By Dharamvir Bharati, Alok Bhalla (Trans.)
It is a translation of Dharamvir Bharati's Andha Yug (1953), some of the most major performs of recent India. Written instantly after the partition of the Indian subcontinent, the play is a profound meditation at the politics of violence and competitive selfhood. The motion of the play occurs at the final day of the Mahabharata conflict and is concentrated on a couple of bewildered survivors of the Kaurava extended family. The ramparts are in ruins, town is burning, and Kurukshetra is roofed with corpses and vultures. The surviving Kauravas are beaten by way of grief and rage. They lengthy for one final act of revenge opposed to the Pandavas. this is the reason while Ashwatthama releases the final word weapon, the brahmastra, which threatens to annihilate the area, they do not want to sentence it as ethically reprehensible.
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Ashwatthama What should I do? I don’t think it is a sin to kill. I am now obsessed with killing. As I struggled with him I felt strangely calm. I was no longer a snarling beast. I felt utterly detached. Andha Yug 33 kripacharya To Ashwatthama. Close your eyes for a while. Sleep. Duryodhana has ordered us to rest today. We shall see what the Pandavas do tomorrow and then decide. Come, turn over and rest for some time. To Kritavarma. He is asleep. kritavarma Mockingly. Asleep?! We call ourselves soldiers!
Guard 1 We never experienced any sorrow. guard 2 Nor felt any pain. guard 1 We spent our desolate lives in these desolate corridors. guard 2 Because we were only slaves. guard 1 We merely followed the orders of a blind king. guard 2 We had no opinions of our own. We made no choices. guard 1 That is why from the beginning we have paced these desolate corridors from right to left and then from left to right without any meaning without any purpose. guard 2 Even after death we shall pace the desolate corridors of death’s kingdom from right to left and then from left to right.
Vidura Gandhari! This does not become you! Gandhari keeps walking. Guard 2 follows her. yuyutsu Why did my mother do that Vidura? Why did she do that? He sits down with his head lowered in his hands. It would have been better if I had Andha Yug 43 accepted the untruth. vidura That would have been no solution to the problem! If you had accepted the untruth your soul would have been scarred irredeemably. yuyutsu As if my mother’s curse and the people’s hate will save me from damnation! In the final analysis whether you uphold truth or untruth you are damned.