ಹಣಹಿಡುಕರ ವಿಡಂಬನೆ

‘ಹಣವಿಲ್ಲದೆ ಹೆಣ ಸುಡುವುದೂ ಕಷ್ಟ’ ಎಂದು ನಮಗೆ ಹರಿಶ್ಚಂದ್ರನ ಕಾಲದಿಂದ ತಿಳಿದಿದೆ. ಈಗಂತೂ ನಮ್ಮ ಸಮಾಜ ನಿಂತಿರುವುದೇ ಹಣದ ಮೇಲೆ. ಹೀಗಿರಲು ಜೀವನದ ಎಲ್ಲ ಆಯಾಮಗಳಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಹಣದ ಪ್ರಭಾವ ಕಂಡುಬರುವುದು ಅಚ್ಚರಿಯಲ್ಲ. ಮುಂದಿನ ಪದ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂಥ ಒಂದು ಸಂಗತಿಯತ್ತ ಕವಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಗಮನವನ್ನು ಸೆಳೆಯುತ್ತಾರೆ:

ಅಕ್ಷ್ಣೈಕೇನ ವಿಲೋಕನೇ ದಶ ತಥಾ ದ್ವಾಭ್ಯಾಂ ಕೃತೇ ವಿಂಶತಿಃ

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ರ್ಧೂರ್ತೈಃ ಸಂಪ್ರತಿ ಕುಟ್ಟನೀವ್ಯವಸಿತೈರ್ದೇವೋऽಪಿ ವೇಶ್ಯೀಕೃತಃ ||

A Touchstone

Though we have a great deal of material connected with dharma, it is not easy to decide what constitutes dharma and what would be adharma when faced with challenging situations. Draupadī, while being humiliated in the court of the Kauravas hurls a scathing remark at Bhīṣma and questions him about the nature of dharma. Bhīṣma replies that it is beyond his capacity to assess what is dhārmic under the current circumstances.[1]

Once the king refused, the commander married her. Once when the king was roaming, he saw her standing in the balcony of the commander’s house. As soon as he saw her it was as though he was put under a mesmerising spell. He came back to the palace and laid down with great mental agony.

Sustainability Competence[1]

The Case

The government filed a case against Sitarama Shastri and Ashvatthanarayana Rao, accusing the article published in Navajīvana to be treasonous.

Shastri had severely criticized the government’s callous attitude towards its own people in the January 1929 issue of Vīrakesari. The issue published on 15th January had an article titled Will Tyranny Win? The contents were as follows –