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Manbhum was one of the districts of the East India during the British Raj. After India’s independence, the district became a part of Bihar state. Upon re-organization of the Indian states in the mid-1950s, present Purulia district was carved out of the district of Manbhum and became a part of the West Bengal; the remaining part of Manbhum district was kept with Bihar state and became part of Dhanbad district.
Manbhum region has thick forests, with good mineral resources, and has a mixed demographic profile with people from different religious and social groups, including adivasis, particularly the Santals and the Mundas.
- Encyclopædia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain
- History of Manbhum
- Coupland, H. Bengal District Gazetteers Manbhum. The Bengal Secretariat Book Depot Calcutta. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
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