Silence! The Court is in Session

by

Vijay Tendulkar

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A professional actor and member of the Living Courtroom. Although he joins in with Sukhatme, Mr. Kashikar, and Ponkshe in tormenting Benare, he seems to have less of a personal, emotional stake in the outcome of the trial, perhaps because he is less conservative politically than Kashikar or Sukhatme, who see the trial as a referendum on independent women.

Karnik Quotes in Silence! The Court is in Session

The Silence! The Court is in Session quotes below are all either spoken by Karnik or refer to Karnik. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of Silence! The Court is in Session published in 1996.
Act Two Quotes

I think he’s gone there, inside. I'll do it myself. [At a bound, goes and fetches the dictionary. Placing his hand on it] I, Raghunath Bhikaji Samant, do hereby swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. True enough for the trial, I mean. Of course, what’s true for the trial is quite false really. But I'm just taking the oath for practice. [His hand is stall on the dictionary.) You see, I don’t want the sin of falsehood. [In apologetic tones] I'm quite religious . . . The oath’s over. Now. [Enters the witness-box again.] Go on. [This is to Sukhatme; then, to Mrs Kashikar] You see? I'm not frightened. I just get confused because I’m new to all this. [To Sukhatme] Well, you may go on.

Related Characters: Samant (speaker), Benare, Ponkshe , Mr. Kashikar, Balu Rokde, Karnik, Professor Damle
Page Number: 89
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Act Three Quotes

KARNIK. For instance, the accused had attempted suicide once before.

SUKHATME [Radiant]. That’s the point! There is a precedent for the bottle of T1K-20.

KARNIK. I can’t say that exactly. I can only tell you what happened. My information is that the accused attempted suicide because of a disappointment in love. She fell in love at the age of fifteen, with her own maternal uncle! That’s what ended in disappointment.

MRS KASHIKAR [Totally floored]. Her uncle!

SUKHATME. Milord—her maternal uncle—her mother’s brother. What an immoral relationship!

KASHIKAR. In other words, just one step away from total depravity. Fine, Sukhatme, very fine!

SUKHATME. Milord, why do you say ‘fine’? The present conduct of the accused is totally licentious. We know that. But it now seems that her past, too, is smeared in sin. This shows it as clear as daylight.

Related Characters: Sukhatme (speaker), Mr. Kashikar (speaker), Mrs. Kashikar (speaker), Karnik (speaker), Benare, Benare’s Uncle
Page Number: 111
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Karnik Character Timeline in Silence! The Court is in Session

The timeline below shows where the character Karnik appears in Silence! The Court is in Session. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act One
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Karnik, an experimental theatre actor, enters. Sukhatme stands and asks Karnik if he thinks the room... (full context)
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Benare says if she were Karnik she’d buy his wife daily garlands. Sukhatme enters the conversation, and tells Benare that she... (full context)
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Karnik, Kashikar, and Sukhatme consider the organization of the courtroom. Karnik points out where “President Johnson”... (full context)
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Mr. Kashikar and Mrs. Kashikar, Sukhatme, and Karnik discuss Damle. Kashikar is worried but Sukhatme insists he’ll be able to figure out a... (full context)
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...witness, has the flu and must be replaced. Rokde begs to play the role but Karnik and Kashikar shoot him down, forcing him to stick to his current minor role as... (full context)
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...suggests creating a new, imaginary case to pass time and teach Samant about the court. Karnik says this is called “a Visual Enactment,” but Sukhatme doesn’t understand giving a complicated name... (full context)
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...pan. Benare leaves to room to wash her face and freshen up. While she’s gone Karnik, Sukhatme, Ponkshe, and Kashikar decide to keep the same cast as before but find a... (full context)
Act Two
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Hearing Benare laugh, Samant wonders if he’s missed a joke and Karnik explains Benare has been charged with infanticide. Samant doesn’t know the word and Karnik explains.... (full context)
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...when he denies her request. Kashikar reprimands her for “obstructing the due process of law.” Karnik urges her to be serious so Samant can better understand the court. Sukhatme adds they... (full context)
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Kashikar returns, and although Benare jokes about leaving herself, and Karnik seems fed up, Kashikar insists they continue. Sukhatme resumes his questioning. Ponkshe says sometimes Benare’s... (full context)
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Karnik explains he knows Benare through their theatre troop. Sukhatme wonders what descriptions of mothers are... (full context)
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Sukhatme notes Karnik is in “form today.” Kashikar agrees but asks Karnik to give straight answers and save... (full context)
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Karnik then reveals that although he has not seen Benare in a “compromising situation,” Rokde has.... (full context)
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...most exemplary manner.” Kashikar wonders how Benare’s conduct with other men this is relevant, but Karnik and Ponkshe insist Sukhatme continue on arguing it is “just a rehearsal,” and only a... (full context)
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...at Damle’s home. Samant pushes back that he wasn’t there and had never met Damle. Karnik points out that “the crime itself is imaginary,” and Ponkshe adds, “only the accused is... (full context)
Act Three
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...he thinks that Rokde and Mrs. Kashikar are having an affair. Mrs. Kashikar is offended. Karnik is offended that Benare did not say anything against him. (full context)
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...He suspects that after failing to convince Ponkshe to marry her, Benare turned to Rokde. Karnik asks to be called to the stand. He reveals that he saw Benare and Rokde’s... (full context)
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Karnik has more evidence to share. He knows one of Benare’s cousins, who revealed that Benare... (full context)
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...he has no evidence. Benare, in the dock, brings a bottle to her lips but Karnik bats it away. Ponkshe picks it up, and sees it is TIK-20. Sukhatme rests the... (full context)