“The War of Words” – Dr. Jernail S. Anand
Dr. Jernail S. Anand’s poem in 13 cantos is a medley of existential, metaphysical and epistemological queries to Lord Krishna, who preached Arjuna a complete philosophy of life, that is practicable even today.
“The War of Words” is not just a sequel, so to say or a revisit to our historical texts, but is an empirical statement of the challenges of contemporary life. The poet, with no reluctance, questions Lord Krishna addressed as Keshav in the poem, about his presence in the modern world where Dharma has taken a u-turn and definitions of virtues have completely undergone mutations.
The poet dauntlessly questions the acts of dishonour against the virtuous people like the Pandavas that disheveled their lives in that age. He asservates his opinions about the loss of honour in the court of the King in those times.
The poem is a strong indictment of man’ s deviation from the path of Dharma to that of chaos. He begs to Lord Krishna to make his presence in “the rotten world ” where he is “desperately” needed.
In the course of a dialogue with Keshav, the poet defines several modern concepts and ideologies like ‘democracy’, ‘nationalism’, ‘Dharma’, ‘goodness’ and other virtues.
Dr. Anand, as a poet has put forth his observations, rationalist opinions, emotional effusions as well as the anger submerged deep within the subconscious to form a trajectory of pictures of modern society.
I congratulate him for writing a poem of epic stature .
Assoc. Prof. of English,
Baba Saheb Ambedkar Govt College,
Sri Ganganagar (Rajasthan)