The district of Kasganj was established on 15 April 2008 by separating Kasganj, Patiali and Sahawar tehsils from Etah district. For a while, the district was named after a politician, Kanshi Ram. The decision taken by Mayawati, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and president of the BSP provoked protests by lawyers who had proposed to call it in honor of Sant Tulsidas, who was born in the district. The district reverted to its original name in 2012. Adjacent districts of Kasganj are Etah, Aligarh, Hathras (formerly known as Mahamaya Nagar district), Badaun and Farrukhabad.