Evil in the Mahābhārata

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Oxford University Press, 2018 - History - 354 pages
Good and evil, loyalty and treachery, faith and doubt, honour and ignominy---the Mahabharata has served as a primer for codes of conduct of generations of Hindus. Over time, the epic has also fascinated those who love a tale well told. In its telling, however, the story has lost much of its
richness and nuance, and the characters have become one-dimenssional cut-outs---either starkly good or irredeemably evil.

In this reinterpretation, Meena Arora nayak analyses how the values espoused in the Mahabharata came to be distorted into meagre archetypes, creating customary laws that injure society even today.

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Meena Arora Nayak is Professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College, USA. She is the author of the books like In the Aftermath (1992), About Daddy (2000), and Endless Rain (2006). She has also authored a children's book The Puffin Book of Legendary Lives (2004). She translated Neela (of
the Hindi novel by Teji Grover) in the journal Hindi: Language, Discourse, Writing in 2000.

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