• Ranjana Padhi
  • Nigamananda Sadangi


The Introduction to Resisting Dispossession: The Odisha Story provides a historical context both for the development trajectory and the resistance against it in the post-independent period in the State of Odisha in East India. It attempts to show how these ten resistance movements spanning over nearly seven decades constitute an important part of the political history of Odisha seen from below. It is women, peasants, dalits and adivasis who make this history while protecting their sources of subsistence. People have fought against being displaced and dispossessed in the entire development trajectory from the construction of the Hirakud Dam in the 1950s to the entry of corporations like POSCO and Vedanta in contemporary times. The Introduction covers some pertinent points while interrogating the nature of development brought through mining and industrialization. People’s fight to protect their subsistence living becomes bloodier in the post-liberalization phase when the state becomes ruthless in safeguarding the interest of corporate capital. The thin line between consent and coercion blurs completely as people are coerced into the ‘development’ paradigm thrust by state and capital. By foregrounding the theme of subsistence vis à vis capital, the Introduction connects all ten resistance movements that are otherwise separate in terms of time and space. The Introduction tries to draw the attention of readers to the nature of these struggles. By protecting their sources of livelihood, people protect land, mountains, forests, streams and rivers. In short, it is they, who protect the planet and its entire humanity. In this period of great derangement, these movements give hope and inspiration.


Anti-displacement movements Dispossession Subsistence economy People’s Movements Political narratives Resistance history Resisting Dispossession Utkal Sammilani Post-colonial Odisha State repression 


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