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On Freedom

Distortion of the Veda NALINI PANDITs Ambedkar and the Bhagwat Gita' (May 16-23) is a disturbing travesty of data from Indian mythology, (1) "The Mahabhqrvta mentions an occasion when Krishna and Arjun were dead drunk!' The reference is apparently to the Udyoga Parva 59.5 where Sanjaya states that he visited the inner apartments of Arjuna and Krishna and that ''both had drunk wine/and looked cheerful in splendid dresses/and ornaments" (the P Lal trans- creation, vol 92), Their behaviour, as described thereafter, shows no signs of inebriation. On the other hand, Sanjaya describes Krishna's speech as "sweet, gentle, persuasive, but fearful for/Dhritarashtra's sons... articulated precisely, full of artha, and yet/full of foreboding" (59.16-17).

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