The author of this epic obviously does not have his facts right as far as Indian mythology goes. I am shocked to find the easy parallel drawn between Ravana and Karna, which is nothing short of laughable. Karna is a far more complex character than Ravana. The trajectory of his life is problematised by the question of caste and identity that one does not see in Ravana. That way, Maharabharata as a whole is a far more complex narrative than the more linear Ramayana. Someone who draws comparisons between epics across religious faiths/ races/ continents cannot afford such gross simplification and mis-readings.
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