Constructing Indigenous Oppression and Resistance in Tendulkar’s Encounter in Umbugland
Vijay Tendulkar’s dramatic piece which was translated by Priya Adarkar to English as Encounter in Umbugland and originally written in Marathi with the title Dambadwipcha Mukabala (1968), is a political allegory that highlights the internal strife within the then ruling Congress party following the death of the late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. The plot of the play which centres on the struggle for power and authority between Princess Vijaya and the cabinet ministers reflects in the truest sense the kind of challenge and opposition that Indira Gandhi had to face before her ultimate rise to power. While it may be true that after reading or witnessing the play being staged, one would definitely conclude that the concept of gender power struggle seems to be the dominating subject matter, yet Tendulkar through his dramatic abilities has managed to highlight another very important issue which is relevant even today.
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