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Method of legitimization of the Sambalpur kingdom

Click here to download the research paper “Medieval Odisha: Method of legitimization of the Sambalpur kingdom“. This article was publlished in Orissa Historical Research Journal, Vol. LI, No. 1,2,3,4, 2010, Bhubaneswar, pp. 66-76.


January 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm Leave a comment

The Mirror Reflection of Sambalpur State through “Kosalananda Kavyam”

The Mirror Reflection of Sambalpur State through the Courtly Chronicle called Kosalananda Kavyam, The Journal of Orissan History, Vol. XXII, December, 2009, Bhubaneswar. pp. 237-252. Click here to download and read the full article. Thanks to the author for sending me the article.

December 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm Leave a comment

Social condition of “western Orissa” during sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

We thank the author for sending us a copy of the article. This article was published in  Shodhak, Vol. 41 Pt A Sr 121/ Basant 2067/ January – April 2011, Jaipur,  pp. 20-33. Click here to read the complete article.

December 13, 2011 at 7:18 am Leave a comment

Seminar on Kosli language, literature, and cultural history

Following is a report from the Sambad:

December 12, 2011 at 7:40 am Leave a comment

Cultural Legacy of Western Odisha

Following is a book on western Odisha:

December 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm Leave a comment

Headless Goddess of Nuapada

Following is a report from OHRJ (Odisha govt’s journal). Click here to download the complete article.

December 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

“Maraguda velley” excavations: History of Kosal (western Orissa) needs to be re-written

Click here to read the article on “MARAGUDA VALLEY EXCAVATIONS”

October 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

The Somavamsi kings of Kosal

Ch 05 History Of Orissa From The Earliest Times To The Period (Page- 191-241)

See chapter XIV, Page 204.

September 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

Sudam Naik: An author of more than 100 articles and four books on western Orissa

Following report is from the Telegraph

For 37-year-old Sonepur youth Sudam Naik, who comes from a humble background, achieving the distinction of being of the most successful researchers of the history of Western Orissa is no mean achievement.

He never studied in big cities or in renowned institutions. He passed matriculation from Maharaja High School in Sonepur and went to Sonepur College for graduation. Yet he has made a name for himself in the field of research on the history of Western Orissa, particularly Sonepur.

Naik has written over 100 articles in different Oriya journals and authored four books — Subarnapur Sahityara Itihasa (2006), Subarnapur Darbari Sahitya (2008), Mandira Malini Subarnapur (2006) and Subarnapur Itihasa (2011) — on the history of Sonepur.

Naik developed an interest for research on the history of Western Orissa in 1989-90 when he was studying in Sonepur College. “It was 1989-90. I was doing my graduation and developed an interest in research on arts and culture of Western Orissa. Eminent historian Prof Jagnya Kumar Sahu was the principal of our college and there was a book written by him in our course. When I came in his contact, I took interest in the history of Western Orissa, particularly Sonepur”, Naik said.

Naik said Prof Sahu acted as his philosopher and guide in his mission to work on the history of Western Orissa. “It was Prof Sahu who inspired me to take to research. Noted historian Sadananda Agrawal also helped and guided me,” Naik said.

Naik’s first book was Mandira Malini Subarnapur (temple town Subarnapur), which was published in 2006. “My articles on the temples of Subarnapur were serialised in various Oriya newspapers and later compiled into a book called Mandira Malini Subarnapur in 2006,” Naik said.

Talking about his source of research, Naik said he largely depended on the ‘darbari’ literature of Sonepur, which was published during the regime of Maharaja Bikramitradaya Singhdeo.

August 30, 2011 at 6:41 pm Leave a comment

Panimora of Bargarh district: The village of freedom fighters

Following items are taken from the Official Website of Bargarh.

Following news is taken from

The times have changed, but Mahatma Gandhi continues to be the lodestone for a group of freedom fighters in Orissa who 60 years ago fought for India’s independence and still wage a struggle for a better tomorrow – this time for healthcare, roads and basic telecommunications.

Every morning the group of four men begin their day by paying homage to a statue of Mahatma Gandhi installed at the entrance to their village, Panimora, in Orissa’s Bargarh district, about 400km from the state capital Bhubaneswar.

In the twilight of their lives, Chamaru Paradhia, Dayanidhi Naik, Madan Bhoi and Jitendra Pradhan are no longer the young men they used to be when they told the British to ‘Quit India’. But the zeal is intact, as is the vision for the future.

“We had thought our struggle for freedom will bring a solution to all problems. But it did not. We are forced to fight another battle, now for essential health services, roads and communications that we never thought of,” said Paradhia, who at 96 is the oldest of the surviving four freedom fighters in the village.

Paradhia is often seen participating in rallies, organising protests in the village against the government and the local administration’s apathy towards their problems.

The others in the quartet are in the 80s, their faces wizened with age and their vision blurred with deteriorating eyesight. That in no way dulls the clarity with which they view the situation in their village of only 3,000 people.

Panimora has had a history of struggle. Thirty-two people were jailed during the 1942 ‘Quit India’ movement, of which only four are alive.
While the rest of the country, and indeed the state, has moved on, Panimora stays stuck in a time warp. There are only thatched huts, no villager lives in a brick and concrete house and there are no phones either.

“The village has a primary health centre but most of the time the doctor is absent. We don’t get essential healthcare in the village and often need to travel 50 to 60km for treatment,” Paradhia said.

And how do they travel the 50 to 60 km when the access road itself is full of potholes? “The eight-kilometre road that connects our village to the block headquarters is not in a good condition. It has not been repaired for the last five years,” complained 82-year-old Madan Bhoi.
“We launched protests several times. The four of us demonstrated, submitted memorandums along with the villagers to the local administration but nothing happened.”

His comrades recall the number of times they have demonstrated outside the telephone office at the block headquarters in Sohela to no avail; and how the village road was taken up under the Pradhan Mantri Grama Sadak Yojana (Prime Minister Rural Roads Project) last year.

But the administration has yet to start work. It says it has heard the call for help. “The administration recognises the need of the villagers and the freedom fighters. We honour them every year,” said District Collector Harihar Panigrahi. “We are also taking steps to repair roads and taking steps to provide to the people better healthcare facilities,” he added. But the fighters dismiss this as a promise they have heard once too often and claim they will continue their fight until their basic requirements are fulfilled.

The British have long gone, and much of India has transformed with wide roads, telephone towers and cyber cafes every one kilometre.
But in one corner of India, a group of four men continue their fight with a prayer to the ubiquitous Gandhi statue that in this village is not just tokenism to a hallowed past.

The years since 1947 and failed promises have not made them cynics. The idealism still shines through, prompting others to work and dream on. – IANS

August 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

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