India Report: Questions to History

Visitors are arriving for the sattra – photo by Yogendra Singh from Pexels

In the world today, we increasingly witness the influential presence of leaders from larger, more populated states in global dialogue.  India is a prominent example, with much media attention on our current highly charismatic and energetic leader.  Indeed, Janamejaya has been highly effective in consolidating the diversity of the Indian population into our current Kuru superstate, which should set the foundation for a secure nation in the mid- to long-term.

We can now report that Janamejaya has convened a sarpa-sattra to take decisive action in response to the unfortunate manner of death of his father.  An international delegation of spiritual experts led by Veda Vyāsa is expected to visit at some point during proceedings.

As readers will know, Janamejaya is a keen student of history.  This publication has recently had sight of emails and other documents believed to have originated within the office of Janamejaya.  We can exclusively reveal that Janamejaya has drafted a list of questions for the Vyāsa team, regarding Indian political and dynastic history, including the following –

  • Did Yudhiṣṭhira suffer from a gambling addiction?
  • Did anyone in his family try to prevent his gambling habit?
  • Why was Draupadī not able to take charge of events?
  • How did Bhīma control his hot temper?
  • Why did no-one take action against the Kauravas at an earlier stage?

In the view of this publication, Janamejaya’s questions are timely and relevant under the current circumstances.  It is hoped that a brief exposition of key events concerning the Pāṇḍavas and Kauravas might be given in response.

Indeed, the focus on understanding the ethical and dharmic norms of our ancestors is particularly necessary.  Our ancestors seem to have understood that life is always filled with moral complexities and moral quandaries, and that the right thing to do could also be what appears the least in your own self-interest.  For, does dharma not protect those who protect it?

The search for a deeper understanding of moral deliberation in history will thus be helpful in guiding us in the present.  We can perhaps understand that the present is best interpreted in the light of history and that hearing narrations from the past can ennoble and transform us into our future selves.  Or, as posterity might come to express it –

“Historia vero testis temporum, lux veritatis, vita memoriae, magistra vitae, nuntia vetustatis …”

The sarpa-sattra is to take place within the next few days and will be broadcast live to the nation.

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