|Clive House, Kolkata The Victorian Web|
There is some obscurity as to the origin of this oldest building. It could be presumably a Portuguese or Dutch factory or go down of cotton or salt peter or it is likely that this building of Mogul period was sometimes owned by Nawab Alivardi Khan and his grandson Siraj-ud-Daulah
|Robert Clive (1773).en.wikipedia.org/|
|Side view, Clive House, Kolkata. commons.wikimedia.org|
Sometimes after the battle of Plassey, Lord Clive introduced some changes in his country house by strengthening it and building an upper floor. By doing so, the building's defensive character was lost. The house, a huge one with thick walls, was capable for good defense gainst anything but artillery from its elevated position”
|Clive House, Kolkata. astoundingbengal.blogspot|
In 1997, as part of 50th anniversary of India's independence from Britain, there was a proposal to restore the Clive House that was slowly decaying. However, it became a subject of debate and countless Indian leaders were of the view that India had more important priorities to address than restoring the house of a dishonest man Clive) who laid the basic foundation for the British empire that squandered India in every conceivable way for about 300 years to keep their economy in good nick.
|Clive House, Kolkata, roof caved in long ago. astoundingbengal.blogspot.in/|
|Dilapidated Clive House Kolkata. NoiseBreak|
In 2006, some restoration work of Clive house was on following the fall of the roof. The detailed study undertaken in 2001 and later years by the ASI revealed the presence of some urban sites near the Dum Dum area long before Chief of East India Company Job Charnock founded the town of Calcutta (Kolkata). Artifacts - coins pottery, semiprecious stones, terracotta figurines, etc - from the excavations seem to belong to the Sunga-Kusana period and the survey concluded that a rich, advanced and prosperous trading center was present way back in 8th century. Yet another discovery was a seal with Nagari script - "Samapasasya" suggesting the use of a language in the 8th century. It is a great archaeological discovery that shows there existed an ancient civilization in the place where Kolkata now stands. According to “Bandhopadhyay the findings are all set to revolutionize the history of South Bengal. They reveal remnants of a civilization over 2000 years old lived here. The Kolkata High Court ruling a few years ago rejected that Job Chornock was not the founder of Kolkata as the town had been in existence before his arrival.
01. Dum Dum has Calcutta’s (now Kolkata) international airport. The same place once produced particularly a nasty form of bullet in the local ordinance factory. However this bullet was banned from warfare by a convention signed at The Hague in 1899).
02. The superb of Dum Dum had been in existence even before Job Charnock developed the early British settlements in 1790.