Tughlaq by Girish Karnad is a thirteen-scene play about the turbulent rule of Muhammad bin Tughlaq. Though it initially seems like a historical play, it is relevant to the contemporary politics of any era, especially in the current global scenario.
The play explores the series of events that led to the downfall of Muhammad bin Tughlaq, one of the most fascinating kings to occupy the throne of Delhi. The protagonist, Muhammad bin Tughlaq, was known for his reformist ideas and grand vision. Inspite of this, his reign was an abject failure. He started his rule with great ideals of a unified India. Yet, his reign had degenerated into an anarchy and his kingdom had become a 'kitchen of death' in 20 years.