Mahābhārata: the critical edition and beyond9 min read . Updated: 01 Jul 2017, 11:53 PM IST
Ever since the critical edition (also known as the Poona edition) of the Mahbhrata was completed, practically all Western scholarly work has focused on it
Indians like me begin their love affair with the Mahābhārata from nānīmā’s stories. Epic metaphors and references pervade our Weltanschauung and values along with our earliest memories. As A.K. Ramanujan once famously said, “No Hindu reads the Mahābhārata for the first time." When we “grow up" a little, we might read C. Rajagopalachari’s abridged (might I add, sanitized) version. Few of us go on to read the unabridged epic in any language, and even fewer in the original Sanskrit.
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