Essay on The Subaltern Turn: Rereading Grirish Karnad’s Tughlaq

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“As we grow older as a race, we grow aware that history is written, that it is a kind of literature without morality. That in its actuaries the ego of the race is indissoluble and that everything depends on whether we write this fiction through the memory of hero or of victim.”Derek Walcot (The Postcolonial Studies Reader 371)
After Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978); a new milestone in the history of literacy criticism that heralded the postcolonial school of criticism many revisionist approaches emanated to question the self proclaimed ‘truths’ and ‘facts’ and the story behind the histories with an aim to discover the other side of the coin. The Subaltern Studies Group founded in 1982 is another name of such emerging schools which seeks
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“As we grow older as a race, we grow aware that history is written, that it is a kind of literature without morality. That in its actuaries the ego of the race is indissoluble and that everything depends on whether we write this fiction through the memory of hero or of victim.”Derek Walcot (The Postcolonial Studies Reader 371)
After Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978); a new milestone in the history of literacy criticism that heralded the postcolonial school of criticism many revisionist approaches emanated to question the self proclaimed ‘truths’ and ‘facts’ and the story behind the histories with an aim to discover the other side of the coin. The Subaltern Studies Group founded in 1982 is another name of such emerging schools which seeks to develop a new critique of colonialist and nationalist perspectives in the historiography of colonized countries. This paper concerns itself with one of the most influential playwrights of our time, Girish Karnad and his seminal play Tughlaq which has gained high critical acclaim for its multiple layers of meaning and significance. Time and again critics have explored post colonial political perspectives in the play. However, the objective of my paper is to establish a subaltern turn in the same.
At the very outset it needs to be emphasized that consciously or unconsciously Girish Karnad does not share the political goal of the Subaltern Collective nor do we find intertextual elements in either of them. Notwithstanding that it will be
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