Did Arjuna Win The War By Deceit?

A  friend was drawing comparisons between the Ramayana and Mahabharata wars saying that Rama did not use any means of deceit to defeat Ravana, and that He fought and won the war by fair means. The Pandavas, however, won the war on the basis of deceit. Could you help me understand how to answer this?

I understand your dilemma. I was saved from these problems when I discovered a book on Maha-bharata written by the great Madhvacarya. In that book he clearly says that the Sanskrit text of Maha-bharata that we have now is “thoroughly corrupted by interpolations, extrapolations, and transpositions of text.” Did Arjuna Win The War By Deceit?