The Raja of Cooch Behar and also the Nawab of Rangpur, the rulers of two minor kingdoms that faced one another close to the Teesta river, staked games of chess with plots of land. To settle their debts, they changed chits representing the territory won or lost.
Once Sir Cyril Radcliffe who divided India, Cooch Behar visited India and Rangpur to Bangladesh — as well as those who lived on the two kings’ 162 ‘chit mahals’ or Paper Palaces. These Indo-Bangladesh enclaves are now tiny islands of India enclosed by Bangladesh and vice versa.
Well, it is observed that these disputed islands were slowly gaining their existence with little bit of diplomatic intervention of both the countries. Still, the sad news is these islands are now disappearing slowly due to global warming.
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