Asm: শিলচর śilac(h)ara

‘Stone Bank’  City, Assam

From Asm: śilā, ‘stone’; char, ‘(river) bank’.

Silchar is the second largest city in Assam, famous for tea cultivation.

Indira Gandhi called it the ‘Island of Peace’ during a time when it was a beacon of stability in a region torn apart by civil war and ethnic conflict.

The name implies the town started as a stone mooring for ships on the bank of the river Barak, which then became a paved market built on stones, and finally metamorphosed into the fully-developed town it is today.  

Captain Thomas Fisher founded the city in 1832 when he moved the HQ of Cachar District here.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Assam place names.

 

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