The Mahabharata is unique. In literary terms, it is one of the world’s longest epic. In historical terms, the Mahabharata sheds light on the Indian culture, tradition, politics and spirituality. It has been made into TV serials, movies and animation films.
So anyone in India can be expected to be aware of the most important characters of the epic. The warrior, Arjuna, and the illustrious son, Bhishma, are two of the many.
And such is its impact that Mahabharata is often used as a metaphor to describe India’s politics. So the turmoil in Uttar Pradesh can also be allegorically described with characters from the Mahabharata.
Sagarika Ghose tried to do the same with this tweet:
Good one! MSY shd learn from Bhishma who was happy to be defeated by Arjun, the worthy successor to his legacy..:) https://t.co/yQuedbK4PM
— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) January 20, 2017
Yes, the trouble between Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son, and UP CM, Akhilesh Yadav have been making headlines. Their “coming together”, too, grabbed eyeballs in the media.
But the comparison that Sagarika Ghose made makes no sense because:
1. Bhishma was NOT Arjuna’s father.
2. There was no “happy to be defeated” thing.
Bhishma, being a superior warrior and blessed with the boon of self-death, would have defeated Arjuna had the latter not used Shikhandi as a shield. (It is another thing that Bhishma himself gave the hint to Pandavas about how he could be defeated.)
3. Arjuna was not Bhishma’s “successor” in any way.
Bhishma was not the emperor and Arjuna was not even in the reckoning for the throne of Hastinapur. (Yudhisthira was.)
@sagarikaghose my goodness. what do you smoke? seems to work very well. Comparing MSY to Bheeshma and Akhilesh to Arjuna/ able admin.. jeez
— crazyfire (@ThePatriotDesi) January 20, 2017