This book traces the importance of Uttar Pradesh (UP) as a political 'heartland' of India over the last century and highlights its influence on Indian politics. In unraveling the constructed identity of the state of UP, this book analyzes the transformation that UP experienced as a region within India in the late colonial and post-colonial periods. The author discusses the construction of the state of UP under three identity categories: - Colonial heartland. - Nationalist heartland. - Post-Colonial heartland. The conclusion he draws the from this study serve to evaluate the extent to which the framework and construct of the 'heartland' has worked for the well-being of society in contemporary India.Kudaisya, Gyanesh is the author of 'Region, Nation, "Heartland" Uttar Pradesh in India's Body Politic', published 2006 under ISBN 9780761935469 and ISBN 0761935460.