Vyasa’s Mahabharata is the longest epic in human literature – eight times as long as the Iliad and the Odyssey combined, four times the size of Valmiki’s Ramayana, and about three-and-a half times the length of the Bible. The gospel of dharma runs like a sacred thread runs through all the complex movements in the epic, which is one of our noblest heritages. The present critical study concentrates on an analysis of ‘The Dicing’ and the ‘Sequel to the Dicing’ as well as ‘The Temptation of Karna’ (Translated and edited by J.A.B. Van Buitenen), as prescribed for the English Honours students of the universities. Shakti Batra has been Vice-Principal, Dyal Singh College (University of Delhi). He has also taught at the Kabul University and the International university of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek as well as students from the Tibetan Public Service Commission, Dharamsala, and Kiynshu University, Japan.

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