About Mythical Surrender
In human history, during war and armed conflict situations the victorious party often raped women of the vanquished party and it was performed as routine-work rather than an exception. In a predominantly male-dominated society women are raped for all kinds of reasons at all times during war or not. Rape is used as a strategy to destroy the morale of the enemy.
The play is constructed upon the backdrop of military combing operations conducted as counter insurgency measures in the NE region of India. The playwright tries to express the existing situation by using covert and symbolic theatrical gestures.
The story is about one woman, Shanarei, who was raped by a serpentÂ like human. Such a heinous act left an agonizing, oppressive and everlasting memory in her life. When the child born out of this unholy alliance grew up it used to adopt the serpentine manners of the rapist. Unable to bear any longer, the mother killed the son to save the future of her society. Yet, she was crying and howling incessantly up to the last lines of the play Oh, my dear son, my precious but the son of the enemy!