By Mr Anand Neelakantan
The epic story of victory and defeatƒ the tale of the Ramayana have been informed innumerable instances. The mesmerizing tale of Rama, the incarnation of God, who slew Ravana, the evil demon of darkness, is understood to each Indian. And within the pages of background, as constantly, it's the model advised via the victors, that lives on. The voice of the vanquished is still misplaced in silence. yet what if Ravana and his humans had a distinct tale to inform? the tale of the Ravanayana had by no means been advised. Asura is the epic story of the vanquished Asura humans, a narrative that has been adored by way of the oppressed outcastes of India for 3000 years. in the past, no Asura has dared to inform the story. yet possibly the time has come for the useless and the defeated to talk. ñFor millions of years, i've been vilified and my demise is widely known 12 months after 12 months in each nook of India. Why? was once it simply because I challenged the Gods for the sake of my daughter? used to be it simply because I freed a race from the yoke of caste-based Deva rule? you've got heard the victor's story, the Ramayana. Now pay attention the Ravanayana, for i'm Ravana, the Asura, and my tale is the story of the vanquished.î ñI am a non-entity ? invisible, powerless and negligible. No epics will ever be written approximately me. i've got suffered either Ravana and Rama ? the hero and the villain or the villain and the hero. while the tales of significant males are informed, my voice perhaps too feeble to be heard. but, spare me a second and listen to my tale, for i'm Bhadra, the Asura, and my lifestyles is the story of the loser.î the traditional Asura empire lay shattered into many warring petty kingdoms reeling less than the heel of the Devas. In desperation, the Asuras search for to a tender saviour ? Ravana. Believing larger international awaits them below Ravana, universal males like Bhadra choose to keep on with the younger chief. With a will of iron and a fiery ambition to be triumphant, Ravana leads his humans from victory to victory and carves out an enormous empire from the Devas. yet even if Ravana succeeds spectacularly, the negative Asuras locate that not anything a lot has replaced for them. it's whilst that Ravana, through one motion, adjustments the historical past of the realm.
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