Let us move on to next generation, and this generation had had the main role in shaping the future events in the then world, and also in the First World War, the Mahabharat. Dhritrashtra is the elder brother, and he is blind from birth, Pandu, the younger brother, and Vidur the son of Dasi(servant), though it was accepted that he is related with the family. Who should ascend the throne was discussed thoroughly, and ultimately it was decided that Pandu should ascend the throne. Dhritrashtra, the eldest was made to suppress his ambition to ascend the throne, and Pandu became the king of Hastinapur.
As said earlier there was serious shortage of females, and for that reason Bhishm used his Royal influence to secure for Dhritrashtra, Gandhari the daughter of the King of Gandhar, and as he was powerful no one dared to refute or object to his suggestion in the Gandhar kingdom, except Shakuni, the brother of Gandhari and Prince of Gandhar. His objection, too, was muted. Gandhar is a part of present Afghanistan and then the whole Afghanistan was called Gandhar region.
After marriage the life was moving fairly smoothly, except that both Dhritrashtra and Pandu did not have any children. Bhishm also arranged for King Pandu, the sister of Shalya, King of Madr, Princess Madri. To accept this proposal King Shalya demanded and received huge sum of money from Bhishm. Needless to say Queen Madri was extremely beautiful.