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Ashok Banker

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Author, The Ramayana Series

I think each author has his or her own reasons for exploring different stories and forms of narrative. But what’s happening now is simply an explosion of Hindu jingoism, young authors seeking to make a quick buck off their own culture. When I retold the Ramayana, I wrote a long essay which prefaces each book in the series clarifying that I have embellished and expanded on the original narrative while retaining the basic structure and spirit of the epic. But these authors don’t seem to care about their own scriptures. They make up what they like and destroy the original text. However, I don’t think its working.

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