Ramayana was a battle whose upshot was the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. This is how we know it and have been taught over a series of bedtime stories. What if I was to say otherwise? What if I told you that all we know is just the one side of the coin? Baffling, right? Have a read and let me know!
Ravana was a learned man. He was wise, shrewd and smart. Ravana was also a great devout of Lord Shiva. He had many havans and ceremonies to impress his lord. Lord Shiva was mightily impressed and decided to grace his presence and offer Ravana one wish. He asked for immortality. No living creature or natural process could not destroy him. His wish was granted.
It is said that he soon grew bored with this boon. He now wanted MOKSHA. But the problem lied in the boon he had been bestowed. Immortality. As long as he was alive, he couldn’t have attained Moksha. He needed to die. And since no living creature or natural process could have killed him, he needed to be finished off by a GOD.
Toughie, eh? The smartass that Ravana was, he devised a plan that would have a god kill him. Yes, he abducted Sita, wife of Lord Ram, to lure him to his Lanka. Ravana’s only aim to abduct Sita, was to rile Ram and allure him to Lanka and then get slained by him. Even the Valmiki’s Ramayana states that Ravana never misbehaved with her, never touched her. And whats the point to abduct someone’s wife, not misbehave with her, I mean, I do not mean any disrespect or impertinence towards the godly characters, but thinking radically, it seriously is of no use to just abduct her and then keep her in a luxurious garden. That’s plain lame.
Once Ram landed in Lanka and the war started, he realised that Ram himself couldnt figure out a way to kill Ravana. He then sent Vibhishana to Ram. Yes, to let Ram know where exactly to aim so that Ravana can be killed. Smart!
So, if one is to see this way, Ramayana can easily be seen as victory of Ravana over Ram. Not necessarily the win of evil over good, who are we to decide who’s the evil here.
The thoughts of this article are entirely derived from a HT editorial I read the other day. I am not polarising any opinions here, neither meaning any disrespect to anyone.