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Date: Fri Jan 12 1996 - 21:40:31 PST
Dear Mrs. Anonymous, Welcome to the group. The answer for the issue raised by you about Rama deserting his pregnant wife Sita (at the comment of a Dhobi) is rather difficult to answer to fulI satisfaction. I will make an attempt: Rama was the king of Ayodhya. A king has to set an example to his subjects. As is the king so are the subjects. It fell on Rama's ears that a certain dhobi was criticizing about Rama accepting back Sita, who had spent an year in Ravana's house. For every one loud mouth, there may be hundreds whispering the same sentiment. Rama, obviously could not bare the possible ill-reputation that may come upon him as well as the Raghu family. Although he had previously tested for himself the chastity of Sita, it is immaterial at this point. What Rama was doing was for satisfying public opinion. As a ruler of repute, this is very important, even if the comment is made by an ordinary subject. Because, rulers and their families have previleges not available to common people and also have a greater responsibility and accountability, which oculd mean an undue suffering. Thus, he banished Sita. It is quite clear that he did not do this happily. He entrusted his most trusted brother Lakshman to do this job. In this context, I like to share another episode from recent History, which may be relatively easier for us to comprehend as per the modern standars set by our present day rulers. Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister with a fairly good popularity. Raj Narain (a common man who always did his laundry in public), her opponent, challenged the election in the court based on the mal practises conducted by her during the polls. He won and the court invalidated Mrs. Gandhi's victory. The opposition members of the parliment demanded her resignation. Mrs. Gandhi glued herself to the Prime minister's chair and imposed national emergency, telling that the whole nation was in danger. The only thing that was in danger was her seat(even that is questionable as she could have easily come back considering her popularity). Not only that, Indira Gandhi brought her goonda son Sanjay Gandhi (worthy of only banishment) into forefront and he ran the affairs (did goonda giri) without any elected office! -K. Sreekrishna (tatachar) Here are few other instances in Ramayana which are not straight forward. Yet th eon eraised by you tops them all. 1. Dasharatha sending his tender son's at the behest of Vishvamitra 2. Vali Vadha by Rama by shooting an arrow from behind(hiding)-By the way during British Raj, Valivadha was been disputed in the regular court setting with pertinent attorneys representing both sides. I don't know the outcome. 3. Rama's caronation fixed by Dasharatha at a time when Bharatha and Shatrugna are away. No plan was made to send words for them to attend the event. 4. Dasharatha giving payasam to only Kausalya and Kaikeyi. 5. Lakshmana's treatment of Urmila: Leaving her behind and asking her not to shed even a drop of tear. If Sita has to accompany Rama, why not Urmila accompany Lakshmana? 6. Rama asking Sita to prove her chastity by Agnipravesham.