APAD-Dharma in the Mahabharata (English, Paperback, Agarwal Satya P.)
The literal meaning of the Sanskrit word “Apaddharma” is dharma appropriate at the time of calamity. The Mahabharata’s use of this expression implies that, in the opinion of the author of this epic, the traditional varnashramadharma would not prove to be strong enough to protect the society, if and when there is a calamity. Therefore, Vedic scholars ought to have welcomed the messages of Apad dharma when the society was actually attacked by external forces during the premodern period. The historical background of the present study poses an important, academic question how could the Indian society have protected itself against external attacks during the pre modern period? Research based answers to such India related questions occupy the initial part of this book to which a global dimension has been added by digging deep into Mahabharata’s innumerable stories.
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