Silence The Court Is In Session
What is the theme of Silence The Court Is In Session?
The original title of the play is SHANTATA! COURT CHALU AHE. The words of the title are very common in law courts where the honourable judges pronounce the words to bring back order and decorum if the parties concerned or the mob present in the court become unruly or create chaos and commotion. In other words the very words SILENCE THE COURT IS IN SESSION indicate the absolute authority of the judge in the court room to decide upon the manners of others. The judge has also the final authority to pronounce contempt of court in case of breach of discipline. In a civilized society the court system is in vogue for the sake of justice. The judiciary is considered to be one of the four main pillars of democracy.
The Title Of Vijay Tendulkar's Silence The Court Is In Session
Silence the court is in session was the first major play by Tendulkar which lodged a fierce attack on the ideology of glorification of motherhood. It also laid bare the sexual politics in patriarchal norms of family and gender relations. Miss Benare, the school teacher is a political subject in that she fiercely claims her independence as a person. It is this spirit of individualism in Benare that leads her to take a bold step of getting pregnant with the man she loves. Of course, it did not deal only with the theme of motherhood but it also exposes the asymmetrical relationship of power between husband and wife in married life and also between married women and unmarried women. Mr. Kashikar’s relation with Mrs. Kashikar in the play brings out the humiliation of the typical Hindu Brahmin wife in the idolized family. It also satirizes the respectable façade of middle class men such as Kashikar, Sukhatme, Ponkshe, and Karnik. It also satirizes the value they profess. They preach the sanctity of motherhood but show absolutely no compunctions in asking Benare to destroy the foetus in her womb. So it is a play that ruthlessly exposes the lust latent in the minds of so called gentlemen.