MPs keep date with mythology, watch Chakravyuha

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 11, 2014 02:59 IST

It was both a re-enactment of a Hindu epic on stage and a subtle rebuff to those who question the epics on the basis of historical evidence.

The Lok Sabha secretariat on Wednesday screened a play Chakravyuha — the story of the killing of Arjun’s son Abhimanyu in the Mahabharat — for members of Parliament, even as a meeting of the Union cabinet was being held.

The play began with a subtle rebuff to those who question the epics on the basis of evidence.

“Did history really happen? Was the Mahabharat really fought? Questions will be asked in future. No evidence will be left,” said former Lok Sabha MP and actor Nitish Bharadwaj — who is playing Krishna about 25 years after the iconic Mahabharat television serial.

“Write history as you will. The characters won’t return. But if you forget all this, how will you decide between right and wrong? Forget the events if you will but remember the lessons that truth and dharm shall prevail,” he said.

Among those who attended were Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, BJP patriarch LK Advani, Union minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, BJP MP Jagdambika Pal, BJP leader and actor Vinod Khanna among others.

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