Staff Reporter

He delivers a lecture on ‘Dharma and Nyaya’

VISAKHAPATNAM: Law students should read epics like the Mahabharatha and the Ramayana and other ancient texts that contain lot of knowledge and material to which they should apply their discretion in arriving at a conclusion, Director of Annamayya Project of Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams Medasani Mohan said. Giving a lecture on ‘Dharma and Nyaya’, at the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar College of Law of Andhra University here on Tuesday, he narrated incidents from the Mahabharatha underlining the nuances of ‘nyaya’ (justice) and dharma, a unique concept of the land.

Dr. Mohan said Duryodhana denies ‘land equivalent to the tip of a needle’ during Krishna’s efforts to avert the war and wants it to be won in the war. Krishna warns of the consequences of war and how the virtuous should not keep quiet when they know something unjust happens. At the end of the war, Duryodhana hides in a lake to escape from the wrath of Bhima, one of the Pandavas. He reasons out with Dharmaraja, known for his even handed justice, that he is prepared to part with the kingdom and should not be killed by the five Pandavas as he was unarmed too. Dharmaraja accepts a duel with anyone of the five. Krishna provokes Duryodhana for a duel with Bhima as it is his duty to establish ‘dharma.’ When Duryodhana is hit below the belt, Balarama questions it but when told about the manner in which unarmed Abhimanyu, son of Arjuna, was killed by top Kaurava warriors and other unfair practices, he relents.

Law College Principal A. Rajendra Prasad, who presided, said justice and dharma were sometimes contradictory and quoted the instance of a mother stealing a loaf of bread for her hungry child. Dean of the Faculty of Law R. Venkata Rao, who introduced Dr. Mohan, drew attention to the motto at the apex court “Yatho dharma tatho jayah.” It was the blessing of Gandhari when Duryodhana seeks her blessings before the Kurukshetra war, he added.