Northeast India (officially North Eastern Region, NER) is the easternmost region of India representing both a geographic and political administrative division of the country. It comprises eight states – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. The Siliguri Corridor in West Bengal, with a width of 21 to 40 kilometres (13 to 25 mi), connects the North Eastern Region with East India. The region shares an international border of 5,182 kilometres (3,220 mi) (about 99 percent of its total geographical boundary) with several neighbouring countries – 1,395 kilometres (867 mi) with Tibet Autonomous Region, China in the north, 1,640 kilometres (1,020 mi) with Myanmar in the east, 1,596 kilometres (992 mi) with Bangladesh in the south-west, 97 kilometres (60 mi) with Nepal in the west, and 455 kilometres (283 mi) with Bhutan in the north-west. It comprises an area of 262,230 square kilometres (101,250 sq mi), almost 8 percent of that of India, and is one of the largest salients (panhandles) in the world.
The states of North Eastern Region are officially recognised under the North Eastern Council (NEC), constituted in 1971 as the acting agency for the development of the north eastern states. Long after induction of NEC, Sikkim formed part of the North Eastern Region as the eighth state in 2002. India's Look-East connectivity projects connect Northeast India to China and ASEAN.
|Major cities (2011 Census of India)|
|• Total||262,230 km2 (101,250 sq mi)|
|• Density||170/km2 (450/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (Indian Standard Time)|
The earliest settlers may have been Austroasiatic languages speakers from Southeast Asia, followed by Tibeto-Burmese from China and by 500 B.C. Indo-Aryans speakers from Gangetic Plains. Due to the bio- and crop diversity of the region, archaeological researchers believe that early settlers of Northeast India had domesticated several important plants. Writers believe that the 100 BC writings of Chinese explorer, Zhang Qian indicate an early trade route via Northeast India. The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea mention a people called Sêsatai in the region, who produced malabathron, so prized in the old world.
In the early historical period (most of first millennium), Kamarupa straddled most of present-day Northeast India, besides Bhutan and Sylhet in Bangladesh. Xuanzang, a travelling Chinese Buddhist monk, visited Kamarupa in the 7th century. He described the people as "short in stature and black-looking", whose speech differed a little from mid-India and who were of simple but violent disposition. He wrote that the people in Kamarupa knew of Sichuan, which lay to the kingdom's east beyond a treacherous mountain.
The northeastern states were established during the British Raj of the 19th and early 20th centuries, when they became relatively isolated from traditional trading partners such as Bhutan and Myanmar. Many of the peoples in present-day Mizoram, Meghalaya and Nagaland converted to Christianity under the influence of British (Welsh) missionaries.
In the early 19th century, both the Ahom and the Manipur kingdoms fell to a Burmese invasion. The ensuing First Anglo-Burmese War resulted in the entire region coming under British control. In the colonial period (1826–1947), North East India was made a part of Bengal Province from 1839 to 1873, when Assam became its own province. In 1926,it became a part of Pakokku Hill Tracts Districts of British Burma except Assam, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh until 1948,January 4.
After Indian Independence from British Rule in 1947, the Northeastern region of British India consisted of Assam and the princely states of Manipur and Tripura. Subsequently, Nagaland in 1963, Meghalaya in 1972, Arunachal Pradesh in 1975 (capital changed to Itanagar) (formed on 20 February 1987) and Mizoram in 1987 were formed out of the large territory of Assam. Manipur and Tripura remained as Union Territories of India between 1956 until 1972, when they attained fully-fledged statehood. Sikkim was integrated as the eighth North Eastern Council state in 2002.
The city of Shillong served as the capital of the Assam province created during British Rule. It remained as the capital of undivided Assam until the formation of the state of Meghalaya in 1972. The capital of Assam was shifted to Dispur, a part of Guwahati, and Shillong was designated as the capital of Meghalaya.
|Arunachal Pradesh||North-East Frontier Agency||Itanagar||1987 (earlier a Union Territory of India, constituted in 1971)|
|Assam||Pragjyotisha, Kamarupa||Shillong (till 1969), Dispur||1947|
|Manipur||Kangleipak||Imphal||1971 (earlier a Union Territory of India, constituted in 1956)|
|Meghalaya||Khasi hills, Jaintia hills and Garo hills||Shillong||1971|
|Mizoram||Lushai hills||Aizawl||1987 (earlier a Union Territory of India, constituted in 1971)|
|Tripura||Tipperah||Agartala||1971 (earlier a Union Territory of India, constituted in 1956)|
The Seven Sister States is a popular term for the contiguous states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura prior to inclusion of the state of Sikkim into the North Eastern Region of India. The sobriquet 'Land of the Seven Sisters' was coined to coincide with the inauguration of the new states in January 1972 by Jyoti Prasad Saikia, a journalist in Tripura, in the course of a radio talk show. He later compiled a book on the interdependence and commonness of the Seven Sister States, and named it the Land of Seven Sisters. It has been primarily because of this publication that the nickname has caught on.
