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Ramayana: A Critical Appraisal

Ramendra Narayan Sanyal (Author)
Synopsis Based on the Valmiki Ramayana, this book discusses the major events of the Ramayana including those in the Uttara-Kanda, analyzing and interpreting them with a fresh approach. Written in a simple and lucid style, the work deals with the birth of Rama, his destruction of rakshasas accompanied by his brother Lakshmana, of Dasaratha, Rama’s exile, the many developments that led to the war between Rama and Ravana and the later events like Rama’s coronation, his abandonment of Sita and the last journey of Lord Rama. It brings out the many qualities of Rama like virtuousness, courage, compassion, equanimity of mind, devotion to duty and truth, and selflessness that make Rama a glorious, divine figure and the story in the Ramayana an unparalleled epic of the world. It also discusses the controversial acts of Rama like his killing of Vali and humiliation of Sita after her rescue. It underlines the importance of the example of Rama and the teachings of the Ramayana in the contemporary world.

The volume will fascinate a range of readers — general readers as well as scholars of Indian religion and culture who want to gain a fresh perspective on the glorious Ramayana tradition.
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About the author

Ramendra Narayan Sanyal

Ramendra Narayan Sanyal (b. 1926) began his professional career in a college after successfully completing his Masters in Economics from Calcutta University. Later he went on to compete in the State Civil Services examination that led him to begin a long association with the West Begal State Police Service and then with the Intelligence Bureau, Government of India. Over the course of nearly three decades he served in various capacities handling many sensitive assignments of national and international importance. Awarded the Indian Police Medal for Distinguished Service, Police Medal for Meritourious Service and the Police (Special Duty) Medal, Manipur. Since his retirement, he has been a prolific writer on diverse subjects including a recently published in-depth analysis of the intelligence network in the Mahabharata and its relevance in the present geo-political risks that India faces.

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Bibliographic information

Title Ramayana: A Critical Appraisal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124605513, 9788124605516
length xv+271p., Index; 23cm.