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India officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second most populous country, and the most populous liberal democracy in the world. India is a union of twenty-eight states and seven federally-governed union territories. New Delhi is the capital of India.
 
Contai also known as Kanthi is a Subdivisional town in the District of East Midnapore, West Bengal, India. Contai was originally a part of Hijli kingdom, a tributary state of Orissa ruled by the Hindu King Gopinath Pattnayak. Contai Subdivision was established in 1852, under the British Raj. Initially, Negua was the Subdivisional headquarter, which was shifted to Contai in 1863. Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay was appointed as the Subdivisional officer in 1860. He selected Dariapur as the background of his famous novel Kapalkundala.
 
This region was also glorified by the arrival of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1946 to lead the Freedom Movement against the British Raj. Out of a galaxy of freedom fighters from Contai, educationist Birendranath Sasmal is a name to be remembered. The city belonged to the undivided Midnapore District before it was split into East and West on January 1, 2002.
 
As of 2001 India censusGRIndia, Contai had a population of 77,497. Males constitute 52 percent of the population and females 48 percent. Contai has an average literacy rate of 82 percent, higher than the national average of 59.5 percent male literacy is 85 percent and, female literacy is 78 percent. In Contai, 10 percent of the population is under 6 years of age.
 
Contai Subdivision is famous for its tourism, cashew crop, fishing and processing industries. The land is highly fertile and therefore, agriculture is also the major driving force that sustains the middle-class economy of this region. However, sometimes agriculture is affected by frequent floods due to torrential Monsoon rain and Cyclone formed from depressions in the Bay of Bengal.
 
Contai is well-connected by roads/highways with other nearby cities and towns like, Digha, Dantan, Kharagpur, Midnapore,Tamluk, Haldia, Howrah, and Kolkata. The town is also connected by a rail link to Howrah/Kolkata which is again extended to Digha.

It can also be considered as the preeminent, historical and potential tourism destination that enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers to become one of the most visited places.

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