PDF | Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq is a representation of one of the most important but nevertheless neglected periods of Indian history, the reign of. Tughlaq: Girish Karnad: Karnad’s next play, Tughlaq (), tells the story of the 14th-century sultan Muḥammad ibn Tughluq and remains among the best. Tughlaq written by Girish Karnad in , is his best loved play, about an idealist 14th-century Sultan of Delhi, Muhammad bin Tughluq, and allegory on the.
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Return to Book Page. Tughlaq written by Girish Karnad inis his best loved play, about an idealist 14th-century Sultan of Delhi, Muhammad bin Tughluq, and allegory on the Nehruvian era which started with ambitious idealism and ended up in disillusionment.
Paperback96 pages. Published October 12th by Oxford University Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Myn Singson One of the critical issues that Karnad addresses in Tulghlaq is the striking gap between political aspirations and its reality. Karnad understands …more One of the critical issues that Karnad addresses in Tulghlaq is the striking gap between political aspirations and its reality.
Karnad understands this about the historical conditions that surround Tulghlaq, himself: When I read about Mohammed bin Tughlaq, I was fascinated. How marvelous this was, I thought. Tughlaq was a brilliant individual yet is regarded as one of the biggest failures. He tried to introduce policies that seemed today to be farsighted to the point of genius, but which earned him the nick name “Mohammed the mad” then. He ended his career in bloodshed and chaos.
This is seen in different aspects throughout his Tughlaq’s characterization. Karnad renders a vision where the reality and aspirations collide. How this plays out in the mind of the political ruler becomes one of the central issues of the drama. As the drama opens, Tughlaq implores his subjects to observe a social setting in “without any consideration of might or weakness, religion or creed.
Such a depiction shows how difficult political authority is. It is one that compels authentically transformative leaders to risk much in order to challenge an existing system that goes against their vision. Karnad’s depiction of Tughlaq as one who sought to put aside religious differences in the hopes of embracing secularism is a powerful issue in the drama. The ability to strive to put forth a vision of what can be amidst a setting that is hopelessly immersed in a reality of what is.
Tulghlaq states early on that he wishes to see unity between Hindus and Muslims as a significant part of his vision: It is because of such a condition that Karnad suggests Tulghlaq is seen as a failure.
Tughlaq A Play In Thirteen Scenes by Girish Karnad
This dynamic is significant when set against the condition gughlaq which Karnad writes the drama. InIndia had been less than two decades removed from Partition and Independence.
The result was a nation where direction and transformative vision was hard to establish. A nation born from Gandhian principles was still hopelessly locked in sectarian violence and communal hatred, the very elements that Karnad’s Tulghlawq desires to overcome in the drama. The theme of political aspiration being limited by temporal reality is a significant one in both the drama and the historical condition in which it is written. Tulghaq’s initial judgment rendered upon a Brahmin that he “should receive a grant of five hundred silver dinars from the state treasury… and in addition to that…a post in the civil service to ensure him a regular and adequate income” is a reflection of how a transformative political vision might not necessarily be received well by the public.
This theme of political transformation stumped in the face of temporal reality is a significant part of the drama. It is reflective of the India that Karnad hughlaq in front of him, a stunning realization between the gulf between what is and what can be. The chaos and fragmentation that results out of a vision steeped in genius and transformation becomes a part of both the ruler’s narrative and the nation’s history.
Lists with Girisu Book. The first thought that crossed my mind while reading this play was: Yet this was written inright after the Nehru era, when even the dictatorial Indira Gandhi was very much in the future. Talk about girizh eternal relevance of good literatur The first thought that crossed my mind while reading this play was: Talk about the eternal relevance of good literature! He is often commemorated by historians as the Mad King, for going off the reservation with a series of failed uncanny governance ideas.
Major blunder being the immediate transfer of capital city from Delhi to Dauladvad Devgiri and then back again to Delhi. That particular plot is captured in this satirical play by Girish Karnadwhom a local yokel like me might karnadd i Pardon my reference, but If one consider the mighty Delhi Sultanate as Hollywood, Mohammad Tughlaq would be its Nicholas Cage.
That particular plot is captured in this satirical play by Girish Karnadwhom a local yokel like me might easily identify, with some obvious google help, as the grumpy old government man from Bollywood movies. If you approach the story with its allegorical political meaning, this historical excerpt and its great yet ambiguous King would feel very contemporary.