In 1944, the Japanese planned a daring attack on India. Traveling through Burma, its forces were stopped at Kohima and Imphal by British and Indian troops. This marked the furthest western expansion of the Japanese Empire; its defeat in this area presaged Allied victory.
Arunachal Pradesh, a state in the Northeastern tip of India, is claimed by China as South Tibet. Sino-Indian relations degraded, resulting in the Sino-Indian War of 1962. The cause of the escalation into war is still disputed by both Chinese and Indian sources. During the war in 1962, the PRC (China) captured much of the NEFA (North-East Frontier Agency) created by India in 1954. But on 21 November 1962, China declared a unilateral ceasefire, and withdrew its troops 20 kilometres (12 mi) behind the McMahon Line. It returned Indian prisoners of war in 1963.
The Northeast region can be physiographically categorised into the Eastern Himalaya, the Patkai and the Brahmaputra and the Barak valley plains. Northeast India (at the confluence of Indo-Malayan, Indo-Chinese, and Indian biogeographical realms) has a predominantly humid sub-tropical climate with hot, humid summers, severe monsoons, and mild winters. Along with the west coast of India, this region has some of the Indian subcontinent's last remaining rainforests, which support diverse flora and fauna and several crop species. Reserves of petroleum and natural gas in the region are estimated to constitute a fifth of India's total potential.
The region is covered by the mighty Brahmaputra-Barak river systems and their tributaries. Geographically, apart from the Brahmaputra, Barak and Imphal valleys and some flatlands in between the hills of Meghalaya and Tripura, the remaining two-thirds of the area is hilly terrain interspersed with valleys and plains; the altitude varies from almost sea-level to over 7,000 metres (23,000 ft) above MSL. The region's high rainfall, averaging around 10,000 millimetres (390 in) and above creates problems of the ecosystem, high seismic activity, and floods. The states of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim have a montane climate with cold, snowy winters and mild summers.
|Peak||State||Range/Region||Height (m)||Height (ft)||Coordinates|
|Kangchenjunga (shared with Nepal)||Sikkim||Eastern Himalaya||8,586||28,169|
|Kangto (shared with Tibet)||Arunachal Pradesh||Eastern Himalaya||7,090||23,261|
|Mount Saramati (Shared with Myanmar)||Nagaland||Naga Hills||3,841||12,602|
|Mount Iso (also known as Tenipu)||Manipur||Senapati District||2,994||9,823|
|Phawngpui (Blue Mountain)||Mizoram||Saiha District||2,165||7,103|
|Shillong Peak||Meghalaya||Khasi Hills||1,965||6,447|
|Unnamed peak near Laike||Assam||Dima Hasao District||1,960||6,430|
Tributaries of the Brahmaputra River in Northeast India:
Northeast India has a subtropical climate that is influenced by its relief and influences from the southwest and northeast monsoons. The Himalayas to the north, the Meghalaya plateau to the south and the hills of Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur to the east influences the climate. Since monsoon winds originating from the Bay of Bengal move northeast, these mountains force the moist winds upwards, causing them to cool adiabatically and condense into clouds, releasing heavy precipitation on these slopes. It is the rainiest region in the country, with many places receiving an average annual precipitation of 2,000 mm (79 in), which is mostly concentrated in summer during the monsoon season. Cherrapunji, located on the Meghalaya plateau is one of the rainiest place in the world with an annual precipitation of 11,777 mm (463.7 in). Temperatures are moderate in the Brahmaputra and Barak valley river plains which decreases with altitude in the hilly areas. At the highest altitudes, there is permanent snow cover.
Temperatures vary by altitude with the warmest places being in the Brahmaputra and Barak River plains and the coldest at the highest altitudes. It is also influenced by proximity to the sea with the valleys and western areas being close to the sea, which moderates temperatures. Generally, temperatures in the hilly and mountainous areas are generally lower than the plains which lie at a lower altitude. Summer temperatures tend to be more uniform than winter temperatures due to high cloud cover and humidity.
