Today, 24 August, is considered Calcutta’s “foundation day”. On this day in 1690, Job Charnock of the (British) East India Company landed by boat at a riverbank in Sutanuti (in today’s north Calcutta), and decided to set up a trading post here.
What is now Calcutta was then a collection of villages of fishermen, weavers and other artisans. There were also some rich landlords and traders around. The imperial-colonial kiss-embrace made this into a teeming metropolis.
Happy Birthday Calcutta!