The indigenous, aboriginal and traditional Koch-Rajbongshi people are spread across Assam, Meghalaya, North Bengal, Bihar within India and is also present in Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, and can be safely called the largest trans-boarder ethnic community of South Asia. And even though the emergence of modern nation states have divided this group of people, across provinces and nations, yet their shared history, past imagination and many commonalities still tie them. And like the Banjulang people of Australia, the First Nation people of Canada or the Native Indian people of America, the Koch-Rajbongshi (Rajbanshi) people are the First Nation people of South Asia region.
The advent of the 21st century and an increasingly globalized world brings along new challenges as well as opportunities and one such opportunity is the Internet. Today, social media and the web has enabled this traditional group of people spread across different states and nations, to be able to come together, once again, at least online, like they once did as one people and one nation, when they roamed freely in this part of South Asia. The problems faced by the community, is both diverse as well as common. Keeping these aspects in mind, few like minded individuals from the community, belonging to diverse background, like law, research, media, business, etc., came together to work among the community both at the, ‘strategic level’ as well as at the ‘ground level’, by initiating various development programmes, including policy interventions, legal interventions, research and studies, training and capacity building, sports and cultural events, etc., with the primary objective to ‘preserve’ and ‘promote’ the rich culture, history, language, belief system, socio-political rights, etc., of the Koch-Rajbongshi people, culminating in the birth of CKRSD on 23rd August, 2012 at Guwahati, Assam.