By Nandi Bhatia

Regardless of its significance to literary and cultural texts of resistance, theater has been mostly missed as a box of research in colonial and postcolonial experiences. Acts of Authority/Acts of Resistance seeks to deal with that absence, because it uniquely perspectives drama and function as important to the perform of nationalism and anti-colonial resistance.Nandi Bhatia argues that Indian theater used to be an important strength within the fight opposed to oppressive colonial and postcolonial constructions, because it sought to undo quite a few schemes of political and cultural energy via its engagement with topics derived from mythology, historical past, and on hand colonial versions similar to Shakespeare. Bhatia's awareness to neighborhood histories inside a postcolonial framework locations functionality in an international and transcultural context. Drawing connections among artwork and politics, among functionality and daily adventure, Bhatia indicates how functionality frequently intervened in political debates or even replaced the process politics.One of the 1st Western experiences of Indian theater to hyperlink the aesthetics and the politics of that theater, Acts of Authority/Acts of Resistance combines in-depth archival examine with shut readings of dramatic texts played at serious moments in historical past. each one bankruptcy amplifies its topics opposed to the backdrop of particular social stipulations because it examines specific dramatic productions, from The Indigo reflect to variations of Shakespeare performs via Indian theater businesses, illustrating the function of theater in bringing nationalist, anticolonial, and gendered struggles into the general public sphere.Nandi Bhatia is affiliate Professor of English on the college of Western Ontario. 

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90 Lord Dalhousie , governor-general of lndia from 1 84 7 to 1 8 5 6 , who postulated that "we are lords paramount and our policy is to acquire as direct a dominion over the 7 , 1 7,000 sq. miles still possessed by the native princes as we already have over the other half of India , " aggressively pur­ sued the policy of annexation through his "Doctrine of Lapse . " 9 1 Even though in 1 802 Anand Rao Gaekwar had concluded a subsidiary treaty with the British, until 1 8 75 Baroda was not under the direct jurisdiction of the British.

55 The Englishman charged the Government of "disseminating the grossest libels upon Mofussil Europeans , male and female , and reiterat­ ing incendiary charges against indigo planters as a class . " 56 For circulating Nil Darpan, the planters required complete vindication for the conduct of Seton-Karr and the lieutenant-governor, Grant. These officials became the target of the planters' attacks primarily because of their repeated interference in magisterial offices in the indigo districts of Nuddea and jessore , especially after the indigo rebellion.

So even as it criticized the planters , the play apparently endorsed the imperial government's " civilizing mission. " Moreover , a s Guha asserts , Nil Darpan, t o begin with, was a n obscure play by a relatively unknown writer. It was published for the first time in 1 8 6 1 in Dacca , far from the metropolis . And in terms of its artistic merit, it received an unenthusiastic response from contemporary writers such as Dwarkanath Vidyabhushan and Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay. In terms of information, points out Guha , there was nothing that was not known to the Calcutta intelligentsia.

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