‘Calcutta Not Part Of West Bengal’

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Saheli Dey, Kolkata: How many states are there in India?

How many cities are there In India?

How many CITIES are there which are NOT a part of India?

Errr…..what?

Yes, you have answers to all the questions but you definitely do wonder about the last one. Can you imagine if there is a Delhi out of India? Or can you believe if we say that there is a CALCUTTA in some other part of the world except West Bengal? No ?

Believe it or not, it is true.

Apart from the Calcutta in West Bengal, there is another Calcutta in the Indiana which is in the United States of America.

Calcutta is an unincorporated community in Clay County, Indiana, in the United States. Calcutta was founded in 1870 as a coal town. A post office was established at Calcutta in 1870, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1879.

Chowringhee Square, Calcutta in 1945
New American Kitchen restaurant, Calcutta in 1945

Maybe that be the reason for the change of the name Calcutta to Kolkata ? Might be to avoid confusion. But with the unique cultural and literary traditions, Kolkata completely deserves an identity of its own.

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