This article is reproduced from a book The Oriya Movement authored by two Bachelor of Arts, Niranjan Patnaik and Chakrapani Pradhan, and was published in the year 1919. Niranjan Patnaik (24th Nov.1896-15th Aug.1943) was hardly twenty-three and Chakrapani Pradhan (1885-1921) thirty-four. These two youths were exercised over the distribution of the population speaking their language, that is Oriya, across regions under the control of different administrations, which they called ‘state of administrative dismemberment’. They wanted to produce a document where they could provide clinching evidences as justifications for the demand that all the Oriya speaking tracts must be put under one administration. This book came out of that effort. In their words, “We have sought not merely to catalogue the evils resulting from the present state of dismemberment and given arguments for union, but have emphasized also on what larger grounds of national well being the community deserves a distinct status.” In the article produced here the authors highlight uniqueness of Orissan architecture, visible in the architectural remains in Oriya speaking territories despite being under different administrations, as one of the justifications for the demand of union of Oriya speaking territories.- Editor
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