Talk:Bengal Presidency

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"Sanskrit" geography? "Sanskrit" times?[edit]

Can anyone explain what is meant by "Sanskrit geography" and "Sanskrit times"? Sanskrit is a language -- actually it is a term encompassing several languages over a period of millennia, up until today, so it can't be tied to the language of any particular period. A more precise term is needed here.Acsenray 18:55, 7 July 2006 (UTC)

POV in the section "Origin of the name and reasons for its use"[edit]

The whole section has no citation at all and the following parts are POV:

  • "The name "Bengal" is derived from Sanskrit "Vanga", and, strictly speaking, applies to the country stretching southwards from Bhagalpur to the sea. The ancient Bangla formed one of the five outlying kingdoms of Aryan India, and was practically coterminous with the delta of Bengal. It derived its name, according to the etymology of the Pundits, from a prince of the Mahabharata, to whose portion it fell on the partition of the country among the Lunar race of Delhi."
    • The phrase, "Aryan India" means nothing and name of the ancient janapada was "Vanga", not Bangla. Vanga was one of the adopted sons of Anava king Bali, not a Mahabharata prince and "the etymology of the Pundits" is a complete POV phrase. There is no such thing as the "Lunar race of Delhi".
  • "But a city called Bangala, near Dhaka, which, although now washed away, is supposed to have existed in the Muslim period, appears to have given the name to the European world. The word Bangala was first used by the Muslim rulers; and under their rule, like the Bangla pre-Muslim times, it applied specifically to the Gangetic delta, although the later conquests to the east of the Brahmaputra were eventually included within it."
    • The word Vangala was used by the Rashtrakuta king Govinda III much before the Turk-Afghan (Muslim?) rulers used it. Secondly, where was this imaginary city named Bangala?

The whole paragraph is irrelevant, unencyclopedic and should be deleted from the article. Joy1963Talk 07:25, 12 February 2011 (UTC)

Support the above statement. There is no need of the etymology of Bengal in this article. Deleting the paragraph. --Vssun (talk) 09:59, 25 November 2012 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

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The result of the proposal was move per request.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 11:17, 13 December 2013 (UTC)


Presidency of BengalBengal Presidency – Like other Presidencies of British India, the "Bengal Presidency" is common name, both historically and in contemporary literature. Samudrakula (talk) 21:51, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

Support, per Samudrakula.--Uck22 (talk) 22:44, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
Support, yes, of course, per nom. --Dwaipayan (talk) 05:41, 8 December 2013 (UTC)
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The presidency period was very short[edit]

The article's infobox suggests the page covers the period from 1765 to 1947. But according to the List of Governors of Bengal, the presidency period ended in 1756. Wouldn't it be more appropriate to name the page as "British Bengal"?--Merchant of Asia (talk) 14:17, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

The terminology is perhaps confusing on account of the involvement of the HEIC, but the Presidency as a region survived until independence.  Philg88 talk 14:29, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

List of major cities[edit]

A suggestion: I think it will be interesting to include a list of major cities of undivided Bengal (Bengal Presidency), along with their populations and geographic area. Sahrudayan (talk) 05:55, 21 October 2017 (UTC)