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Job Charnock not Kolkata founder: Saborna Parivar

The Saborna Choudhury Parivar Parishad claimed in 2000 in the High Court that Kolkata was neither found by Job Charnock nor is its birthday on August 24.

Parivar secretary Gora Roy Choudhury said the state government has intentionally tried to change facts recorded in history.

The Parivar says Charnock died in 1692 and the sale deed was signed on November 10, 1698, by his son-in-law Charles Eyre. Even that deed was illegal as two minor sons of the Parivar – Mahadev and Rambhadra – signed the deed along with Ramchandra and Pran. This deed was written in the Persian language and a copy of it is preserved in Victoria Memorial, but without an English translation. Finally, the British Library sent a copy of the deed to the family, reportedly at the intervention of the then Prime Minister John Major.

The Parivar says no individual can be the founder of a city; an individual can only modernise one.

According to history, Adisura, a relative of the King of Kanauj, was sent to Bengal as its ruler in the ninth century. As there was no Vedic system prevalent in Bengal at the time, Adisura brought five Brahmins from Kanauj – Sriharsa, Vattanarayan, Daksha, Chandra and Vedgarva. The Vedgarva family finally settled in Gangaram, a villege on the bank of river Ajay. They came to be recognized as the Gangopadhyayas.

The Parivar says the 13th descendant of Vedagarva Lakshmikanta modernized the city. He was born in 1570. His mother Padmavati died within three days of his birth and his father Zia renounced the world and came to be known as Kamdev Brahmachari. After completing his education, Lakshmikanta joined as an officer of the revenue department in the court of Bikramaditya.

After the death of the king, he was replaced by his son Pratapaditya. Pratapaditya was defeated by the general of Akbar Man Singh. Legend has it that Lakshmikanta’s father Kamdev Brahmachari gave valuable advice to Man Singh about the weather and other details. He also provided Man Singh’s army advice on how to avoid malaria and jungle fever in the Sunderbans.

Man Singh easily defeated Pratapaditya. In gratitude, Man Singh gave zamindari of eight villages, including Kolkata, to the Brahmachari’s son Lakshmikanta and conferred on him the title of Majumdar. He was the person who developed the village of Kolkata and according to the Parivar should be regarded as the real founder of the city. Lakshmikanta adopted the title of Roy Choudhury and his zamindari flourished so much that it is said he earned as much as Rs 12 lakhs from his properties in Kolkata.

Source: The Asian Age, 23 August 2000