National Movement and Politics in Orissa, 1920-1929 by Pritish Acharya


National Movement and Politics in Orissa, 1920-1929 by Pritish Acharya

This book is a comprehensive study of the nationalist movement and politics in Orissa during the 1920s. It examines the national movement in the late nineteenth century and the first two decades of the twentieth century prior to the launch of the Civil Disobedience Movement by focusing on the regional peculiarities, especially the Oriya linguistic and cultural identity movement. Based on extensive research, it reflects upon the emergence of a class of new intelligentsia as an opinion maker of the society, its concern for societal needs, the divergent trends within it, the commonalities and differences among them and the organizational linkages between the local intelligentsia and the nationalists. Despite the contradictions, the author argues that the local and national aspirations were not antagonistic but complemented each other, as witnessed during the Calcutta Congress of 1928, establishing the Indian National Congress' twin commitments on the question of regional identity and national liberation. National Movement and Politics in Orissa: 1920-29 is a valuable contribution to the discourse on the nationalist movement and will be of great interest to students and scholars of modern Indian history as well as to the social science academia.


It is a well-researched volume with a sound empirical base which has the potential to illuminate the nature and scope of anti-colonial nationhood in the context of Orissa. -- Studies in History A major aspect of this book is that it assembles a host of language sources that include Oriya newspapers and some literary tracts... The value of this work is based on its explorations related to the interactions between the world of newspapers, literature, elite politics and the development of nationalism in Orissa. -- Indian Historical Review

About the Author

Pritish Acharya is a Reader in history at National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and is presently posted at Regional Institute of Education, Bhubaneswar, a constituent of NCERT. As a writer in Oriya, he has published three short story collections Pausa Pahile Jai (1986), Atmalipi (1989) and Patri Anwesana (2001). He has also written two collection of essays Apaninda Upakshana (2004) and Itihasara Samiksha (2007), translated works: Sampradayikta: Ekta Parichaya (2004) of Bipan Chandra, Srilal Shuklanka Ketoti Kahani (2006) of Srilal Shukla, and edited Smrutire Shikshaka (2006). He was awarded the Basanta Milan Puraskar for short story writing in 1986. A regular columnist in Oriya, some of his short stories are translated and published in prestigious Hindi journals like Samakalin Bharatiya Sahitya, Vagarth, Jansatta and Hindustan. Presently, he is working on the writings of Gopabandhu Das-a pioneer of nationalist struggle, basic education, nationalist press and social reforms in Orissa.

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324 pages


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Publication date

11th March 2008



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