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Here’s Why the “When” of Mahabharata Question remains Irrelevant: The Underlying Narrative of the Epic is able to withstand Time!
- ‘The Mahabharata as History’ was a recent workshop by Prof Vishwa Adluri and Dr. Joydeep Bagchi
- One of the important points discussed was to enjoy Mahabharata’s tale, rather than getting into the specifics of ‘when’
- The Mahabharat is a great battle told in a story, the experience of which grips us tight
August 2, 2017: ‘The Mahabharata as History’ was a recent workshop by Prof. Vishwa Adluri and Dr. Joydeep Bagchi. The two scholars provided their valuable insights into the greatest war story and how the ‘when’ of Mahabharata question is irrelevant.
The scholars pointed out that the Indology of the 18th and 19th century has had a dominant impact on Indians, just like Japanology had on Japanese or Sinology had on the Chinese.
We often discuss the event of Mahabharata like a historical fact, delving into the ‘when’ of the story. Such questions of irrelevance, as the scholars explained, distract us from answering the real questions that were posed through the story of Mahabharata. We are deeply curious of when the war took place and how, but the deeper underlying narrative of the war has long been forgotten in such the midst of such questions.
What Vyasa’s idea behind Mahabharata was to offer explanations that hold true in a timeless universe. It is an underlying narrative that is able to withstand time. Mahabharata engages us so intensely, as Prof Adluri pointed out, is precisely because we can relate to the emotions, the passions, and sorrows of individuals and their problems.
Unlike the western notion of story-telling in a time frame, Mahabharata is an immortal epic. It is best without a time frame, in a timeless environment. One has to undergo the experience in order to understand the narrative, and this experience can not be measured in time.
As Prof Adluri highlights, “In the Mahabharata, history itself comes and confesses that I, too am a narrative and then becomes itihasa.” This is the beauty of Mahabharata. It brings out the environment which is ever changing, irrespective of the time.
The Mahabharata reveals the relationship between humans and conflict, and the threat it poses to potential emergence of chaos. Conflict is innate to humans and their systems.
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To understand Mahabharata’s story and the moral derived from it, the need of the hour is to ignore questions that put the immortal literature into a specific time or period. Human psyche can never be reduced to history. This singular line of thought processing must be at all costs avoided.
– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394
South Korea remained the No. 2 supplier of popular content to Netflix in the fourth quarter of last year, US online media have reported. According to What's On Netflix, a private online site that provides information on Netflix content, on Wednesday (US time), South Korean-made shows accounted for 11.8 per cent of the top 10 films and TV series in the final three months of 2021.
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Korean content thus ranked No. 2 for the second consecutive quarter after the United States, which accounted for 59 per cent, reports Yonhap News Agency. The figures are based on data by the streaming analytics firm FlixPatrol, it added. It marked a sharp increase from its share of 5.4 per cent for the third quarter, thanks to the breakout hit 'Squid Game', released on September 17, and other hit series.
South Korean-made shows accounted for 11.8 per cent of the top 10 films and TV series in the final three months of 2021. | Unsplash
"The fourth quarter of 2021 is likely to be an outlier with the arrival of 'Squid Game', but Korean content has been on a slow march up the charts regardless of 'Squid Game'," the report said. 'Squid Game' became the most successful Netflix show in history, with its total viewership reaching a record 1.65 billion hours in the first four weeks of its release.
Two subsequent series, the fantasy horror 'Hellbound' and the sci-fi thriller 'The Silent Sea', also topped Netflix's official weekly viewership chart for non-English TV shows. (IANS/ MBI)
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There has been a significant growth in adoption as well as deepening of digital payments across the country, showed the Reserve Bank of India - Digital Payments Index (RBI-DPI) on Wednesday. Accordingly, the index reading for September 2021 rose to 304.06 (index value) from 270.59 in March 2021. "The RBI-DPI Index continues to demonstrate significant growth in adoption and deepening of digital payments across the country," the RBI said in a statement.
Starting from March 2018, the index stood at 153.47 in March 2019, 173.49 in September 2019. This improved to 207.84 in March 2020, 217.74 in September 2020 and further increased to 270.59 in March 2021. Earlier, the RBI had announced construction of the composite index with March 2018 as a base to capture the extent of digitisation of payments across the country.
Starting from March 2018, the index stood at 153.47 in March 2019, 173.49 in September 2019. | Wikimedia Commons
The RBI-DPI comprises of five broad parameters that enable measurement of deepening and penetration of digital payments in the country over different time periods.Notably, these parameters are 'payment enablers', 'payment infrastructure -- demand side factors', 'payment infrastructure -- suppy side factors', 'payment performance' and 'consumer centricity'.Each of these parameters have sub-parameters which, in turn, consist of various measurable indicators. (IANS/ MBI)
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