History of Manbhum

INTRODUCTION : There was a District called MANBHUM District in the Eastern Part of India during British Raj. To know the history of erstwhile MANBHUM district we have to go back to the Mughal era. During the regime of Akbar, Raja Man Singh was gifted a territory by emperor Akbar following his victory in a battle. The territory being extremely vast and far flung, got it divided into three Districts as Birbhum, Manbhum and Singhbhum for administrative purposes. Manbhum had its Headquarters in Purulia (now in West Bengal).

 In 1765 A.D. Mughal Emperor Shah-Alam granted “Diwani” (Right to collect taxes) to East India Company for the subahs (Province/Sub-Division) of Bengal, Bihar, Orissa. During this period of time Manbhum was one of the districts of the Eastern India (Bengal-Bihar-Orissa) during the British Raj.

CREATION OF DISTRICTs : To Have a greater control over the Jungle-Mahal area, East India Company began to split it into several smaller districts like Panchet (1773), Jungle-Mahal (1805) and Manbhum (1833). The district of Manbhum was formed with 7896 sq. mile area in the year 1833.,

By Regulation XVIIII of 1805, a Jungle Mahals district composed of 23 parganas and mahals including the present Purulia (known as ‘Purulia’ in those days) was formed.

By Regulation XIII of 1833 the JUNGLE MAHALS district was broken up and a new district called MANBHUM was constituted with headquarters at Manbazar.  The district was very large in size and included parts of BANKURA and BARDHAMAN districts of present West Bengal state and Dhanbad, Dhalbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan districts of present Jharkhand states. In 1838 the district headquarters was shifted from Manbazar to Purulia.

Manbhum District after creation in the year of 1833, the district of Manbhum was split in the following years-1845, 1846, 1871 and finally in 1879, as a result of which the area of Manbhum was reduced to 4112 sq. miles from the original area of 7896 Square Miles,

The movement against the split of Bengal (Banga-Bhanga) started in 1905. Due to strong agitation the division of Bengal was stopped and both the Bengals united again in 1911.

However, in the following year in 1912, a new partition took place which divided the Bengal province on linguistic, with the Hindi, Oriya and Assamese areas separated to form separate administrative units : Bihar -Orissa Province was formed to the west (of Bengal) and Assam Province to the east. Manbhum was  a Bengali dominated District but unfortunately it was included to Bihar-Orissa province detaching from Bengal. The protest against the inclusion of Manbhum in Bihar-Orissa spread out in the whole district. The “Language Movement” (Bhasa Andolon ) for inclusion back to Bengal slowly gathered storm at Manbhum district. However the popularity of the freedom struggle sidelined the Language movement and lost its importance and intensity.

In 1947, After India’s independence, the MANBHUM district became part of Bihar state.  People of Manbhum were unhappy and they started prolonged movement against the decision. The Govt. to make the movement to die,  re-organized the Indian states in the 1956, when a small part of Manbhum District was given to West Bengal by curving out of the Manbhum District, which is known as Purulia District. The Remaining part which is reach in minerals and coal was kept with  Bihar and that part was named as Dhanbad District (now in Jharkhand state).

This is how the Manbhum District of erstwhile Bangla (United Bengal) province was disappeared from the Indian map.

This post is the result of my compilation from various sources from Internet, Wikipedia and http://www.purulia.gov.in. Any suggestion for addition, deletion, alteration for improvement of the article will be welcomed and acknowledged with thanks.

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5 Responses to History of Manbhum

  1. nb d says:

    what would you call the region before manbhum(ie before man singh), Outside of political bengal what is the present primary language in the former regions of manbhum now in jharkhand (and odisha?)

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  2. nb d says:

    also what does the region irregardless of current language/state “””have in common”””” (Manbhum, mallabhum, Dhalbhum, Singhbhum, Birbhum) donnobad

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  3. nb d says:

    my interest originally was to understand what extant/area of jharkhand is actually — bengal, regarding language culture etc…

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  4. Soumya sengupta says:

    Mambhum which is now called Dhanbaad and presently a part of the Jharkhand state was historically a part of the Bengal province.When language movement was at its peak, a small area which was named as Purulia was curved out of Bihar and included in Bengal .The remaining part of Manbhum which was rich in mineral resourves was kept with Bihar inspite of massive protests from the Bengali people.As dhaanbad was formally a part of the state of Bengal, this area should be transferred to Bengal.

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  5. Bonku says:

    The Manbhum district which is presently Dhanbad and a part of the Jharkhand state map must be included in Bengal.It is historically a part of Bengal.I appeal to the West Bengal Government and the people at large to build up a mass movement and pressurize the centre to concede to the legitimate demands of the bengalis.Hope the bengalis are not sleeping .

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