At the Margins: Discourses of Development, Democracy, and Regionalism in Odisha by Jayanta SenguptaAt the Margins: Discourses of Development, Democracy, and Regionalism in Odisha by Jayanta Sengupta

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

byJayanta Sengupta

Hardcover | February 11, 2015

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In comparison to other well-known linguistic movements in India (like the Andhra or the Tamil movements), Orissa is the single instance of the imagination of a pan-regional linguistic identity that made a successful negotiation with the colonial state by using mainly constitutional meanswithin the framework of colonial power. Subsequently, like many other linguistic movements that culminated in statehood in postcolonial India, its appeal waxed and waned and over the long run gradually declined in the second half of the twentieth century, as language came to be displaced by issuesof development and underdevelopment as the prime movers of identity politics under electoral democracy. This book addresses these broader questions of poverty, marginality, ethnicity, and identity in Orissa in the twentieth century. Since it challenges the idea of 1947 as a watershed and seeks tograpple with the themes of regionalism, language-based ethnicity, centre-state relations, and the interrelationships between development and democracy across this divide, it will be of great interest not only to historians, political scientists, economists, and sociologists of modern South Asia, butalso to scholars and students interested in the cultural politics of linguistic identity, and the politics of democracy and development in the global South.
Jayanta Sengutpa is Secretary and Curator (Director), Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata.
Title:At the Margins: Discourses of Development, Democracy, and Regionalism in OdishaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:February 11, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

DedicationAcknowledgementsIntroduction: Imagined Communities of Language Before and After Democracy: Problems and Perspectives from Orissa1. Social Structure and Political Arithmetic under Colonial Rule2. Race, Culture, Language, and 'Backwardness': Writing the Oriya 'People' into the Oriya 'Nation,' 1900-19203. Boundaries, Funds and 'Nationalism': Towards a Separate Orissa Province, 1920-19364. Congress in the Ascendant? The Peasant Question and 'Popular' Politics, 1920-19475. Congress Against the Rajas: Princes, Prajamandals, and Partition, 1937-19496. Democracy and its Discontents: Language, Identity, and the Cultural Politics of 'Backwardness' in a Postcolonial World7. Ram Against Christ? Competing Communalisms and Patterns of Political MobilizationConclusion: Re-examining Cultural NationalismBibliographyIndexAbout the Author