Posted: 07 May 2011 at 7:14pm | IP Logged
@Lalitha Di - You are absolutely right when you say that sacrificing a family member for the sake of greater good is Dharma. But may I know what 'greater good' did Ram or his subjects incur by Sita's banishment? It was a severe blow to the moral and self respect of the women of Ayodhya - when a man spends time with other women he's not asked to prove his chastity by undergoing Agni Pariksha, but when the same thing comes upon a woman, why are the laws twisted? If you had been a citizen of Ayodhya would you have revered Ram's decision? Would you have ever trusted such a ruler in your life after that verdict (in case you had no idea that He's God Incarnate)?
People hailed Him as God and I think by taking this step He actually made people believe that Sita was indeed unchaste. It was only Luv and Kush who knocked some sense into the empty headed citizens of Ayodhya. Ram did not serve justice to His countrymen with this, He merely appeased them. That is what Indian leaders do upto this day and that is why the country is mired in illiteracy and regional and communal hatred. Appeasing the wrong ideals have always bore bitter fruits.
It is the first Dharma of every leader to lead his country men towards literacy and remove narrow minded ideals. Instead, by himself acting as per those outdated and illogical mentality, he would be actually encouraging Adharma. We all know the divine reason behind the Agni Pariksha and we also know that Ram banished Sita for a curse which was laid upon Vishnu. But ordinary people won't understand this and they would emulate Ram's example and treat their own wives in even worse ways. Ram's Dharma should have been to stand by Sita - not because She was His wife - because She was sinless and yet was being served with injustice.