Gopinath Mohanty’s fictional universe provides a cartography of the subjugated voices and forgotten lives that make part of history as much as the official accounts and master narratives: Dalits, adivasi communities and anonymous workers facing conflicts, partly derived from the colossal transformation that the country goes through after Independence, are given voice and center stage in his stories. Recounting the ups and downs of their lives, their corrosive uncertainties and blatant mistakes along with their daily struggles to scrape a living becomes pivotal to reaching a comprehension of the dilemmas confronted by India at a crossroads between stagnant tradition and the unstoppable progress of modernity.
Gopinath Mohanty (1914–1991), winner of the Jnanpith award, and the first winner of the National Sahitya Akademi Award in 1955 - for his novel, Amrutara Santana - was a prolific Odia writer of the mid-twentieth century. Gopinath's first novel, Mana Gahirara Chasa, was published in 1940, which was followed by Dadi Budha (1944), Paraja (1945) and Amrutara Santana (1947). His literary output was prolific. He wrote twenty-four novels, ten collections of short stories, three plays, two biographies, two volumes of critical essays, and five books on the languages of the Kandha, Gadaba and Saora tribes of Odisha. He translated Tolstoy's War and Peace (Yuddh O Shanti), in three volumes, 1985–86), and Rabindranath Tagore's Jogajog, (1965), into Odia.