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Resisting Dispossession

The Odisha Story

Authors: Padhi, Ranjana, Sadangi, Nigamananda

  • Documents the range of anti-displacement movements in Odisha since the 1950s to present times
  • Traces the impact of dispossession from the time of Independence of India to contemporary times
  • Fills huge lacunae in literature pertaining to anti-displacement struggles in Odisha
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About this book

The book brings to the reader a set of political and social narratives woven around people’s resistance against big dams, mining and industrial projects, in short, displacement and dispossession in Odisha, India. This saga of dispossession abounds with stories and narratives of ordinary peasants, forest dwellers, fisher folk and landless wage laborers, which make the canvas of resistance history more complete. The book foregrounds these protagonists and the events that marked their lives; they live in the coastal plains as well as the hilly and forested areas of south and south-west Odisha.

The authors have chronicled the development trajectory from the construction of the Hirakud Dam in the 1950s to the entry of corporations like POSCO and Vedanta in contemporary times. It thus covers extensive ground in interrogating the nature of industrialization being ushered into the state from post-independent India till today.

The book depicts how and why people resist the development juggernaut in a state marked with endemic poverty. In unraveling this complex reality, the book conveys the world view of a vast section of people whose lives and livelihoods are tied up to land, forests, mountains, seas, rivers, lakes, ponds, trees, vines and bushes. These narratives fill a yawning gap in resistance literature in the context of Odisha. In doing so, they resonate with the current predicament of people in other mineral-rich states in Eastern India. The book is an endeavour to bring Odisha on the map of resistance politics and social movements in India and across the world.

About the authors

Ranjana Padhi is a feminist activist and writer currently based in Bhubaneswar. She has authored Those Who Did Not Die: Impact of the agrarian crisis on women in Punjab (2012). Her contributions in writing have also appeared in the Economic and Political Weekly, The Wire, Monthly Review and Countercurrents. Ranjana has been part of the autonomous women’s movement in India and volunteered in other autonomous, non-funded collectives. She has actively worked in many joint coalitions and campaigns around issues of democratic rights and civil liberties, state repression, workers’ rights, forcible evictions caused by corporate land acquisition, sexuality and communal violence.

Nigamanand Sadangi is an activist, writer and translator based in Bhubaneswar. He is currently part of the Anwesha collective–a socio-political journal in Odia that is focused on issues related to social movements as well as caste, tribal and gender concerns. He has participated in fact-finding efforts and investigations in Odisha to highlight the violation of civil liberties and democratic rights of people. He has contributed articles to Odia journals like Samadrushti, Nisaan and Vikalpa Vichaar and also to Economic and Political Weekly and Countercurrents. He has translated works of many leading writers and intellectuals into Odia.

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eBook 85,59 €
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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  • Due: April 1, 2020
  • ISBN 978-981-15-0716-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Resisting Dispossession
Book Subtitle
The Odisha Story
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-0717-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-0717-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-0716-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 291
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