At the Margins: Discourses of Development, Democracy, and Regionalism in Odisha
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At the Margins: Discourses of Development, Democracy, and Regionalism in Odisha

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ISBN-13:
9780198099154
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.10.2014
Seiten:
416
Autor:
Jayanta Sengupta
Gewicht:
590 g
Format:
216x145x36 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Dedication ; Acknowledgements ; Introduction: Imagined Communities of Language Before and After Democracy: Problems and Perspectives from Orissa ; 1. Social Structure and Political Arithmetic under Colonial Rule ; 2. Race, Culture, Language, and 'Backwardness': Writing the Oriya 'People' into the Oriya 'Nation,' 1900-1920 ; 3. Boundaries, Funds and 'Nationalism': Towards a Separate Orissa Province, 1920-1936 ; 4. Congress in the Ascendant? The Peasant Question and 'Popular' Politics, 1920-1947 ; 5. Congress Against the Rajas: Princes, Prajamandals, and Partition, 1937-1949 ; 6. Democracy and its Discontents: Language, Identity, and the Cultural Politics of 'Backwardness' in a Postcolonial World ; 7. Ram Against Christ? Competing Communalisms and Patterns of Political Mobilization ; Conclusion: Re-examining Cultural Nationalism ; Bibliography ; Index ; About the Author
This book shows how a movement of regional identity was forged in colonial Orissa in the early twentieth century, how it related to the politics of Indian nationalism, and how the politics of postcolonial electoral democracy impacted this movement and the politics of Oriya identity. It breaks new ground by examining the themes of regionalism, language-based ethnicity, center-state relations, and the interrelationships between development and democracy across thenotional divide of 1947.