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Gandhaari: The Queen Who Blindfolded Herself

Some say that it was her marital devotion and she covered her eyes in empathy to her blind-born husband, others believe that it was passive resistance to her forced marriage.

Either way, this defining choice of Gandhaari, the princess of Gandhaar, is exemplary of steely, indefatigable conviction and iron will. For a wife who denies herself the sight of her husband, a mother who does not look upon her newborns, a sister who refuses to see the face of her only remaining blood family, if she does not possess the power of stiffly and rigidly upholding the severest of resolutions, then there are none who do.

However, her decision to blindfold herself was more selfish and degenerative than selfless and constructive. It blinded her to the conspiracies her vengeful brother was hatching right in her home, it hampered what just might have been a possibly content marriage, it distanced her from her spouse, and most importantly, it obstructed her duties as a mother. Perhaps if Gandhaari had foreseen the fatal consequences of her seemingly positive undertaking, she might have aided prevent one of the biggest War in the History of Humankind.

But then, there is no stopping Fate, is there?

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As vengeance for her abduction, which led to abandonment by her long-time lover and other suitors, Princess Amba of Kashi wanted to marry her abductor, Gangaputra Devratt Bhishm. It was perhaps the pain of lost love, and general humiliation because now no one would marry her (as she was considered ‘spoiled’ by another man’s touch) drove her to seek revenge.

Why did she see marriage to Devratt as justice? Because Bhishm’s bhishm (horrible, or horribly tough) oath was one of being a celibate all through life. Since breaking oaths and promises were considered highly disgraceful, Amba felt that if Bhishm married her and broke his oath, they would be equal.