The Consequences Of Intizar Hussain's 'The Mahabharata'

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The consequences of the decisions made by the leaders or the king are to be endured by the common public. There is a severing of familial bond as well as the bond between the King and his public in both the texts. Brothers in the Epic and the two communities, Hindus and Muslims, both fight for land, property and power. As a consequence of War, many people had to leave their homelands without a single penny and with no assurance of a secure future. The pain of exile from one’s own land is beautifully captured in Intizar Hussain’s “A Chronicle of the Peacock” where “‘Once upon a time, he (peacock) used to sit on the wall of paradise, and now he sits on the wall of our terrace.’ His grandmother said, ‘Yes, son, that is what happens when we are exiled from our own courtyards.’” (Hussain, 202) In one of his interviews, Intizar Hussain talks about the pain of partition. “The first Partition was in the Mahabharata,” he says, “and then it was me when I was exiled. Only the Pandavas and I knew the pain of leaving one’s land. The Mahabharata is such a powerful narrative of that pain.” (Hussain, The Hindu) This allegory we see is already exploited by Bharati in his multilayered efficacious narrative. The age Bharati refers to “is a blind ocean”(Bharati, 89). “Blindness rules this age/ not reason” (Bharati, 27) and hence there is a lack of morally upright beings. Blindness is used as a symbol for not just literal blindness but also metaphorical blindness that has

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