Calcutta Mosaic: Essays and Interviews on the Minority by Himadri Banerjee, Nilanjana Gupta, Sipra Mukherjee

By Himadri Banerjee, Nilanjana Gupta, Sipra Mukherjee

This assortment brings jointly the tales of the Armenians, chinese language, Sikhs, ‘South Indians’, Bohra Muslims and different groups who've come and created this wondrous mosaic, the town of Calcutta.

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2 per cent of its population in the 1850s. By the first decade of the nineteenth century, if not earlier, Chinese tanners, shoemakers, carpenters, dentists, mechanics and artisans became wellknown for their skill and ingenuity. Gradually, the community diversified into various occupations, one of the most well known in today’s Calcutta Mapping the Spaces of Minorities 37 being the Chinese eateries. They have not been known ‘to find remunerative employment in spite of the difficulties of language’.

1, Calcutta, 1949. 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Horse drawn carriages waiting for passengers at Howrah Station. Photograph Courtesy: Frank Bond, Bond Photo Library, University of Chicago, The Digital South Asia Library. Chapter 1 MAPPING THE SPACES OF MINORITIES: CALCUTTA THROUGH THE LAST CENTURY Keya Dasgupta I The spatial concentration of communities, with transformations over time has been a neglected theme in academic research on Indian cities. Thus, when I was asked to present a broad overview of the organization of minority communities in the city space of Calcutta, a number of questions immediately came to my mind.

175–8. Seth, Harihar, Pracheen Calcutta, Calcutta, BE 1341 (approx. CE 1934), p. 332. Samachar Darpan, 24 Febrauary 1821, reprinted in Bandyopadhyay, Brajen, Sambadpatre Sekaler Katha, Vol. 1, Calcutta, 1949. 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Horse drawn carriages waiting for passengers at Howrah Station. Photograph Courtesy: Frank Bond, Bond Photo Library, University of Chicago, The Digital South Asia Library. Chapter 1 MAPPING THE SPACES OF MINORITIES: CALCUTTA THROUGH THE LAST CENTURY Keya Dasgupta I The spatial concentration of communities, with transformations over time has been a neglected theme in academic research on Indian cities.

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