Narratives of a Nation: Constructing a National Identity

Tanaya Mohanty

Abstract


The idea of Odia nationalism has been constructed with certain mythical stories and national narratives that talked about the glories of the past, mythical origin of its people as well as some invented traditions that helps in imagining the nation. In this article we have used Stuart Halls idea of representing national culture through five ways for identity construction, and tried to analyze how Odisha weaved its notion of Odia nationalism, which preceded Indian nationalism.

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Nationalism, Identity, Invented traditions.

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