Book unveiling 19th Calcutta launched

By Tulika Bhaduri, Kolkata, Sept 14 : Oxford Bookstore in association with Niyogi Books launched the book 'Calcutta in the Nineteenth Century - An Archival Exploration' here on Friday.

'Calcutta in the Nineteenth Century - An Archival Exploration' jointly penned by archivists at the State Archives of West Bengal, Bidisha Chakraborty and Sarmistha De create a whole new agenda while exploring India in the 19th century.

The book was released by Swapan Chakraborty, academician and former Director of National Library.

The book is primarily a collection of rare photographs, plans, blueprints and other documentary evidence.

The pages of history unearth the grandeur of the imperial rule in India, the meticulous details that history holds about the planning and the undertaking of enterprises.

It also examines Calcutta's rapid transformation from a cluster of three villages in the second city of the Empire, the London of East that they planned for.

The book has six separate units - 'City Administration', 'Controlling Public Affair', 'Safety and Health', 'Education and Social Reform', 'Science and Urbanisation' and 'Spatial Expansion'.

Swapan Chakraborty said, "It was pleasant reading those years back once again in a different limelight".

Indian feminist critic and activist Jasodhara Bagchi also shared some of her valuable opinions informing about the book's preface.

Both the authors worked in their fields of concern illuminating socioeconomic issues of 19th century Bengal, particularly sources of supply of prostitutes in colonial Bengal and condition and treatment of marginalised Europeans in colonial seat back then.

--IBNS (Posted on 14-09-2013)

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