Calcutta

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Anwesha Sengupta
Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) has witnessed a few turbulent decades after Independence. Deeply affected by India’s Partition, it received millions of refugees in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. The refugee crisis coincided with a series of mass upheavals, with a cross-section of the city’s…
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Anwesha Sengupta
Dr Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay is assistant professor in history and political economy at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali. He is a scholar of history, historical anthropology and political economy. His research projects explore themes in informality, infrastructure…
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Anwesha Sengupta
Calcutta (Kolkata) was deeply affected by the partition of British India. Sir Cyril Radcliffe’s line that separated the eastern wing of Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh) from India had devastating consequences for the region’s economy and society. Calcutta, being the most important urban centre of…
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Anwesha Sengupta
Kolkata/Calcutta had witnessed a series of popular movements in the first three decades after Independence/Partition. These movements, led by Left political parties, witnessed massive participation of students and teachers, refugees and labourers, women and the middle class. They came out on the…
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Giles Tillotson
Thomas Daniell (1749–1840) and his nephew William Daniell (1769–1837) travelled extensively in India between 1786 and 1793. On their return to Britain they produced many paintings, drawings and prints based on the sketches they had made while travelling. The 144 aquatint prints, collectively known…
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The Baghdadi Jews came to Calcutta during the British Raj. They left impressive traces behind like large synagogues, schools, and a cemetery in Narkeldanga. Apart from these Ezra Mansions and the Ezra hospital, Nahoums Confectionary, and two buildings in the zoo are owned and endowed by Jews. There…
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Samayita Banerjee
  Around 34 kilometres from the city of Calcutta, removed from the humdrum of the metropolis and still further from its intellectual cacophony, lies an unpretentious yet fascinating site. This is the site of Chandraketugarh, tucked away near a small village called Berachampa in the North 24…
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Neha Chatterjee
  In 1879, Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay, the leading public intellectual of the day, published an essay titled ‘Samya’, meaning ‘equality’ in Bengali. There he stated that of all the artificial and unnatural differences that men created between men, the institution of caste hierarchy in India was,…
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  Banerjea, Dhrubajyoti. 2005. European Calcutta: Images and Recollections of a Bygone Era. New Delhi: UBS Publishers.   Buetnerr, Elizabeth. 2006. 'Cemeteries, Public Memory and Raj Nostalgia in Postcolonial Britain and India’, History and Memory 18.1:5–43.   Chaudhuri, Sukanta, ed. 1995. Calcutta…
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Arnab Bhowmick
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