Itihaas

 

Synopsis:

 

Itihaas is the story of India's freedom struggle, from 1857-1947, based on facts and only facts. It unveils the false and concealed facts found in historical writing sponsored by the establishment. The play has been structured as a docu-drama, which is an entirely new genre in Hindi theatre writing. 

 

Some of the controversial facts/events portrayed in the play are: 

  • Even after the valor of India's first war of Independence (1857), the spark of patriotism could not be extinguished. It appeared as a "kuka" revolt in Punjab and rebellion of Vasudev Balvanth Phadke in Maharashtra that damaged the British empire.

  • The Congress party was established in 1885 by an Englishman named A.O. Hume to protect the interests of the British empire. The Congress aimed to divert the revolutionary ire against the British into the politics of elections. 

  • The participants in the first session of Congress, held in 1985, under the chairmanship of Dada Bhai Naoroji, concluded with three cheers - hip, hip, hurray - for the British empire. 

  • The two nation theory, on which India was partitioned into Pakistan and India, was originally conceived by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan.

  • Mahatma Gandhi had condemned Madan Lal Dingra, who had assassinated a British official, Curzon Wiley, in London, as a "murderer."

  • For Jinnah, the Congress party was a fascist organization of caste Hindus. Jinnah had also threatened that, if there was no partition of the country, there would be civil war. 

  • That Lady Edwina Mountbattan, wife of the last British viceroy in India, had innumerable affairs. The British government had planted her in India to entice Jawaharlal Nehru under its plan to divide the country. 

  • Jawarhalal Nehru agreed to the partition of the country and accepted "dominion" status instead of full freedom on the 15th of August, 1947, under the seduction of Edwina Mountbatten. 

  • Mahatma Gandhi, who had declared his opposition to the partition and said that the country could be partitioned only over his dead body, agreed to the partition, under the influence of Jawarhalal Nehru and appealed to the Congressman to accept partition at the All-India Congress Committee meeting, held on the 14th of June, 1946. 

 

 

Published by

Vani Prakashan, 21-A, Darayaganj, New Delhi 110002, vaniprakashan.com  

 

Copyright: 

D.P. Sinha, Somesh Ranjan, Pravin Bharti