Silence! The Court is in Session

by

Vijay Tendulkar

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Mrs. Kashikar Character Analysis

The wife of Mr. Kashikar and a supporting member of the Living Courtroom. Although critical like her husband, Mrs, Kashikar has to endure near constant verbal abuse from Kashikar, who publically mocks and chastises her for essentially everything she does or says. Benare and others gossip that Mrs. Kashikar desperately wanted children but was unable to conceive, and so her and Kashikar’s ward, Rokde, acts as a kind of surrogate child, although he doubles as their servant, and Mrs. Kashikar seems to take out much of her aggression on him.

Mrs. Kashikar Quotes in Silence! The Court is in Session

The Silence! The Court is in Session quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Kashikar or refer to Mrs. Kashikar. 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 One Quotes

BENARE. But Samant, ‘spreading enlightenment is also one of the Prime Objectives behind our programme’. So our chairman Kashikar will tell you. Kashikar can’t take a step without a Prime Objective! Besides him, there’s Mrs Hand-that- Rocks-the-Cradle. I mean Mrs Kashikar. What an excellent housewife the poor woman is! A real Hand-that-Rocks-the- Cradle type! But what’s the use? Mr Prime Objective is tied up with uplifting the masses. And poor Hand-that-Rocks-the- Cradle has no cradle to rock!

SAMANT. You mean they have no—[He rocks an imaginary baby in his arms.]

BENARE. Right. You seem to be very bright, too! Mr Kashikar and the Hand-that-Rocks-the-Cradle, in order that nothing should happen to either of them in their bare, bare house—and that they shouldn’t die of boredom!—gave shelter to a young boy. They educated him. Made him toil away. Made a slave out of him. His name’s Balu—Balu Rokde. Who else? . . . Well, we have an Expert on the Law. He’s such an authority on the subject, even a desperate client won't go anywhere near him! He just sits alone in the barristers’ room at court, swatting flies with legal precedents! And in his tenement, he sits alone killing houseflies! But for today’s mock trial, he’s a very great barrister. You'll see the wonders he performs! And there’s a‘Hmm! with us! [Puts an imaginary pipe in her mouth.] Hmm! Sci-en-tist! Inter-failed!

SAMANT. Oh, it does sound good fun!

BENARE. And we have an Intellectual too. That means someone who prides himself on his booklearning. But when there’s a real- life problem, away he runs! Hides his head. He’s not here today. Won't be coming, either. He wouldn’t dare!

Related Characters: Benare (speaker), Samant (speaker), Ponkshe , Mr. Kashikar, Mrs. Kashikar, Balu Rokde, Professor Damle
Page Number: 59
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MRS KASHIKAR. I say, Benare—[stroking the garland in her hair] I did mean to buy a garland for you too—

BENARE [in Ponkshe’s tones]. Hmm! [Ponkshe bites his lips angrily.]

MRS KASHIKAR [to Mr Kashikar]. Didn’t I, dear? But what happened was that—

BENARE [laughing heartily]—The garland flew away—pouf! Or did the dicky-bird take it? I never want garlands. If I did, couldn't I afford to buy them? I earn my own living, you know. That’s why I never feel like buying garlands and things.

Related Characters: Benare (speaker), Mrs. Kashikar (speaker), Mr. Kashikar
Page Number: 66
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Act Two Quotes

KASHIKAR. Silence must be observed while the court is in session. Can’t shut up at home, can’t shut up here!

MRS KASHIKAR. But I was just telling Samant here—

SUKHATME. Let it pass, Mrs Kashikar. He’s just joking.

MRS KASHIKAR. So what? Scolding me at every step!

Related Characters: Mr. Kashikar (speaker), Mrs. Kashikar (speaker), Samant
Page Number: 76
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SUKHATME. Motherhood is pure. Moreover, there is a great—er —a great nobility in our concept of motherhood. We have acknowledged woman as the mother of mankind. Our culture enjoins us to perpetual worship of her. ‘Be thy mother as a god’ is what we teach our children from infancy. There is great responsibility devolving upon a mother. She weaves a magic circle with her whole existence in order to protect and preserve her little one—

KASHIKAR. You've forgotten one thing. There’s a Sanskrit proverb, Janani janmabhumischa svargadapi gariyasi.

‘Mother and
The Motherland,
Both are even
Higher than heaven.’

MRS KASHIKAR [with enthusiasm]. And of course, ‘Great are thy favours, ‘O mother’ is quite famous.

BENARE. Order, order! This is all straight out of a school composition-book. [Bites her tongue ironically.] Prisoner Miss Benare, for abrogating the authority of the court, a reprimand is once more issued to you! [Pretends to bang a gavel.]

SUKHATME. I am deeply grateful, Milord, for your addition. In short, ‘Woman is a wife for a moment, but a mother for ever.’

