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Mica Kings refer to a business house, which took shape in the early twentieth century, in Koderma, Jharkhand state, India. This business house, at one point in time, controlled the largest share of mica mining and export activity in the world.


Koderma is a small place and is located in Chhottanagpur. Chota Nagpur Plateau consists of three smaller plateaus of Ranchi, Hazaribagh, and Koderma. The CH saga, the birth, growth and the emergence of the business house of Mica Kings (Chhattu Ram Horil Ram Private Limited, in short, CH Pvt. Ltd., or mostly known simply as CH), emerged in the plateau of Koderma.

The Damodar river rises from Chota Nagpur Plateau and flows eastward 592 kilometers through the West Bengal to join Hoogli River, southward of Kolkata. The Damodar valley is a treasure trove of a variety of minerals, from vast deposits of coal and iron ore to several others. Mica, mostly with a silvery shine, but available in various other colours, is one of them. Mica slabs in Koderama plateau were found by British engineers in the later part of the nineteenth century, while laying the (Grand Chord section) of railway tracks, which link Howrah, (Calcutta, West Bengal) and Mughalsarai (near Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh).

CH had extended their business empire from a small place in the eastern India to the western part of India in Mumbai (then called Bombay, and the capital of Bombay Presidency, and to regions of Gujarat. Currently (2006) their activities are...
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