Now, before the war begins, Lord Krishna offers himself to the Pandavas and to the Kauravas, his Narayani Army.
Satyaki, values his association with Krishna and Arjuna and his belief in the Dharma of the Pandavas, more than the order of Lord Krishna, and jumps over to their side
Whereas, Satyaki defeats Karna, Almost defeats Drona, protects Yudhishtira and kills his arch enemy, Bhurisravas,
However, what separates them, is what happens on the last day. Kritavarma, obeying his commander Ashwatthama, is a party to the killing of all the other Pandava Warriors, in the way that went against the rules of war.
This obscures everything else that Kritavarma does in the war.
In many ways, we have both Satyaki and Kritavarma in our lives.
In life, we face different situations, where our sense of justice is tangential to what is said to be our duty at that point in time.
Whoever, in such circumstances, chooses to be a Satyaki, gets etched into history and wins the greater war
Kritavarmas, might win a battle or two, but nobody remembers them.