(Juhi Aishwary, Journalist)
New Delhi: Film actor Ashutosh Rana, on the lines of Hari Anant Hari Katha Ananta, Kahin Sunahin Bahibidhi Saba Santa, has also appeared before the readers with his composition ‘Ramrajya’ based on Ram Katha. The most important thing in this book, divided into eleven chapters, is that it describes the characterization of King Dasharatha’s middle queen Kaikeyi and Ravana’s sister Shurpanakha varies widely.
A new perspective
From the author’s perspective, these two female characters play a very important role in the journey from Dasaratha to son Ram to become Narayan. The image of these two women prevails among the common people is the Khal characters, but after reading this book, the reader will conclude that both these characters helped achieved their objective of Lord Shri Ram.
Kaikeyi was not a villain
It is well known that even though Rama was the son of Maharani Kaushalya, Kaikeyi’s personality had a profound impact on his life. She wanted Rama more than her son Bharata and Rama herself was closer to Kaikeyi rather than Kaushalya. Then, what happened that the same Kaikeyi sought the throne of Ayodhya for his son Bharata and 14 years of exile for Rama. Because of this, Kaikeyi’s common image became that of a villain. Even today no one names his daughter Kaikeyi. But the author has established through the Rama-Kaikeyi dialogue that the middle queen of Dasharatha never wanted to exile Rama.
Ram himself wanted exile
In front of Kaikeyi, Rama himself expressed his wish that he wanted to give priority to forestation instead of mounting the throne. He inspired Kaikeyi to ask for his two brides from King Dasharatha.
Rama was born to destroy demonic practices from this earth, but he would not have been able to do this work if he had sat on the throne of Ayodhya as per his father’s wish. So, he requested Kaikeyi to ask King Dasaratha for two boons to pave the way for his exodus.
Celebrated Kaikeyi like this
Kaikeyi is not ready for this but Rama explains to him that the person sitting on the throne is forced to love his own policy, but a person living in the society can make his policy. Special individuals must remain in the middle of the rest of the class with their entire attribute, as this allows the rest of the class to venture into acquiring the particular value attribute. Land is not protected, nourished, cultivated by staying in the building. For this, the landlord has to leave the shadow of his building and tap himself into the heat of the land.
Shurpanakha was delightful
Like Kaikeyi, Shurpanakha also proved to be helpful in Rama’s journey from male to Narayan. In this book, Shurpanakha has a very interesting dialogue with his father Vishrava in which the father tells his daughter,” the unrighteous father also wants his child to follow the path of religion. Then, a man walking on the path of religion would want his child to live his life righteously. I have always been guilt-ridden about the fact that even after the completion of my child virtuous, brilliant and intelligent, it was not the satisfaction of the world but the cause of its anguish. “
Male made Narayan
That is why Vishrava says to her daughter that you can use your intelligence skills and inspire Rama and Ravana to fight each other. When Shurpanakha succeeds in her objective, history says that even though history will remember her as a Kamasakta misdemeanor, she is overwhelmed by the fact that she is the Kalankini who became the medium for Rama to transform from Nara to Narayana.
Ram is not a person, but a thought
We were born as Rama persons involved in the mind, thinking and character of all of us and became personified by our gratitude and became forever by becoming thoughts with that ultimate and abject gratitude. The same Ram’s story is presented by the author with a new perspective and he has been successful in it. The meanings of Hindi words in the book are given as footnotes. Although it was not understood that the meaning of the word used in common usage like ‘Mudit’ has been given, but the meaning of ‘Kashaya-Kalmash’ has not been given.
Even at some places there have been errors of proof, but if these minor shortcomings are left, then the book binds to its flow. For the admirers of Ram Katha, even if the facts revealed in this book are not new, but there is much for the common people to accept. This book will prove to be helpful in changing the perception of Kaikeyi and Shurpanakha.