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Further opposition to Mughals

Resistance to the imperial arms did not, however, terminate with the submission of Isa Khan. The Afghans under Osman Lohani held out obstinately at Dhamrai and defeated the ‘thanadar’ while the king of Arakan laid siege to a fort near Sonargaon. The zamindar of Bikrampur assisted him by making a diversion in the south of the district and attacking Srinagar but Man Singh put both of them to flight with heavy loss.

Isa Khan

The greatest of all the Bhuiyas was Isa Khan, son of a Bhis Rajput of Oudh who had accepted the Muhammadan faith. His principal strongholds were at Khizrpur, about a mile north of Narayanganj, and at Diwan Bagh, and he formed a rallying point for the Afghans (more…)

The twelve Bhuiyan

It was some years, however, before the whole of Bengal was actually reduced to subjection. Several tracts continued to be under the rule of petty chiefs who refused to own allegiance to the Emperor and gave shelter and a hearty welcome to the numerous Afghans whom Daud’s death had thrown out of employment. Foremost among those chiefs were the (more…)

On the Sena Rajas of Bengal, III

By Babu Rajendralala Mitra

Transcript and Translation of an Inscription from RdjashdM. — By C. T. Metcalfe, Esq., C. S.

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Victory be to the mouths of Shambhu (Shiva), who laughed on looking through the light of the moon at the shame-contracted face of Debi who, for fear of the removal of her breast (more…)

On the Sena Rajas of Bengal, II

By Babu Rajendralala Mitra

The reigns of Madhava and Kesava Sena were short and inconsequen- tial, and it is very likely that the Lakhmaniya who succeeded Kesava, and reigned in Bengal for 80 years, was taken by the Mahomedans to be the immediate successor of Lakshmana, son of (more…)

On the Sena Rajas of Bengal, I

ASIATIC SOCIETY OF BENGAL, VOL XXXIV, PART I, No III, 1865. EDITED BY THE PHILOLOGICAL SECEETAEY, CALCUTTA: PRINTED AT THE BAPTIST MISSION PRESS, 1866
By Babu Rajendralala Mitra

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INTRODUCTION TO THE EARLY HISTORY AND GROWTH OF CALCUTTA

BY RAJA BINAYA KRISHNA DEB

CALCUTTA, as it is today, may truly be called a great and magnificent city. Its metamorphosis from a small collection of villages in the midst of a swampy land has been characterized as unprecedented. Hardly any comparison can he instituted between its present state and its early condition. A scene quite novel and events quite unique in their character will he presented to our view. History furnishes but few parallels to a change so rapid, so varied, so extensive. The growth and development of Calcutta has been even more striking than that of St. Petersburg since the days of Peter the Great. With the (more…)

Calcutta was not founded by Briton

The High Court in Calcutta ruled last week that Charnock – widely held to have founded Calcutta as a young man with the British East India Company in 1690 – should be struck from school textbooks, official documents and websites.

The judges decreed that no one person could be credited with founding the city, which for nearly 250 years was the chief city in Britain’s overseas empire. Calcutta had grown up from rural settlements, a process that began before Charnock set up camp on the swampy banks of the Hooghly river at a village known as Kalikata on August 24, 1690. “Calcutta does not have a ‘birthday’,” the court said.

Calcutta was not founded by Briton, court rules by By David Orr in Delhi

Overthrow of Buddhism

[From The EASTERN BENGAL DISTRICT GAZETTEERS, DACCA, Chapter 2: History]

In the ninth century A.D., one Adisura, a Kshatriya by caste,of came from the Deccan and after overthrowing the Buddhist king of Bikrampur established himself at Rampal near Munshiganj. He sent to Kanauj for Brahmans to teach the people the religion  which even the priestly class in the district luul forgotten and five  Brahmans, accompanied by five Kayasthas, in due time arrived.  Tradition says that their reception by the king’s underlings, when  they reached Rampal, was so rude that they were about to take  their (more…)