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Biswamoy Pati

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086588

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086588.001.0001

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Interrogating stereotypes: exploring the Orissan princely states

Interrogating stereotypes: exploring the Orissan princely states

(p.97) 6 Interrogating stereotypes: exploring the Orissan princely states
South Asia from the margins

Biswamoy Pati

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the problems posed by a feudal system that nestled in the lap of colonialism and how this impacted the day-to-day lives of the common people. While popular memory remembers the people in the twenty-six princely states of Orissa as garhjatias who accepted and tolerated their despotic chiefs, it needs to be explored whether the terror struck by these despots has any empirical or historical basis or is a part of a fantasised nationalist construction. This chapter outlines how social practices associated with caste and patriarchy were preserved and reinforced in order to sustain social hierarchies and gain legitimacy so as to have access to the resources in the princely states.

Keywords:   Dhenkanal, Gangpur, Kalahandi, Mayurbhanj, nationalist construction, Nilgiri, popular memory, Prajamandal, Ranpur, Talcher

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