Cuttack, Dec 29 :
Celebrated historian Prof Romila Thapar today released a book titled ‘Locating Local History – Rethinking Marginal Community and Identity’ authored by Prof Chandi Prasad Nanda and Padmashree Prof Herman Kulke at the ongoing 74th Indian History Congress at Ravenshaw University here.
The book encompasses studies on the society, culture and history of Odisha is the second Odisha research project of the German Research Council. It complements the first project of the Council which was on the great tradition of Jagannath of Puri, with comprehensive studies on various sub-regional and local traditions and identities in the hinterland of the dominant coastal Odisha.
The narrative brings out the under-explored history, identity politics and cultural assertion of a ‘marginal’ community like Kurmi Mahantas in quest of their Adivasi identity.
Two other books ‘Aadya Kalina Bharat Itihas’- an Odia translation of Prof. Romila Thapar’s book, by Prof. Pritish Acharya and ‘Towards Freedom- 1947’, Part One, edited by Prof. Sucheta Mahajan and Prof. Irfan Habib were also released on this occasion.
Prof. Herman Kulke, Vice Chancellor, Ravenshaw University Prof. B C Tripathy and several other dignitaries including eminent historians were present at the book release function.