West Dinajpur district

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West Dinajpur district was a district of the state of West Bengal from 1947 to 1992. At India's independence, the former Dinajpur district of undivided Bengal was partitioned along religious lines,[1] and West Dinajpur became one of the 14 districts of West Bengal.[2] The other part of the district continues as Dinajpur District, Bangladesh.

With the States Reorganisation Act of 1956, some Bengali-speaking areas from Bihar were added to this district.[3] On 1 April 1992, the West Dinajpur district was divided into Uttar Dinajpur district (north) and Dakshin Dinajpur district (south).[4][5]


  1. ^ Harun-or-Rashid. "Partition of Bengal, 1947". Banglapedia. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. Retrieved 2006-10-26. 
  2. ^ Chatterji, Joya (2007). The Spoils of Partition: Bengal and India, 1947-1967. Cambridge University Press. p. 58. ISBN 0-521-87536-6. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  3. ^ "District profile". Official website of Purulia district. Archived from the original on January 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Home page". Official website of Uttar Dinajpur district. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  5. ^ "Historical Perspective". Official website of South Dinajpur district. Retrieved 2008-09-01.