This is first time that English translation with Sanskrit text is being publishe3d. The translation is based on M.N. Dutta which is very lucid and accurate according to the Sanskrit text. It was translated according to that time available text of Kolkata edition.
The Mahabharata is a curious mixture of history and mythology, though the former aspect is the subject of grave doubts in the minds of the professional historians. This is called the fifth Veda and it is universally acknowledged to be of pre-eminent importance. It extols its greatness itself in the following words: “yad ihasti tad anyatra yan nehasti na tat kvacit” (whatever is here is also elsehwere; whatever is not here is extant nowhere).