Jayanta Sengutpa is Secretary and Curator (Director), Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata.
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