Priya: Shiva's chosen

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A new comic book with a female rape survivor as its “super hero” has been launched to focus attention on the problem of sexual violence in India.

Been reading the Indian epic Mahabharata recently, and was a little disappointed about some of the portrayal of women therein — I love that this story comes along and literally empowers a woman through some of the same figures that show up in the Mahabharata (Shiva and Parvati).

(thanks to John Hughes for sending this in!)

  • JRajBali

    You guys take a pretty decidedly pejorative view of indian culture eh?

  • Vidya Murugan

    The Mahabharata has some pretty unique woman characters. I could help you interpret them if you like.

  • Jason Porath

    Thank you! I’d love some help contextualizing the stories of Amba/Sikhandi and Princess Santa. Draupadi too, I suppose, but I feel like I have a pretty good handle on her story (she being a virtually faultless icon of Indian femininity, a la Sita).

  • Jason Porath

    I think if you look around the site, you’ll find a number of examples praising Indian culture. Going off of your Disqus comment history, it seems that you are regularly quite upset over the portrayal of India/Hinduism in the media. I am sure that must be very frustrating, and I sympathize. However, if you look over the rest of the site, I’ve tried to take a pretty even-handed approach to it. I’ve read the Ramayana, Mahabharata, some of the Rig Veda, the Bhagavad Gita, and scholarly interpretations of all of the above; I’ve researched a huge number of Indian women who haven’t made the site yet; I own the entire Amar Chitra Katha mythology collection and am working my way through it; and I have personally spent a fair bit of time living in and traveling across India.

    Obviously, as an outsider to the culture, I am limited in my perspective. But I’m not wholly ignorant. I have made a significant effort, especially considering that India is only one culture in the hundreds of which I write about on a daily basis. I try to simultaneously communicate enjoyment of/respect for Indian culture, while recognizing its imperfections.

  • Vidya Murugan

    Well there are several ways to look at these stories and characters. Is there a mail address I could use to send you my thoughts?

  • Jason Porath

    Sure – rejectedprincesses@gmail.com ought to do it (or you can use the form on this site).

  • xt

    Dude, good reply.