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Zamindars
Places  /  Published 29.07.22

The maharaja statue at Dalhousie Square: A harbinger of royal dignity

Though a significant part of the city’s history, there’s been no limelight on this statute. Finding it is difficult, as it stands in a corner now overgrown with trees and discarded things....
By Somen Sengupta

Places  /  Published 29.06.22

Tales of a palace: Exploring the built heritage of Hetampur

Post independence and the abolition of the zamindari system, it was impossible to maintain the palatial property. The meagre government stipend could not match costs and Ranjan Prasad was rented to th...
By Amitabha Gupta

Places  /  Published 17.05.22

Day trip: The Bridgerton-esque estates of North 24 Parganas' Dhanyakuria village

Buses going from Ultadanga to Basirhat via Barasat and Berachampa can take you to Dhanyakuria The nearest railhead is Kankra Mirzanagar on the Sealdah – Hasnabad line. Local conveyances are a...
By Amitabha Gupta

West Bengal  /  Published 07.03.19

Fetters off thika land, partially

The Mamata Banerjee government has cleared a policy that is expected to facilitate the construction of multi-storey buildings on thika tenancy land.Thika tenancy plots, which originally belonged to za...
By Pranesh Sarkar and Sambit Saha in Calcutta

Culture  /  Published 02.11.19

Once upon a time in Tangail, a dacoit notorious

There is this friend I have. A very close friend, if you know what I mean. Closer to me than my shadow — that kind of close. In any case, once upon a time, we… sorry, they — the Thikdars — use...
By Bitan Sikdar


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