The Impact Of Ramayana

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The words, War & Enmity need no special introduction in today’s world. There is hardly any nation in the world today, which is neither at war nor preparing for one. From the most developed nations like America and Russia to the most underprivileged nations like Syria and Palestine, every nation is few steps away from infusing a mass destruction & pushing the world to oblivion. The very idea of world peace and harmony (1) is fast becoming distinct from the hearts of people all over the globe. There is also a trend among top think tank of the world that most of the times war is the only means to peace. Agreeing to that, seems not so easy as when one leads to another, its eventually destruction and debris which will be left at the end. That picture…show more content…
And hence it is mostly a responsibility of every literature student to keep the oldest of literatures in good faith. By good faith, it means, it is to be kept relevant at all times. Thus, this research paper is an attempt at proving the relevance of the epic, Ramayana on the most intriguing issue of wars and enmity in today’s world and also to find suitable solutions.

THE REVIEW : An epic, according to many, consists of many emotions and sentiments. But, one of them stays as a primary sentiment and runs through-out the entire epic. Anandavardhana, the critic numero uno, in his work, Dhwanyaloka’s fourth chapter discusses about the primary sentiment of Ramayana and arrives at a conclusion that Pathos is the chief sentiment of this epic (3). Upon observation, from the opening scene of a bird being hunted down to the last scene of Rama completing his human life, we can find pathos in every defining moment of the epic. Not just the major incidents such as kidnapping of Sita or Agnipareeksha of Sita or Rama denied of his throne at the last moment, even the minor incidents like confrontation and killing of Kabandha and Viradha, Mareecha, and others too have pathos as a primary sentiment. So, this is no less an obvious thing to say that the wars and enmity described in
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Bharatha muni, in his Natyashastra proposes an argument that pathos is born out of violence (4). Pathos, in a way can be termed as the effect of violence. War and Enmity embody violence and hence we can say that all wars end in agony, pain and sufferings, i.e. pathos. But this research paper proposes pathos to be the cause of violence as well. If we think about curbing violent actions, we must initiate to know the reason behind such actions. We must see what really makes someone so violent. Upon knowing the cause for such actions, further measures can be taken to rectify and
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