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Community in news: Koch Rajbangshis

  • IASbaba
  • February 11, 2021
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Community in news: Koch Rajbangshis

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – I – Society

In news

  • The Koch Rajbongshis community was in news recently.

Important value additions 

  • They are a community that traces its roots to the Kamata kingdom, which comprised parts of Assam, West Bengal, and adjoining territories.
  • In the medieval period, the community was dominant and ruled their territory of Kamatapur, which comprised a large part of Bangladesh, West Bengal, Bihar, and India’s north-east.
  • After Independence, the princely state of Cooch Behar became part of West Bengal.
  • Today, Koch Rajbongshis are found in Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, and Bihar, and in Bangladesh, Nepal, and some parts of Bhutan.
  • They are estimated to number over 33 lakh in West Bengal, mostly the northern districts, and have a large presence in Assam.

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