One day, Drona was out with his students practicing archery on the camp grounds. He sees a bird perched on a tree. Turn by turn, he asks each of his students to aim at the bird. When each student has latched his aim, Drona asks him, what he can see? Everybody in his turn, including […]
Such was Drona‘s affection for Arjuna that, he once demanded an upcoming an potential rival archer Ekalavya, who was a tribal boy, to cut off his right thumb as his teacher’s fee, just to ensure that, Arjuna, would remain the unvanquished one.
Drona, irked at the unknown youth, who he hasn’t coached, being as skillful as Arjuna, then played the caste card. He asked Karna, “Stop, listen, tell us, where do you come from?” “Who is your father?” “What does your family do?” “Are you a Kshatriya (the caste that the Pandavas and Kauravas belong) ?”