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Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal.
It is located in eastern India on the east bank of the River Hooghly.
When referred to as "Kolkata", it usually includes the suburbs,
and thus its population exceeds 15 Million, making it India's second-largest City
and urban agglomeration
Kolkata served as the capital of India during the British Raj until 1911.
Once the centre of modern education, industry, science, culture and politics in
India, Kolkata witnessed intense political violence, clashes and economic stagnation
from the years starting 1954 and continuing till this day.
However, since the year 2000, economic rejuvenation has led to a spurt in the city's growth.
Like the other metropolitan cities of India, Kolkata continues to struggle with
urbanisation problems like poverty, pollution and traffic congestion.
Kolkata is noted for its revolutionary history, ranging from the Indian struggle
for independence to the leftist and trade union movements.
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