Indigenous allies of the British Raj: The Rajbanshis of North-Bengal

Anuj Choudhury

The history of India has so far remained the exclusive domain of the elites, composed mainly of the Upper Caste. Had the Subalterns penned down their own experience, today the face of India’s history would have be a different one, as the poem expressed above.

What makes poet like Nabadwip Chandra Roy Barma praise the British? If a half-thinking Indian reads this poem, he might get furious on the Rajbanshis. However poem like this is an act of opposition on the ‘great civilization’ that India, over the years has falsely boosted itself to be. In fact, many depressed classes like the Rajbanshis in North-Bengal saw the British Raj as liberators, mainly from the treachery and hegemony of the Upper Caste Hindus.Full Story

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Telengana wave gives fresh breath to KPP, KLO for Kamtapur movement

SILIGURI: Stringent government pressure and tactical political activities, under both of these, the fierce movement of Kamtapur Peoples Party(KPP) and militant organization Kamtapur Liberation Organization(KLO) for separate Kamtapur state comprising northern Plains of West Bengal went low key a decade back. But the sentiment remained alive. Formation of Telengana statehood is giving the sentiment a new life giving birth of a fierce movement in the region. Read full Story

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Won’t tolerate any separatist movement: Bengal CM

SILIGURI: Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee made it clear on Monday that the government would not tolerate any separatist movement in the state and would deal with any such movement strictly.
While delivering her speech during the inauguration of Uttarkanya, the secretariat for north Bengal at Siliguri, Mamata Banerjee went hammer and tongs at the Kamtapur People’s Party (KPP) and Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) charging the outfits of provoking Rajbanshi youths in the name of recognition of Rajbanshi language. Read Full Story

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