287 chapter (overall). Ch 62 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 287 (overall), chapter 62 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Dyuta Parva: 27th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata), translated by Bibek Debroy)
Direct YouTube link to Ch 287: http://www.youtube.com/embed/5Lv13QCSgvY
This chapter contains Droupadi lament at being insulted so by the Kauravas, and asks the entire assembly of elders and kings,
"Have I been won or have I not been won?"Bhishma's answer is a study in prevarication. He says, "I am incapable of answering your question certainly. The issue is subtle, deep, complicated and important." And, like everyone else, he too puts the ball firmly in Yudhishtra's court.
"It is my view that Yudhishtra is the supreme authority on the question. He should himself say whether you have been won or have not been won."Yudhishtra's continued and studied silence is deafening.
Duryodhana goes one step further, and indeed, wants the question to be answered by the Pandava himself. Such is the quandary that Yudhishtra is in, that either way, in Duryodhana's words, "They must establish Dharmaraja as a liar." If Yudhishtra was not the lord of his brothers, he had no business staking them.
I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
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