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In today's world if Gandhari (of Mahabharat) blinfolded her eyes to show her empathy to her blind husband would she be viewed as a totally devoted wife or as one who shirks her responsibilities instead of taking over her husband's duties also?

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Asked by Lion Heart, 03 Dec '09 10:54 am
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Gandhari had taken over her husband's responsibilites.. she used to be beside him all the time and took care of him.. She used to guide him too. She had blindfolded ehr eyes because she wanted to 'see' the world as her blind husband saw it. She felt that was her dharma.. these days it would be wrong for an educated girl to blindfold herself..That would be a loss of resource.
Answered by joyoti sen, 03 Dec '09 03:22 pm

 
  
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Gandhari by blindfolding herself was not merely trying to deny herself the pleasure of sight that was denied to her husband. It should not be seen as a mere devotion to husband. Gandhari was an ardent worshipper of Lord Shiva. Gandhari's sacrifice of her eyesight and her austere life was to grant her great spiritual power.Although Gandhari's sons were portrayed as villains, the Mahabharata attributes high moral standards to Gandhari. She repeatedly exhorted her sons to follow dharma and make peace with the Pandavas.Gandhari had removed her blindfold only once to see Duryodhana rendering his entire body except his loins invulnerable to any foe.Gandhari's anguish in the loss of her hundred sons resulted in her cursing Krishna in effect ensuring the destruction of the Yadavas.It is also said that through a small gap in the napkin in which her eyes were blindfolded, her gaze fell on Yudhisthira's toe. The toe was charred black due to her wrath and power. Therefore, one cannot see her as a ...more
Answered by Jack Johnson, 06 Dec '09 08:23 am

 
  
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Hi LH,What Gandhari did in Dwaparyaug ,itself is worng.God had given sences to utilise it in the most useful way. With which we can help handicapped people also.With her eyes Gandhari could have shown her Husband the Beauty of this Earth.. She could have made him feel and realise ,how,Sun shines,how trees flowers ,birds and butterflies look,how her children look and smile,how the country is being ruled etc etc.She could have helped Dritharashtra to excute the role of King ,in far better.When I say Gandhari was wrong remaining blindfolded,how can I accept another Gandhari in today's world.Wife 's devotion must be for her husband's Betterment only.There is no point in remaining devoted in such away which creates reverse and negative effect to the couple.
Answered by Rachana, 03 Dec '09 11:51 am

 
  
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I think Gandhari's blindfold was infact a sort of rebellion.. a self denial for allowing herself to be forced to marry an much older man and a blind one too....so she too became outwardly blind to the power games that ppl played.,,,a metaphor perhaps. She however was not blind to the goings on in either the life of her husband or the sons. She did her wifely dutites very well....she took care of him but also was fair and reasonable and not blind to his or her childrens fault. She pleaded with her husband repeatedly to be fair to Pandav. But was ignored....she was a victim of male supremacy. Her blindness was taken for granted and considered a weakness .....and her staunch silent protest when draupadi was shamed in court was taken as agreement. She was steadfast till the end with her rationality...she refused to bless Kurus when they went on war....although her motherly instincts did raise when she wanted to protect duryodhan with the aura of invincibility from her gaze....withou ...more
Answered by sumitha, 03 Dec '09 06:57 pm

 
  
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I wish Gandhari had decided not to blindfold herself in empathy with Dhritarashtra because atleast that way she could have kept her eyes open and put some more sense into her recalcitrant husband whose stubborness was refelcted in his filial love for his army of children. When both decided to go blind, Shakuni stepped cleverly into the arena and made merry.

If Gandhari appeared stupid to do that 5200 years ago, it will be even more stupid for any wife to do that today, in a world that has changed so much in these five millenium and where realism takes to the fore in every aspect of life. If some one was to do that, the automatic insinuations that would follow from this so realistic world which has an opinion on anything under the sun could vary from - she can't be more stupid than this or she is trying to cash in on sympathy or there is something devious in this drama or she is being a parasite on others. Today, no one has time or patience for such things and then even interpret it ...more
Answered by Omega, 03 Dec '09 04:09 pm

 
  
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Today first of all nobody will do such foolish sacrifices, instead will try to do the duties of her hubby and serve him well. With both blind, today's world will easily exploit them. If she is such a devoted wife she would've donated her eyes to her hubby, now that technology has improved, she could get medical aid for performing an eye operation to get his vision back. There are many living examples for such noble acts.
Answered by Muktha Radhakrishnan, 03 Dec '09 11:16 am

 
  
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If a modern lady did that society would just say "what a stupid choice she made, what will happen to her kids now?!" In a society obsessed w/ self preservation, egalitarianism has no place except for 1 or 2 emotional moments in televised ads during election season.
Answered by A Moin, 03 Dec '09 11:05 am

 
  
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If some women follow the tradition as Gandhari has done, Human Right Activists will take their husband to court under Atrocities against Women's Act. Blind husbands would prefer eye surgery through donations from well-wishers.
Answered by Dharmarajan, 06 Dec '09 08:45 am

 
  
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Had Shantanu, Dhritrashtra's grandfather controlled his (high on amour and low on moral) libido for Satyawati and had Devavrat not followed his father blindly even in his bad ways ... things wouldn't have gone ahead and produced Vichitravirya. Whose sons were Pandu and Dhritrashtra.

Devavrat took 3 vows to save face of his amorously acrobatic father and became Bhishma. Instead of accepting his wishes and taking the vows of never marrying, always observing celibacy and always serving whoever sit on throne as his father... he should have taken oath of not bowing to his father's immoral wishes. Shantanu and Satyawati had a son Vichitraveerya who fathered Pandu & Dhritrashtra.

Then followed the series of curses... Bhishma himself was born due to a curse as he was one of the eight Vasus in his previous birth. He was cursed for stealing Nandini,Kamdhenu, from Vasishtha's ashram.

So, I don't blame either Dhritrashtra or Gandhari for what they did as they were just acting out dutiful ...more
Answered by rajneesh Rediff, 05 Dec '09 01:14 am

 
  
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In a marriage or any partnership, partners need to complement each other, not become the same. This is the essence of synergistic approach of any relationship/ partnership.

Gandhari's blindfold did not help anyone. It may have given her some solace or emotional fulfilment, but in stark reality, she did something that resulted in "end" of her dynasty. She was blindfolded to all the wrongs and suicidal policies around her. In fact, in pursuit of her emotional fulfilment of being like husband, she could not take proper care of her children, which might have resulted in Duryodhan and Dushaasan becoming what they became.

She also could not become a reckoning force in power game, while keeping her eyes open, she could have played the role of real control over the kingdom and successfully enthroned her sons, but she lost.

So it was not wise then and it won't be wise now. It might give momentary emotional fulfilments to someone, but nothing more.

Emotions are important, but one nee ...more
Answered by manish varma, 04 Dec '09 08:00 am

 
  
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