Anand Shankar was trolled mercilessly in social media when he posted his story ‘Ravana’ in his blog. He was a little known blogger and hence the tremendous attention that his present story drew came as a rude shock as well as pleasant surprise at once.
His story ended with Sita longing to return to Lanka because Rama suspected her chastity. No, she didn’t return. In fact, she didn’t even want to return. A painful conflict arose in her consciousness. This man, Rama, the Maryada Purushottam, the hero of a whole country, god incarnate, this man faltered when some silly gossip monger raised a question about my chastity, Sita reflects at the end of Anand’s tale. Ravana emerges as a far better hero in her consciousness. Ravana who stood before her in Ashok Vatika with love and admiration in his eyes. And reverence that did not at all match his royal narcissism. When he knew that his love for her could never surpass her love for Rama, he surrendered himself in devotion to Rama and begged to be killed by none other than his rival. Ravana sacrificed himself for me while my husband is seeking to sacrifice me for his honour, Sita sat pondering at the end of Anand Shankar’s story.
Trolls marched in hoards accusing Anand Shankar of blasphemy, irreligion, demon worship, secessionism, anti-nationalism, and all sorts of things. The euphoria over the attention his blog received soon gave way to jitteriness. Anand wondered what his crime really was. He contemplated for days and days.
Ravana’s ten heads appeared to him with various colours and expressions. Anand saw his own blasphemy, irreligion, and other evils on those faces. But very often he saw his trolls, the numerous nationalist organisations and their fanatic supporters, on Ravana’s faces. Anand was confused. Who is the real Ravana?
Sita will be sacrificed again and again until the real Ravana is discovered, Anand Shankar began his next blog post.