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Gender discrimination is generally the practice of granting or refraining certain rights and privileges to a person based on gender. Patriarchy’s chief institution is the family; it is the smaller unit of the larger patriarchal society. Family acts as an agent of the institutionalised law of the larger society. The principles of patriarchy can be seen in two folds - male dominating females and elder men dominating younger. This paper attempts to analyse the social issues which are reflected in Mahesh Dattani’s play Dance like a Man. The main issues are gender trouble and intergenerational gap. Dattani focuses on gender binaries and their fixed roles. Judith Butler’s theory of “Performativity” (Gender Trouble) and Kate Millet’s Sexual Politics has been applied to analyse these gendered fixed roles in the society.

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