Why do Indian epics fail to address the grey areas?
"No person, be it a man or a woman, in the entirety can be good or bad. But if we keep both these aspects in front of people, will affect how they see the character." - Kaka Vidhate. Stories often create a polarised view of characters. They are portrayed as completely good, or completely bad.
But in reality, are people like that? Is there no inbetweener? Situations are often responsible for the choices that people make. And it is important for us to consider that. This discussion becomes important in today's polarised world as cancel culture and moral judgement take center stage.
This takes us back to one of the most misunderstood characters from Indian mythological story of Mahabharata. The Bridge Chronicle discussed this with Marathi author Kaka Vidhate and the English translator of the book, Vikram Pandey.