Stone Inscription
Title Stone Inscription
Accession Number 86/39
Museum Name Indian Museum, Kolkata
Gallery Name N.A.
Object Type Epigraphs
Main Material Stone
Country India
Provenance Saibana village, North 24 Paraganas, West Bengal.
Origin Place Saibana village, North 24 Paraganas, West Bengal.
Patron/Dynasty Murshidabad
Period / Year of Work C.18th Century
Dimensions 60.6 cm.x 45.4 cm. x 89 cm.
Brief Description It records the erection of a dwelling house by Chudamani Dutta in 1677 Saka Era (1756 C.E.). Siraj, the direct political disciple of his grandfather Nawab Alivardi Khan, was aware of the British interest in colonization and hence, resented the British politico-military presence in Bengal represented by the British East India Company. He was annoyed at the company's alleged involvement with and instigation of some members of his own court in a conspiracy to oust him. His charges against the company were mainly threefold. Firstly, that they strengthened the fortification around the Fort William without any intimation and approval; secondly, that they grossly abused the trade privileges granted to them by the Mughal rulers, which caused heavy loss of customs duties for the government; and thirdly, that they gave shelter to some of his officers, for example Krishnadas, son of Rajballav, who were allegedly charged with misappropriation of government funds. Hence, when the East India Company started further enhancement of military power at Fort William in Calcutta, Siraj asked them to stop. But the Company did not pay any heed to his directives. So Siraj-ud- daulah retaliated and captured Kolkata from the British in June 1756. This tablet made of black stone recovered from Saibana village near Barasat, 24 Parganas (North), narrates the capture of Calcutta by Nawab Siraj-ud-daulah while mentioning the erection of a dwelling house by Chudamani Dutta in 1677 Saka Era(1756 C.E.). It was gifted to Indian Museum by Shri Shri Nandadulal Thakur Thakuranisthan temple authority during an exploration by Indian Museum in the year 1986.