chapter  7
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Epilogue : The construction of the signifi cant past in the Hindi televisual Mahābhārat

In the following, I will present a brief analysis of the Hindi televisual Mahābhārat. This is intended to demonstrate the not inconsiderable role that the Mahābhārata plays in public imagination in contemporary South Asia. I will, fi rst of all, provide a little background on the Indian state television network, Doordarshan, to situate some of the comments that follow.