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Telugu Original: Raganayakamma

English Translation: B. R. Bapuji, R. Venkateswara Rao, Ari Sitaramayya, C. Padmaja

Observe whom does the Ramayana favour. The poor or the rich? The servants or the masters? ‘Lower’ castes or ‘upper’ castes? The people or the rulers? Superstitious beliefs or rational thinking? The freedom of women or male chauvinism?

Is the story beautiful, which is filled with desire for the throne, conspiracies, selfishness and the guise of false commitments? Is the story beautiful which cuts the nose, ears and breasts of women and insults them? Is the story beautiful which suspects the conjugal fidelity of the wife and drives her to perform the test with fire? Is the story beautiful, which sets fire to enemy cities and pushes women, infants and innocent people into fire? — What moral, what value, what act in this story is beautiful? If we thus question the aspects of this story what beauty do we find in it?

Both Rama and Ravana were kings. Both were the representatives of the rich classes of those times. Both were autocratic. Both invaded other kingdoms and expanded their empires. There were class distinctions in their kingdoms. There were rich-poor distinctions. There were male domination and female subordination. There were prostitution, beggary, battles, killings and every thing. There was no difference in the
nature of their rule. Therefore, the working classes need not praise either Rama or Ravana. For that matter, they need not praise any king.

What will remain if we abandon the culture that existed for several hundreds and thousands of years? What sort of way of life will emerge? — What will remain if we get rid of chronic disease? We secure full health. If ill-health leaves us, we get full-health. If we get rid of hardships, we get comforts. If exploitative culture is eliminated, there emerges a culture that does not allow exploitation and which makes every one perform labour and all people have labour relations of equality.

What you call an ‘ancient’ culture is not simply an ancient culture. It is also the present culture. We will formulate a new culture in the course of our review with regard to what is good and what is bad in that culture; what should we accept and what should we reject and so on. For this purpose, we have to examine the old culture. We have to abandon bad and retain good in the old culture. Our examination of the old culture must be such that all people will have equal rights and equal responsibility. Only when we have such a perspective, we will know what sort of new ideas should replace the old ideas. Either new society or new culture (new life) does not come on its own. The new one does not begin suddenly from where the old one stops or breaks. We cannot
create the new culture without abandoning the old culture after a criticism. The new culture evolves in the course of our criticism of the old one.

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Hi Mcs Reddy gaaru,

Telugu version of this title is available at http://kinige.com/kbook.php?id=663

thought i am raeding telugu it's english i am disappointed