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Volume 2 Issue 11

October 2016

Girish Karnad’s The Dreams of Tipu Sultan: Subaltern Historiography
Dr. M. Sikkandar Basha, 
Associate Professor, 
Department of English, 
Khadir Mohideen College, 
Adirampattinam, Thanjavur Dt., Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. A. Mohamed Mohideen, 
Associate Professor & Head, 
Department of English, 
Khadir Mohideen College, 
Adirampattinam, Thanjavur Dt., Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
The aim of the paper is to highlight how Girish Karnad raises several questions: regarding the clichéd British colonial statecraft of chicanery and divide and rule; the short-sightedness of Maratha tactics; Tipu’s lack of killer instinct and so on, but never imposes his own conclusions. He leaves many tantalizing loose ends so that the reader or the viewer can draw his own. He weaves historical facts regarding Tipu’s progressive statecraft effortlessly into the dialogue. In this play Tipu Sultan is shown to be in the habit of dreaming and recording his dreams in a dairy. By dreams are meant the ambitious that Tipu has about India’s future. The pity is that none of his dreams are fulfilled. The English wreck all his grandiose dreams.
Keywords
British; Tipu Sultan; Colonialism; Dream; History; Patriotism.
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