A Study of Socio-Political Manipulation in Bhisham Sahni’s Tamas

Document Type : Original Article


1 Vels Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies, Chennai, India.

2 Department of English, Vels Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies, Chennai,India.


Ernest Benn said that “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” As the lines suggested, Tamas elucidates the tragic politics behind communal riots by generating a false violation. The notable themes of Tamas include institutional violence, religious identity, communal politics and female-centric assaults. This novel addresses the outcome of institutionalised violence and imposed ethnic conflict. The objective of the paper is to analyse socio-political manipulation and communal clashes in Tamas. This paper brings out the intrinsic interrelationship among religion, power, politics, socio-economic class, communal division and so on because one cannot exist without the other. It further discusses the causes and consequences of manipulation and how it spreads deep into a system by corrupting the entire country. This article's objective is to bring out the negativity of the manipulative system and its impact on the livelihood of common people.