BISWAMOY A TOP & THINKAR IS NO MORE

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GREAT LOSS TO ODISHA: BISWAMOY A TOP SCHOLAR AND LEFTIST THINKAR IS NO MORE  

 

Prasanta Patnaik

 

it is most shocking that Dr. Biswamoy Pati, one of the leading historians of the country is no more. Dr Pati left for his heavenly abode on June 23rd 2017 beacuse of sudden cardiac arrest.

 

Dr. Biswamoy's contribution to Odishan history highlighting the struggle of tribal, peasants and marginal people of Odisha is immense and undoubtedly he was the torch bearer of subaltern history in Odisha. His path breaking studies on 19th century Odisha guided many of us to explore into many dark chapters which remained unexplored. Personally he was very impulsive and extremely loveable.

 

Biswamoy Pati was Associate Professor in Modern Indian History, University of Delhi. His latest publications include South Asia from the Margins: Echoes of Orissa, 1800-2000 (2012).
Born: 1955.


He was son of noted academician  mathematician of world repute and former Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad University (AU) Prof Tibikram Pati.

 

Professor Tribikram Pati-popularly known as Prof T Pati- served as the Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad University (1990-91) and Shri Jagannath Sanskrit University, Puri. He is the son of Late Prof Ratnakar Pati, an eminent philosopher, and grandson of 'Utkalmani' Gopabandhu Das, the first president of the Orissa Congress.

 

A famous mathematician, Prof Pati adorned the chair of Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Jabalpur University, for about 9 years before holding the same position at AU for almost 17 years between 1972 and 1989. …

 

 

Biswamoy was a great scholar who had authored


South Asia from the margins: Echoes of Orissa, 1800-2000, Manchester University, Press, 2012.


 Biswamoy Pati, Ed. Balgangadhar Tilak: Popular Readings, (Primus Books, Delhi, 2011). This book has my short Editorial Note and my chapter ‘Nationalist politics and the “making” of Bal Gangadhar Tilak’, 93-111.


Biswamoy Pati Ed. Adivasis in Colonial India: Survival, Resistance and Negotiation (Orient BlackSwan, New Delhi, 2011), this is a part of the Indian Council for Historical Research ‘Monograph Series’; it has 13 chapters, which includes my Editorial Introduction (1-30) and my chapter entitled, ‘Survival as resistance: Tribals in colonial Orissa’, 237-265.


 Biswamoy Pati, Identity, Hegemony, Resistance: Towards a Social History of Conversions in Orissa, 1800-2000 (Three Essays Collective, New Delhi, 2003), German Reprint, Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbucken, 2011.


Biswamoy Pati and Mark Harrison Ed. The Social History of Health and Medicine in Colonial India, (Routledge, U.K. 2009), Indian Reprint, Primus Books, New Delhi, 2011. This book has an Editorial note, ‘Social History of Health and Medicine: Colonial India’, (co-authored; 1-14); and twelve chapters. My (coauthored) chapter is entitled, ‘The Leprosy Patient and Society: Colonial Orissa, 1870s – 1940s’, 113-28.


Biswamoy Pati Ed. The Great Rebellion of 1857: Transgressions, Contests and Diversities, Routledge U.K. 2010. This book has an Introduction (1-15) and a chapter authored by me entitled, ‘Beyond Colonial Mapping: Common People, Fuzzy Boundaries and the Rebellion of 1857’, 46-62.
 


Waltraud Ernst and Biswamoy Pati, Eds. India's Princely States: People, Princes and Colonialism (Routledge, U.K. 2007), Indian Reprint, Primus Books, 2010. My contribution includes the Introduction (co-authored; 1-15), and a chapter entitled, ‘The order of legitimacy: Princely Orissa, 1850-1947’, 85-98.

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