ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Persisting Dominance

Crisis of Democracy in a Resource-rich Region

Odisha presents a crisis of democracy with an upper-caste patriarchal domination that has been consolidated through the formation and expansion of a middle class that provides services to the capitalist extractive economy, while vast sections of the population, especially adivasis, dalits, and agricultural workers, remain marginalised. This process has been accentuated by neo-liberal policies and their implementation through a massive deployment of security forces. The strategy of dominance and governance has done little to reduce regional disparity between the coastal districts and inland regions, and it has been legitimised through the electoral process, welfare support, and the media.

The author acknowledges his debt to colleagues at the Odisha Gabeshana Chakra, Bhubaneswar, working with whom over the last two decades has largely shaped most of his ideas. He alone is, however, responsible for the statements made in the paper.

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