Anchoring to the Past
Eastern Panorama|May 2020
A New Discovery in Dhubri

Mrinmoy Das, Dhubri District Museum Officer carried an in-depth research on the Anchor of ship which surfaced on the bank of river Brahmaputra in Dhubri district since October last year.

This aroused interest and Associate Editor of Eastern Panorama, Bijoy Kumar Sharma approached Mrinmoy Das to know the findings of his study and research that he carried for five months.

Following is the excerpt of an exclusive talk and conversation presented as it is:

Mrinmoy Das on the background of research on the Anchor

Dhubri is situated on the western most part of Assam; this place with a rich history as the gateway to undivided Assam is where the mighty Brahmaputra ends before entering Bangladesh.

The geographical location and icturesque beauty of this part of ssam surrounded with forests, ills, rivers, lush green fields and lantations have attracted many ast conquerors of different period o rule and settle here, including the Britishers. After the arrival of the British, Dhubri became an important administrative seat of the western powers. The present district has been carved out from the greater Goalpara district in the year 1983 after serving as the district headquarter for four consecutive years .

Mrinmoy Das on history of navigation in this part of Assam

The important elements of colonial architecture exhibited through the civic, administrative, institutional and utilitarian buildings in Dhubri reminds about the colonial legacy of the British Empire. It has been speculated that before the East India Company, it were the Armenian traders who arrived in Dhubri sailing through the Brahmaputra to Bangladesh from Calcutta.

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