Women as Spoils of War

M G Singh By M G Singh, 3rd Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Women have been coveted for centuries and that has not changed

A Victors Prize

History recounts the great conquerors for almost 4000 years. The Mahabharata and the Ramayana recount the heroic deeds of the great warriors, so do the Iliad and other western chronicles. The great warriors like Alexander and Chengiz Khan won many battles and they had an undercurrent of invincibility. But along with this is another current that flows along side these warriors and this is the possession of women. Thus in all battles the great conquerors took women as spoils of war. Perhaps they got the same amount of exhilaration after winning a battle as they went about the physical conquest of the women.
Even the Lord Krishna carried away the Princess Rukamani, after a fierce battle. He routed all the warriors as he made away with Rukamani. Prince Paris of Troy carried away the beautiful queen Helen, and launched a war. Did he regret it ? Perhaps not, as the desire to win over Helen overshadowed everything else..
Some of these thoughts are in my mind and I thought it best to share them with my readers. Love is certainly an ingredient, but the physical conquest of a woman is perhaps akin to a victory in battle, where the clashing swords and the guns create smoke and a surreal atmosphere.After the din of battle there is the woman and she also forms part of this scenario.
But, what about the common man? Is he also prey to these thoughts. I am afraid this is so and the great captains of Industry and the lowly worker in their own way do follow the path laid down by the conquerors of yore. Victories over a woman will give immense satisfaction to a man. The ancients applied coercion, but that is anathema now and as such the challenge is greater now for women are no longer spoils of war, but need wooing and winning over. Man can certainly adapt himself to this change as it is part of the theory of evolution.
The bottom line however remains and that is that for a man a conquest of a woman certainly has a meaning. Perhaps in their secret desires every man would like to be a Don Juan. Nothing wrong with it, so long as the game is played by the rules. No force no abduction, no coercion. But all this was part of life in the good old age. Remember Timur the warrior after the sack of Delhi took 2000 Hindu girls as part of his harem. No choice was involved there. No choice was also involved when when the Mughul rulers summoned Rajput princesses as part of their harem. More later the Japanese during the thirties of the last century,in the rape of Nanking did much more. it was horrendous.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna-Anisha Achankunju
4th Feb 2012 (#)

What is not yours is always what is coveted to get as that gives the intrigue to own... Its Human Nature.
Many a times people love what they get, especially woman, but when they are someone else's spouse, one can never ever claim them to be your own as their heart is somewhere else.
Yes, you can use their body but you never ever get their soul which means they are never soulfully true to you or your own. It comes under slavery of usage but at the same time they are carried off just to spite the king who lost the battle.
That is the main reason why Johar existed in India to prevent this from happening and the age old tradition of the chastity belt was used.
Some women just like to be swept off their feet despite being married too in all fairness.

Women as spoils of War does mean that there is a crime of rape that is taking place which does incite another war for the husband to get them back or worse still these women commit suicide because of the torture while still others were adjust to the whole lifestyle.
It all boils down to the respect and love both parties have for their spouse. If a man loves/respects his wife he would never set his eyes on another woman and same with a woman if she/loves and respects her husband she would never let any other man touch her inappropriately. Unless she is out of the previous relationship and is ready to start anew again.

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author avatar M G Singh
4th Feb 2012 (#)

A sensitive comment

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna-Anisha Achankunju
4th Feb 2012 (#)

I no longer write here my website is coming up on 6th February 2012 on the interim...

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna-Anisha Achankunju
4th Feb 2012 (#)

www.anishaachan.com

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author avatar M G Singh
4th Feb 2012 (#)

Will follow you lady Aiyanna !

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Feb 2012 (#)

Thought provoking piece, Madan. In the animal world, we see lions killing the offsprings of others and taking over a harem of lionesses. The old male lion is chased away and left to fend for itself as it happens, sometimes, with our species too! We do have some animal instints in us, but we are getting better at least in some aspects! siva

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author avatar M G Singh
4th Feb 2012 (#)

ThNk you Siva for your comment

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author avatar Sheila Newton
4th Feb 2012 (#)

What a brilliant slant for an article. Great stuff, my friend.

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author avatar M G Singh
5th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Sheila

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
5th Feb 2012 (#)

THOUGHTFUL ARTICLE.

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author avatar M G Singh
5th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Neeraj

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