The Gentle Zephyr

Captures the intricate problems that beset the Mughal dynasty. An attempt to understand the concept of India we cherish, but often take for granted.
Sons Of Babur: A Play In Search Of India
By Salman Khurshid
Rupa Pages. 144; Rs. 295
Salman Khurshid represents a prominent face of modern Indian Muslims in their search of an identity in contemporary social life and politics. As a grandson of Zakir Hussain, he is heir to a valued legacy of striving for modern and mainstream education for Indian Muslims. Very few are aware that Zakir Hussain tried in his own modest way through his educational movement to prevent the establishment of a separate state of Pakistan. On the occasion of the silver jubilee of the Jamia Millia Islamia in 1945, he invited both Nehru and Jinnah as a last-ditch effort. Jinnah’s speech on that occasion is unfortunately lost.

In this debut play, Khurshid captures the intricate problems that beset the Mughal dynasty and expressed by the protagonist, Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal emperor, both a product and a victim of those very problems. It is also an attempt to understand the concept of India we cherish, but often take for granted.

As the plot progresses, the reader realises that India would not have been what it is but for the Great Mughals. The young historian in the play, Rudranshu Mitra, is obsessed with Zafar. To him, the last emperor is a symbolic link of India’s troubled past with its promising future. The play moves back and forth in time. Through his many excursions into Mughal and early British Indian history, Rudranshu helps us see this land as an assimilation of cultures.

READ MORE IN:
Next Story : Culture Shock
Download the Outlook ​Magazines App. Six magazines, wherever you go! Play Store and App Store

Post a Comment

You are not logged in, please Log in or Register
  • Daily Mail
THE LATEST ISSUE
CLICK IMAGE FOR CONTENTS
REVIEW
Excerpt
The railway strike of 1974 raised hopes by championing solidarity. Yet, as hundreds were hit in the reprisals, its leaders helplessly let the initiative pass.
MAGAZINE February 23, 2017
Review
From being the West’s trusted ally, Pakistan is now condemned for its duplicitous state policy. This book looks at its recent, tangled history.
MAGAZINE February 23, 2017
Review
The irrepressible Kohli and BCCI reforms may have pole positions, but the Wisden India Almanack is crammed with tasty cricketing treats
MAGAZINE February 23, 2017
Review
The timeless hills, the brooks and forests, the creatures that inhabit them and the small stories of innocents among them carry a whiff of old India
MAGAZINE February 16, 2017
Review
Setalvad’s indefatigable fight for justice for the victims of communal riots takes precedence in this memoir over her personal life
MAGAZINE February 16, 2017
read more>>>
Advertisement

OUTLOOK TOPICS :

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

or just type initial letters