Special on Vijayadashmi- Narendra Kohli’s ‘Sita-Ram’ (Narendra Kohali Ke ‘Sita-Ram’)
Corona has taken away a lot from us, which is impossible to compensate. One such loss is Narendra Kohli, the immortal creator of literature. This loss will never be compensated in literature, but today on the occasion of Vijayadashami, I am trying to pay tribute to him by sharing the summary of his Ram Katha with you.
It is said that Tulsi distributed Valmiki-Ramayana to the public in the form of Ramcharitmanas, when he was in dire need of such an ideal character, in front of whom he could cry, whom he could say. He gave the boon of devotion for the upliftment of the society and created such a character, which became his own after getting into everyone’s heart.
Narendra Kohli did the same thing in today’s era. He understood the arguments of the younger generation becoming atheist, adopted their enthusiasm and created such characters, which today’s generation can understand, characters with which their reasoning can agree and can imbibe the teachings from their life. Narendra Kohli has explained the scientific aspects of almost all the fictional events and characters of our scriptures in a narrative manner and this is his greatest contribution to literature.
When I read ‘Abhyudaya’, I was terrified for a long time. Valmiki’s Siya-Ram, Tulsi’s Siya-Ram must have enthralled you many times, but the Siya-Ram I am talking about is the Siya-Ram of the famous Hindi writer Narendra Kohli. He is not God, he is human, but I claim that even if a staunch atheist reads this novel once, then his mind will not be able to live without reverence for those ‘humans’ named Sita-Ram.
Narendra Kohli’s Rama is not an incarnation of Vishnu, on whose arrival every human, sage-sage and exploited public falls at his feet. He was a sensitive, hardworking intellectual, with whom people argued, initially they did not cooperate due to fear of demons, their indolence, prejudices and sometimes cowardice. And that is why the practical contemplation of Sita-Rama and Lakshmana, their intense desire to destroy the demonic tendency and establish a happy human society based on equality, and the relentless and constant struggle to convert it into practice, be beautifully articulated. could.
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When Vishwamitra took Rama with him to kill the demons, the sensitive Rama was moved by the horror of cruelty he saw there. He heartily felt the need to take up arms in favor of justice. By coming in contact with Vishwamitra’s ashram and the nearby villagers, he also came to know about the truth of how fearful and pessimistic a person becomes after suffering continuous exploitation and how arrogant the ruling powers are in the absence of opposition. Due to the efforts of Vishwamitra, the killing of some demons by Rama became an inspiration to break the layer of despair in the minds of others and to stand up against injustice.
Vishwamitra knew that Sita, the palit daughter of Janak, is exactly like Rama in principles, sensitivity and thoughts, so he tried to make her a life partner, which was successful. The stony despair in Ahilya’s mind was also broken by the sensitive Rama with the inspiration of Vishwamitra.
Ram promised Vishwamitra that he would go among the people, become one of them and do the work of destroying the evil tendencies in the society and then organizing the advanced society and making it stand against the demonic forces.
Kaikeyi’s orders gave him an opportunity to devote himself to this goal of his life and his struggle journey began.
The struggle journey proved his victory-journey. In the jungles, the courageous and sensitive Sita-Ram and Lakshmana met people from different oppressed and oppressed sections of the society. After getting sympathy from them and having some faith in their valor, they would tell them their problems and listen to Ram’s problems and get immersed in contemplation. Anger about social inequality, anger towards the exploiters and compassion towards the oppressed would agitate them and they would get ready to help them. Sometimes, considering the practical aspects, he would find himself weaker than any exploiter. In such a situation, he sought help from the nearby sages. In Kohli’s Ram-Katha, the conversation of Rama and the forest sages, their discussions are very interesting. He introduces the intellectual form of Rama
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