My blog in response to Supreme Court’s Observation that, Dhronacharya committed injustice on Eklavya, because he was tribal (http://tinyurl.com/27d3pdx)
While I am no scholar in scriptures, my knowledge to the epic is courtesy to the explanation provided by mom and grand mom in my early years and even now.
Its really saddening to see that mocking hindu religion, its scriptures and epics is the fashion across the society. Politician’s always used and mocked religions for their vested interest. Left liberal are better not talked about. Media is at best left out from this discussion, as for their petty benefits and to please their masters, journalist have gone to extent of calling Lord Rama as divine encroacher. I am pained to see the one of most trusted wing of democracy, Judiciary have started making statements on individual faith without understanding the matter.
The observation that “Dhronacharya had committed injustice on Eklavya by seeking right thumb of Eklavya, so as to benefit Arjuna” is highly misplaced and motivated. Firstly we must understand the respect that is been showered to shree Dhronacharya by Indians as a whole lot and not just Hindus. Dhronacharya award for coaches / teachers in field of sport is considered to be the top most award in the flurry of Bhart ratna’s and Padma shree’s (whose sanctity has been lost courtesy past few winners).
Now coming back to the topic of Dhronacharya and Eklavya, let me try and solve the mystery as I understand. The reason for seeking thumb of Eklavya by Dhronacharya was not because of love for Arjuna. The underline message of Dhronacharya was, Knowledge is the wealthiest treasure and no one can acquire it by stealing and/or without sacrificing. It is fact that Eklavya learnt the art of archery from Dhronacharya without the consent of the teacher. Dhronacharya wanted to instill the importance of the teacher and understanding that wealth of knowledge cannot be stolen but acquired after consent of the giver and also after sacrificing something to acquire that wealth. Hence to give lesson to generations ahead and to avoid misleading of students, Dhronacharya took this decision
The wealth acquired after hard work sacrificed is cherished and respected. Without the step of Dhronacharya to invoke discipline in students, respect to the teachings and teachers would have been far-fetched dream. The student is been endeavored with a heavy responsibility of being disciplined. Knowledge is treated as blessing of GOD, and stealing of this blessing does invite the wrath. However, I would also like to mention that the above statements in no way demean the passion of young student named Eklavya who wanted to learn the art.
The passion of Eklavya has been guiding light for many students and it has to be used as zeal to learn. However any good intent, passion performed beyond the frame work of discipline has to be restricted. The zeal of Eklavya was not off ill intent or to cheat, but the Decision of Dhronacharya had nothing to do with the caste of Eklavya. Yes caste of Eklavya was reason for not letting him inside the guru ashram meant for royal children, which can debatable, but only after studying in depth the reason for it. The zeal of one person can not be used as proof to demean other person's righteous act.
I hope my this tiny understanding of our scriptures can throw light and pave way to pseudo sickular to mend their ways of mocking one of the biggest gift to the world, Sanatan Dharma