Related Characters: Benare (speaker), Sukhatme (speaker), Mr. Kashikar (speaker), Mrs. Kashikar (speaker)
Page Number: 79
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Act Three Quotes

MRS KASHIKAR. What better proof? Just look at the way she behaves. I don’t like to say anything since she’s one of us. Should there be no limit to how freely a woman can behave with a man? An unmarried woman? No matter how well she knows him? Look how loudly she laughs! How she sings, dances, cracks Jokes! And wandering alone with how many men, day in and day out!

SUKHATME [Disappointed at the ‘proof’]. Mrs Kashikar, at the most one can say all this shows how free she is.

MRS KASHIKAR. Free! Free! She’s free allright—in everything! I shouldn't say it. But since it’s come up in court, I will. Just hold this a minute.

Related Characters: Sukhatme (speaker), Mrs. Kashikar (speaker), Benare, Ponkshe , Mr. Kashikar
Page Number: 100
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Discipline means discipline.

Related Characters: Mrs. Kashikar (speaker), Benare
Page Number: 106
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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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Mrs. Kashikar Character Timeline in Silence! The Court is in Session

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Kashikar 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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...well! Just like a real one.”  The last members of the troop, Mr. Kashikar and Mrs. Kashikar , have yet to arrive because Mrs. Kashikar wanted her husband to buy her a... (full context)
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Mr. Kashikar and Mrs. Kashikar finally enter. Kashikar double checks that Rokde has brought all the baggage because in the... (full context)
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Mrs. Kashikar tells Benare she meant to buy a garland for her, too, but Benare brushes her... (full context)
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Rokde, suddenly remembering, goes to Mrs. Kashikar and informs her Professor Damle hasn’t arrived. Benare becomes silent, then goes to talk to... (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... (full context)
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...to his current minor role as usher. Sukhatme suggests Samant, who has no acting experience. Mrs. Kashikar asks what Benare thinks of Samant, and she responds that she thinks he’s “lovely,” clarifying... (full context)
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...insists he is too busy with work to “do more than look at the pictures.” Mrs. Kashikar objects, but Kashikar silences her. (full context)
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Ponkshe and Mrs. Kashikar send Samant to get cigarettes and pan. Benare leaves to room to wash her face... (full context)
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Kashikar agrees that a new accused would add variety, and Mrs. Kashikar supports him, but Kashikar immediately chastises her for speaking up. Sukhatme suggests Rokde, but although... (full context)
Act Two
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Mrs. Kashikar makes and aside to Samant that the argument about pan is “just in fun,” and... (full context)
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...“compromising situation,” Rokde has. Sukhatme calls Rokde to the witness box. Rokde is resistant, but Mrs. Kashikar promises that if he can give good evidence now he might get another chance at... (full context)
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...a novel. Benare threatens to leave or break the set if the play continues, and Mrs. Kashikar asks why she’s responded to violently if she’s innocent. Benare explains she hates being ganged... (full context)
Act Three
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...witness box. She will not move. They order Rokde to help, he refuses, and so Mrs. Kashikar pulls Benare to the box where she stands in silent terror. (full context)
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Mrs. Kashikar places Benare’s hand on the dictionary, and though she still will not speak Mrs. Kashikar... (full context)
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Mrs. Kashikar is called to the stand. Kashikar mocks her for being over eager. Sukhatme asks Mrs.... (full context)
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Sukhatme asks Mrs. Kashikar for proof that Benare has behaved promiscuously. Mrs. Kashikar points to the free way Benare... (full context)
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Mrs. Kashikar tries another strategy, wondering why Benare needed Damle to walk her home after performances. Sukhatme... (full context)
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Sukhatme dismisses Mrs. Kashikar and calls Rokde as a witness again. As the players shift positions he tells Benare... (full context)
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Rokde takes the stand. Sukhatme refers to him as Mr. Rokde, but Mrs. Kashikar continues to urge “Balu” to speak. Rokde admits eight days ago Benare held his hand... (full context)
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Rokde says he slapped Benare after she threatened him and promised to tell someone. Mrs. Kashikar is surprised, as Rokde had told her other details, but not the slapping. Rokde is... (full context)
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Benare comes towards Ponkshe but Mrs. Kashikar , at Kashikar’s urging, takes her back to the dock. At Mr. Kashikar and Mrs.... (full context)
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...calling Sukhatme’s practice unsuccessful and speculating Kashikar mistreats Rokde because he thinks that Rokde and Mrs. Kashikar are having an affair. Mrs. Kashikar is offended. Karnik is offended that Benare did not... (full context)
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...asked him if he had decided, and Rokde responded he was unable to act without Mrs. Kashikar ’s permission. Rokde was afraid that people would mock and insult him if he married... (full context)
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Benare attempts to stand and leave but Mrs. Kashikar pulls her back. Kashikar reveals that, although he is the judge he also has a... (full context)
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The group turns to Benare, who is motionless on the ground. Mrs. Kashikar comments on how sensitive Benare is, and Kashikar, Sukhatme, and Ponkshe reassert that the whole... (full context)