As many think that the battle of Kurukshetra was only fought for a personal reason that the five brothers took revenge for the humiliation they had. But people skip the fact that, when civilization comes under the rule of a totalitarian leadership devoid of cultural values and spiritual insight, the result would be drastic. The entire populace becomes depressed and unawakened though they possess bundles of information about this and that. But they forget the existence of God within Human beings. The same happened with Kurus then.
When we look at the valiant Kuru Lord, Son of Ganga, Bhishma; he’s strong, vital, knowledgeable. But he stood calm in the name of wisdom but put his virtue aside. It is said that people, when awakened, can govern themselves, which means, they can live without a King or a Government because they can be corrupted. So, when the great war of Kurukshetra was ended, a new generation emerged, and of course, no civilian was harmed as the code of combat was so strict that only the warriors messed up with the opponent warriors.
Well, when all was done, Kurus were defeated, Pandavas and Krishna ascended to higher planes, and the people in the Indian subcontinent began living a peaceful life. They’re now free people. No King. No government. Only people ruled themselves. For almost 7,000 years, they lived at peace. Evidence of this civilization can be found at the Indus Valley, and then at Odisha. Until the Mauryan conquest, there’s no king. Only people ruled themselves. The land was chiefly populated by skilled craftsmen, Brahmins, and Tribes. However, some righteous Rulers like Andhra Vishnu emerged, only to free people from encroach of Tyrants. If we take The Ram as an example, though he’s the world’s first known emperor, he didn’t rule people; he made them rule themselves by freeing them. And the same culture came into being after the Kurukshetra.
-Viswanath Venkat Dasari.