I think the relevance is even better now. The significance of which could be better understood by gazing backwards at the successful resistance Khilji girisj against Mongolsfar before the Lodhis and Mughalskeeping India immune to foreign invasion, for once in its long history. The mad King also tried in vain to replace silver based Indian economy with copper coins.
Also he was an extremist of Islam inducing forced conversions and jizyaeven in the underprivileged who were usually exempted off it, all of which overshadows the greatness he achieved prior. Anyway the play is total fun, if you are a history buff or a scholar tormented to read tughpaq as part of curriculum or none of it. And as Tughlaw publish this right now, another ridiculous Tughlaq Darbar is being orchestrated in Karnataka Parliament by majoritarian and coalition politics that might hopefully reach a clincher by today evening.
This is an old review that I wrote last year. I think it is now safe to describe Demonetization as a doing of Tughlaq Darbar with proof.
Jul 26, Shriya rated it really liked it Recommended to Shriya by: I am not surprised that Tughlaq is one of the best loved plays of Girish Karnad. Despite being a translation, it’s well written and captures the details of politics and diplomacy with an ease no other author could have managed.
Tughlaq | play by Karnad |
Karnad shows the evolution of Tughlaq from an idealist to a tyrant lusty for power and fame, something anyone, any Indian for that matter can relate to easily especially people who are familiar with the Nehruvian Era of Indian politics.
Though according to most people I yughlaq not surprised that Tughlaq is one of the best loved plays of Girish Karnad. Though according to most people, Tughlaq essentially is an allegory for Jawaharlal Nehru’s tenure as the Prime Minister, I personally feel, the play can be easily associated with Karnsd Gandhi whose idealism and eventual tyranny was in no way different from Muhammad Tughlaq’s.
The character of Aziz can be, more or less, associated with Jarnail Bhindranwale, who just like in the case of Indira Gandhi, was a result of Tughlaq’s own ambitious schemes to retain power. Reading Tughlaq was both enjoyable and enlightening for me as I could chalk out many similarities that the play resembles to the modern Indian politic scenario as well.
The language was fluid, simple and yet powerful but something about it does not make it a very fast-paced and engrossing read at least upto the first thirty pages.
Tughlaq, Second Edition
Nevertheless, Tughlaq is one play which is sure to leave an imprint upon the Indian English Literature. Sep 25, Gorab Jain rated it really liked it Shelves: Having seen and loved some of Girish Karnad’s movies, I came to know about his plays while playing Secret Santa inbrowsing through some wishlists.
Only recently I got hold of the English translated play and decided to quench my curiosity. The play grips you right from Scene 1. And as the political plot thickens, we get to see the emerging definition of “idealism” from the emperor’s point of view.
Tughlaq A Play In Thirteen Scenes
Much of the situations and political games hold true till date. It is with plays like these that I get reminded of the notion of “history repeats itself”. Will look out for watching this in a live theatre sometime.
Nov 26, Arvind rated it really liked it Shelves: Tuvhlaq later thru my fav columnist Jay Vasavada Gujarati newspaperI came to know that he is one our best modern playwrights. Firstly, the play is clever and enjoyable. There is not a single dull moment. However, read it slowly to enjoy it fully. Also there r no meaningless sentences which may have deep meanings karjad t 4. Also there r no meaningless sentences which may have deep meanings in their th layer. Very very well crafted. Tughlaq and his era r brought to life without bring apologist or judgemental.
And the ultimate test – when it ends u wish Karnad had written a longer book. Look forward to a movie adaptation or a live performance some day. Shouldnt have rated this book but couldnt resist it. View all 4 comments. Feb 27, Malika rated ggirish really liked it Shelves: Muhammad bin Tughlaq is a complex character and I think many young adults who are full of idealism should be able to identify with him.
After reading this story my opinion is that we idealists must learn to detach oneself from one’s job especially when one is in a field like administration because very few people would agree to one’s ethics and principles. Those who choose the latte Muhammad bin Tughlaq is a complex character and I think many young adults who are full of idealism should be able to identify with him. Those who tufhlaq the latter are in a minority and may be at the receiving end of things but are at peace with themselves in my opinion while the former are torn by guilt and constantly restless.
Many dictators started with a vision of creating a better world. But this personal involvement drives us to do actions which are cruel or unethical. Rather than aiming to set it all right, its better to take little steps at a time. I think I’ll need to read this book several times before I can uncover the various layers of meaning the play has. Jan 22, Divya is currently reading it. Jan tughalq, Tikuli rated it really hughlaq it.
Even in ggirish the play is flawless.