems to glow ominously.

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