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Occupied Hindu Monuments Exhibit 2: Clive House, Kolkata

 

It is said that Lord Clive had spotted a one storeyed house sitting on a high mound while making his way towards Siraj’s camp. The place was Dumdum, Nagerbazar and the date was 8th of February, 1757. Then after his victory in the Battle of Plassey, Clive occupied this ancient house. 
He made a lot of renovations and extensions on this house. However, the root structure or the frame was kept unchanged. The second storey was brought up. 

According to a certain British bureaucrat namedL ouis O’ Malley, this house is the remnant of an ancient Hindu civilization. A lot of facts about this house has been uncovered in Robert Orme’s ‘The War in Bengal’. However, the exact year of establishment or the name of the builder has not been found. However, this house was once occupied by Alivardi Khan. It was once occupied by the Dutch and also the British Bishop Hebber. 

A shoot taking place inside Clive House in 2015. 


The ASI took charge of the maintenance of this heritage house in 2001 and afterwards several clay vessels, pots, coins etc. were unearthed from the mound. The datings of the exhibits vary from  the 2nd century BCE to 8th-9th century CE. Which is well before the settling of Islam or any other foreign forces in India. These findings prove how ancient the city of Kolkata really is and that “Calcutta” was not “found” by any Charnock…

The passage from this house extends to a canal which is connected to the famous Motijheel of Dumdum. 




Excavation work in the early 2000s. 




Excavation work at the Unchu Maath (higher ground)


Image 1 Courtesy: Devi Prasad Sinha, The Telegraph India

Image 2: Google, Wikipedia

Image 3: Snehasis Bhattacharya, The Telegraph India

Image 4: Google

Image 5 &6: The Telegraph India 

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