In the Brahmaputra and Barak valley river plains, mean winter temperatures vary between 16 to 17 °C (61 to 63 °F) while mean summer temperatures are around 28 °C (82 °F). The highest summer temperatures occur in the West Tripura plain with Agartala, the capital of Tripura having mean maximum summer temperatures ranging between 33 to 35 °C (91 to 95 °F) in April. The highest temperatures in summer occur before the arrival of monsoons and thus eastern areas have the highest temperatures in June and July where the monsoon arrives later than western areas. In the Cachar Plain, located south of the Brahmaputra plain, temperatures are higher than the Brahmaputra plain although the temperature range is smaller owing to higher cloud cover and the monsoons that moderate night temperatures year round.
In the mountainous areas of Arunachal Pradesh, the Himalayan ranges in the northern border with India and China experience the lowest temperatures with heavy snow during winter and temperatures that drop below freezing. Areas with altitudes exceeding 2,000 metres (6,562 ft) receive snowfall during winters and have cool summers. Below 2,000 metres (6,562 ft) above sea level, winter temperatures reach up to 15 °C (59 °F) during the day with nights dropping to zero while summers are cool, with a mean maximum of 25 °C (77 °F) and a mean minimum of 15 °C (59 °F). In the hilly areas of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram, winters are cold while summers are cool.
The plains in Manipur has colder winter minimums than what is warranted by its elevation owing to being surrounded by hills on all sides. This is due to temperature inversions during winter nights when cold air descends from the hills into the valleys below and its geographic location which prevents winds that bring hot temperatures and humidity from coming into the Manipur plain.
The southwest monsoon is responsible for bringing 90% of the annual rainfall to the region. April to late October are the months where most of the rainfall in Northeast India occurs with June and July being the rainiest months. Southern areas are the first to receive the monsoon (May or June) with the Brahmaputra valley and the mountainous north receiving later (later May or June). In the hilly parts of Mizoram, the closer proximity to the Bay of Bengal causes it to experience early monsoons with June being the wettest season.
The North Eastern Region of India is a mega-earthquake prone zone caused by active fault planes beneath formed by the convergence of three tectonic plates viz. India Plate, Eurasian Plate and Burma Plate. Historically the region has suffered from two great earthquakes (M > 8.0) – 1897 Assam earthquake and 1950 Assam-Tibet earthquake – and about 20 large earthquakes (8.0 > M > 7.0) since 1897. The 1950 Assam-Tibet earthquake is still the largest earthquake in India.
WWF has identified the entire Eastern Himalayas as a priority Global 200 Ecoregion. Conservation International has upscaled the Eastern Himalaya hotspot to include all the eight states of Northeast India, along with the neighbouring countries of Bhutan, southern China and Myanmar.
The region has been identified by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research as a center of rice germplasm. The National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), India, has highlighted the region as being rich in wild relatives of crop plants. It is the center of origin of citrus fruits. Two primitive variety of maize, Sikkim Primitive 1 and 2, have been reported from Sikkim (Dhawan, 1964). Although jhum cultivation, a traditional system of agriculture, is often cited as a reason for the loss of forest cover of the region, this primary agricultural economic activity practiced by local tribes supported the cultivation of 35 varieties of crops. The region is rich in medicinal plants and many other rare and endangered taxa. Its high endemism in both higher plants, vertebrates, and avian diversity has qualified it as a biodiversity hotspot.
The following figures highlight the biodiversity significance of the region:
The International Council for Bird Preservation, UK identified the Assam plains and the Eastern Himalaya as an Endemic Bird Area (EBA). The EBA has an area of 220,000 km2 following the Himalayan range in the countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Myanmar and the Indian states of Sikkim, northern West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, southern Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram. Because of a southward occurrence of this mountain range in comparison to other Himalayan ranges, this region has a distinctly different climate, with warmer mean temperatures and fewer days with frost, and much higher rainfall. This has resulted in the occurrence of a rich array of restricted-range bird species. More than two critically endangered species, three endangered species, and 14 vulnerable species of birds are in this EBA. Stattersfield et al. (1998) identified 22 restricted range species, out of which 19 are confined to this region and the remaining three are present in other endemic and secondary areas. Eleven of the 22 restricted-range species found in this region are considered as threatened (Birdlife International 2001), a number greater than in any other EBA of India.
