The history concerning the origin of the Rajbanshis is a mystery. The term Rajbanshi
means people of royal lineage.1According to Haripada Bhattarai, the Rajbanshis belonged to
the great ‘Bodo family’2 that entered India in the 10th century B. C. from the east and settled
on the banks of the Brahamaputra and gradually spread over Assam and the whole of north
Bengal.3 Some scholars believe that North Bengal is the homeland of the Rajbanshis and they
are the local ethnic community dominating the land over years.4At present, the Rajbanshis of
North Bengal are striving to preserve their ethnic identity. They have been striving for it for
quitesometime. Over time and space it has evolved a lot.5 The Rajbanshis are found in all
districts of North Bengal, some parts of Assam, Nepal, Meghalaya, Bhutan and Bihar.
Besides, Rangpur, Dinajpur, Panchgarh, Thakurgaon, Joypurhat, Gaibandha, Nilfamari,
Bogra, Jessore, Mymensingh district of Bangladsh.