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Working hours are over, and I'm back for round two on this little gem. I call it #InternetMahabharata. Thread: economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-… #Mahabharata #epic #academichumor
The gods watched the Kurukshetra War as it unfolded, which is to say that they followed the fighters on Twitter. But they had to make sure that they followed all of the fighters, because they kept dying off, meaning their accounts were suspended. #InternetMahabharata #Mahabharata
Ekalavya tried to sign up online for Drona's workout class, but it was full. He asked Drona to give him special permission to join, but Drona said no. Ekalavya said, no problem, he decided to workout using pirated YouTube videos of Drona instead. #InternetMahabharata #Mahabharata
But, you know, the internet wasn't always so robust. In the early days of the Mahabharata, it was pretty rudimentary. That's how Karna got talked into giving his armor to Indra - like the days of AOL chatrooms when you didn't know who anyone was #InternetMahabharata #Mahabharata
Draupadi's relationship status on Facebook: It's complicated

(shout out to @raisaahab for that one) #InternetMahabharata #Mahabharata
I still feel that the Pandavas could have used the internet more to their advantage. Like, what if they had ponied up the cash for one of those nanny cams that you can stream online? Could've prevented the brutal night attack. #InternetMahabharata #Mahabharata
Sometimes it was a good idea to stay offline though. One time, after the War, Yudhishthira was wavering whether to be king. His brothers suggested that he do an online poll to see what the people wanted. Yudhishthira declined because monarchy. #InternetMahabharata #Mahabharata
I only wish that they'd had the internet in the times of the Ramayana. Then Hanuman could've saved a lot of trouble carrying that whole mountain by just searching "sanjivani herb" on google images. #InternetMahabharata #Mahabharata
Going back to Ekalavya and his pirated videos, the whole thing ended pretty badly for him. He was forced to give up his thumb drive.

(shout out to @torkihobe for that one) #InternetMahabharata #Mahabharata
The Mahabharata was originally told in a tweet thread. It was Vyasa who put the whole thing on Storify, with the help of Ganesha because, well, we've all been there with helping grandpa with the internet. #InternetMahabharata #Mahabharata

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Sep 18, 2018
I'm going to quickly answer a series of objections that come up *literally* every time I post about the misogynistic filth (and other genres of hate) that are lobbed at me regularly for doing my job as a scholar. #thread
Objection: I'm playing the victim.

Reality: I'm accurately describing a phenomenon in which I am not at fault. Nobody deserves the hate mail I receive, absolutely nobody. Also, I'm not asking people to feel sorry for me. I am raising awareness.
Objection: Just block people who attack you.

Reality: I have blocked thousands of Twitter accounts. These is not a few bad apples but rather a society-wide phenomenon of permissibility of vile speech against women. We need to confront our demons because we can't outrun them.
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Apr 18, 2018
As a follow-up to my #InternetMahabharata, I want to reflect--briefly--on the actual #Mahabharata, its increasingly overlooked importance, and the #Hindutva undermining of the epic. Thread:
Let me start with the personal - I love the Mahabharata. It is an incredible, awesome tale. In fact, many have asked what started me on the road of studying India. The answer is the Mahabharata. I took a class on the epic in college, and I was hooked for life. #Mahabharata
What makes the Mahabharata so fascinating? A lot of things - It's a window into social, cultural, and religious practices ~2,000 years ago (roughly when it was written). It is almost unbelievably detailed and intricate. It's a profound meditation on moral questions. #Mahabharata
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