WWF has identified the following priority ecoregions in North-East India:
|National park||Location||State||Area (km2)||Importance||Vegetation|
|Namdapha National Park||Changlang district||Arunachal Pradesh||1,985||Largest protected area in Eastern Himalaya||Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests, montane forests|
|Manas National Park||Barpeta district||Assam||950||UNESCO World Heritage Site||Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests|
|Kaziranga National Park||Golaghat and Nagaon districts||Assam|| 882||UNESCO World Heritage Site||Brahmaputra Valley semi-evergreen forests, Terai-Duar savanna and grasslands|
|Khangchendzonga National Park||North Sikkim district||Sikkim||850||UNESCO Mixed World Heritage Site and highest altitude wildlife protected area in India||Sub-tropical to Alpine, Krummholz (stunted forest)|
|Mouling National Park||Upper Siang, West Siang and East Siang districts||Arunachal Pradesh||483||Tropical to Temperate forests|
|Dibru-Saikhowa National Park||Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts||Assam||350||Brahmaputra Valley semi-evergreen forests||
|Balphakram National Park||South Garo Hills district||Meghalaya||220||Sub-tropical evergreen deciduous forests|
|Intangki National Park||Peren district||Nagaland||202||Temperate evergreen forests|
|Nameri National Park||Sonitpur district||Assam||200||Brahmaputra Valley semi-evergreen forests|
|Murlen National Park||Champhai district||Mizoram||100||Montane sub-tropical semi-evergreen forest|
|Orang National Park||Darrang and Sonitpur||Assam||79||Eastern seasonal swamp forests, Eastern Himalayan moist mixed deciduous forests, eastern wet alluvial grasslands|
|Phawngpui National Park||Lawngtlai district||Mizoram||50||Temperate forests|
|Nokrek National Park||West Garo Hills district||Meghalaya||48||Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests|
|Sirohi National Park||Ukhrul district||Manipur||41||Mizoram-Manipur-Kachin rainforest|
|Keibul Lamjao National Park||Bishnupur district||Manipur||40||World's only floating National park||Phumdi (floating marshes)|
|Bison (Rajbari) National Park||South Tripura district||Tripura||32||Tropical semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests|
|Clouded Leopard National Park||Sepahijala district||Tripura||5||Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests|
|Animal||Mithun (Bos frontalis)||Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)||Sangai (Rucervus eldii eldii)||Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa)|
|Bird||Hornbill (Buceros bicornis)||White-winged duck (Asarcornis scutulata)||Mrs. Hume's pheasant (Syrmaticus humiae)||Hill myna (Gracula religiosa)|
|Flower||Foxtail orchid (Rhynchostylis retusa)||Foxtail orchid (Rhynchostylis retusa)||Siroi lily (Lilium mackliniae)||Lady's Slipper Orchid (Paphiopedilum insigne)|
|Tree||Hollong (Dipterocarpus macrocarpus)||Hollong (Dipterocarpus macrocarpus)||Uningthou (Phoebe hainesiana)||Gamhar (Gmelina arborea)|
|Animal||Himalayan serow (Capricornis thar)||Mithun (Bos frontalis)||Red panda (Ailurus fulgens)||Phayre's leaf monkey (Trachypithecus phayrei)|
|Bird||Mrs. Hume's pheasant (Syrmaticus humiae)||Blyth's tragopan (Tragopan blythii)||Blood pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus)||Green imperial pigeon (Ducula aenea)|
|Flower||Red Vanda (Renanthera imschootiana)||Tree rhododendron (Rhododendron arboreum)||Noble dendrobium (Dendrobium nobile)||Indian rose chestnut (Mesua ferrea)|
|Tree||Indian rose chestnut (Mesua ferrea)||Alder (Alnus nepalensis)||Rhododendron (Rhododendron niveum)||Agarwood (Aquillaria agallocha)|
The total population of Northeast India is 46 million with 68 percent of that living in Assam alone. Assam also has a higher population density of 397 persons per km² than the national average of 382 persons per km². The literacy rates in the states of the Northeastern region, except those in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, are higher than the national average of 74 percent. As per 2011 census, Meghalaya recorded the highest population growth of 27.8 percent among all the states of the region, higher than the national average at 17.64 percent; while Nagaland recorded the lowest in the entire country with a negative 0.5 percent.
