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Understanding Ravana is essential!

February 4, 2011 27 comments
Soldiers of Ayodhya being attacked by bandits in a forest (Image link courtesy - mumbaimirror). Click for larger image.

Soldiers of Ayodhya being attacked by bandits in a forest (Image link courtesy - mumbaimirror). Click for larger image.

Most of the rakshasas have been humanised and the 10 heads of Ravan do not find mention. “People are bad from inside,” says Goel. “It doesn’t manifest physically. The 10 heads were a metaphor for the ten qualities of Ravan – valour, generosity, intelligence, knowledgeable, etc. We chose to elaborate those qualities instead of showing the heads,” says Goel.

In contrast, Ram is shabby looking, with a thick unkempt beard, long hair and no ornaments. “Being forest dwellers, Ram and Laxman could not shave every day,” explains Goel. Since this is Ravan’s story, the role of Ram’s kin has been minimised to make place for more fleshed out characters from Ravan’s family. (via The legend of the fallen one, Lifestyle – Sunday Read – Mumbai Mirror).

Ravana deserves study

This is a most interesting project. To fully and really understand Indian classics, texts and scriptures, the idea of Asuras needs to understood. I am not sure how much these writers have understood the Asura concept – and its link with slavery. They seem to be more interested in ‘balancing’ the picture, rather than ‘righting’ the picture.

Demonising Ravana

Ravana was not a demon (which is a bad English equivalent of Asura) but an asura. And some Indians have taken the easy way out, by demonising Ravana. I hope these ‘creators’ understand that demonising Ravana, or romanticising him too, is counter-productive.

Understanding Ravana is essential!

Is Urdu a “Muslim’ Language?

November 22, 2010 2 comments

Muslims have barricaded themselves behind Urdu – and now fault India, Govt., Hindus for ignoring Urdu.

Cartoon by Khalil Bendib; March 2006; source & courtest - http://www.bendib.com/newones/2006/march/large/Apostasy%20in%20Islam.jpg  |  Click for image.

Cartoon by Khalil Bendib; March 2006; source & courtest – http://www.bendib.com/newones/2006/march/large/Apostasy%20in%20Islam.jpg | Click for image.

Urdu is a ‘Muslim’ Language

On 6th November 2010, early in the morning, the day after Diwali, I was at Hyderabad Railway Station to receive a friend. Since, I was early, I decided to buy a newspaper. Since, it was the day after Diwali, there was no issue of any newspaper in English, Hindi, Telugu.

But Urdu newspapers were available.

Except Urdu

Understandably – as most Urdu readers were Muslims – who don’t celebrate the ‘Hindu’ festival of Diwali.

Since Urdu was so specifically a Muslim language, it has stagnated and is at death’s door. Unlike Telugu, which survived 400 years of hostility and active neglect by the Nizam’s government – and the benign neglect by the Indian State.


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