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

Jayanta Sengupta


In comparison to other linguistic movements in India, Orissa is the single instance of a pan-regional linguistic identity that made a successful negotiation with the colonial state by using constitutional means. Subsequently, like many other linguistic movements that culminated in statehood in postcolonial India, its appeal waxed and waned. It gradually declined in the second half of the twentieth century, as language came to be displaced by issues of development as the prime movers of identity politics. This book addresses these broader questions of poverty, marginality, ethnicity, and identi ... More

Keywords: colonialism, nationalism, regionalism, language, ethnicity, imagined community, Congress, Gandhi, postcolonial democracy, development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198099154
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099154.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jayanta Sengupta, author
Secretary/Curator (Director), Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata