“I shall be alive in the grave and what is more, speaking from it”
The essence of the above quoted is very much the central idea of Vizai’s play The Return of Gandhi. The play aptly attacks the rot in present day political system. The play has won Nandi Award in 2002 given by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in the Best Drama category. This Play has been written well before the most popular hit movies in Hindi as Lage raho Munnabhai and in Telugu Sankardada MBBS were made on the re-arrival of Gandhi to Earth. Yama Dharma Raju….. Hell…… Gandhiji’s arrival to Hell on an invitation….. Happy mood in Hell because of Gandhiji’s entry… Chitragupta’s allegation (with a fear) on Gandhi as a sinner…. Yama Dharma Raju’s unwillingness to convict Gandhiji….. Chitra Gupta’s reiteration of promoting Gandhi as a sinner because he who is held responsible in bringing freedom to an immature nation…. as
The Languishing race in feudal society for ages marked with hero worship and dynastic adulation, understands only dependence — not independence. The gullible masses who were divided by caste and religion cannot appreciate the principles of equality. The people at large were illiterate, ignorant and innocent. The few educated were careless and irresponsible. The selfish and immoral rulers always indulged in power-game, encouraged factions, and further divided the people in the name of language, region, culture and the like. What kind of rule can the country expect from such rulers? The nation at large was thrown into a vicious circle. Giving independence to such people and power to such leaders naturally prov...
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...Earthquake victims is presented effectively on the stage. The murder of the leader who has put this hundi and convicting this offense on Gandhi is a crucial turn in the play. Gandhi introducing himself and promoting his own ideals and presenting his inner conscience to the present day pubic is crucial in the play. Actually, the playwright makes all to envisage, the situation would be like this if Gandhi really comes to earth now. This may be an outstanding experimentation of the very idea of many to expect a savior like Gandhi to come to guide the present generation. By translating this play into several languages he succeeded in influencing many.
1. M.K. Gandhi, Harijan 1947, August 17th Vol 89
2. Vizai Bhaskar, Spring Thunder (An Anthology of Dramas), Indo American Books, Delhi, 2012 P21-22
3. Life Positive, October, 2012 P 70 www.ghandhi.indd
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