|State||Population||Males||Females||Sex Ratio||Literacy %||Rural Population||Urban Population||Area (km²)||Density (/km²)|
According to 2011 Census of India, the largest cities in Northeast India are
UA: Urban Agglomeration
Northeast India constitutes a single linguistic region within the Indian national context, with about 220 languages in multiple language families (Indo-European, Trans-Himalayan/Sino-Tibetan, Kra–Dai, Austroasiatic, as well as some creole languages) that share a number of features that set them apart from most other areas of the Indian subcontinent (such as alveolar consonants rather than the more typical dental/retroflex distinction). Assamese, an Indo-Aryan language spoken mostly in the Brahmaputra Valley, developed as a lingua franca for many speech communities. Assamese-based pidgin/creoles have developed in Nagaland (Nagamese) and Arunachal (Nefamese), though their use has been on a decline in recent times. The Austro-Asiatic family is represented by the Khasi, Jaintia and War languages of Meghalaya. A small number of Tai–Kadai languages (Ahom, Tai Phake, Khamti, etc.) are also spoken. Trans-Himalayan/Sino-Tibetan is represented by a number of languages that differ significantly from each other, some of which are: Bodo, Rabha, Karbi, Mising, Tiwa, Deori, Biate etc. (Assam); Garo, Hajong, Biate (Meghalaya) Ao, Angami, Sema, Lotha, Konyak etc.(Nagaland); Mizo, Hmar, Chakma (Mizoram); Hrusso, Tanee, Nisi, Adi, Abor, Nocte, Apatani, Misimi etc. (Arunachal). Meitei is the official language in Manipur, the dominant language of the Imphal Valley; while "Naga" languages such as Poumai, Mao, Maram, Rongmei (Kabui) and Tangkul, and Kuki-Chin languages such as Thadou-Kuki, Hmar, Simte and Paite predominate in individual hill areas of the state.
Among other Indo-Aryan languages, Bengali is spoken in South Assam in the Barak Valley. Besides the Sino-Tibetan Tripuri language, Bengali is a majority language in Tripura. Nepali, an Indo-Aryan language, is dominant in Sikkim, besides the Sino-Tibetan languages Limbu, Bhutia and Lepcha. Bengali was the official language of Colonial Assam for about forty years from the 1830s.
|Arunachal Pradesh||Hindi, English|
|Assam||Assamese, Bengali (in the Barak Valley), Bodo (in Bodoland)|
|Meghalaya||Khasi, Garo, English|
|Tripura||Bengali, Kokborok, English|
|Name of state||Origin||Literal meaning|
|Arunachal Pradesh||Sanskrit||Land of the rising sun|
|Assam||Native word||Name derived from the Ahom people|
|Manipur||Sanskrit||Land abundant with jewels, adopted in the 18th century|
|Meghalaya||Sanskrit||Abode of the clouds, coined by Shiba P. Chatterjee|
|Mizoram||Mizo language||Land of the Mizo people|
|Nagaland||English||Land of the Naga people|
|Sikkim||Limbu Language||New House – Derived from the word "Sukhim", "Su" meaning new and "Khim" meaning house|
|Tripura||Kokborok||Sanskrit version of native names: Tipra, Tuipura, Twipra etc. It literally means Land near the Water – Derived from the word "TWIPRA", "Twi" meaning water and "Bupra" meaning near. As Tripura is slightly near the Bay of Bengal|
Given the diverse population in the region with only a few widely spoken ones recognised as the official languages by both the state and central governments, a large number of languages from the North Eastern Region of India have become vulnerable. Without proper teaching and preservation efforts, the already underdeveloped literature of the endangered languages are on the verge of extinction. Additionally, the younger generation are rapidly adopting the widely spoken languages to secure employment and livelihood.
|State||Hinduism||Islam||Christianity||Buddhism||Jainism||Sikhism||Other Religions||Religion Not Stated|
Northeast India has over 220 ethnic groups and an equal number of dialects in which Bodo form the largest indigenous ethnic group. The hills states in the region like Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Nagaland are predominantly inhabited by tribal people with a degree of diversity even within the tribal groups. The region's population results from ancient and continuous flows of migrations from Tibet, Indo-Gangetic India, the Himalayas, present Bangladesh, and Myanmar.
|State||Staple diet||Popular dishes||Related article|
|Arunachal Pradesh||Rice, fish, meat, leaf vegetables||Thukpa, momo, apong (rice beer)||Cuisine of Arunachal Pradesh|
|Assam||Rice, fish, meat, leaf vegetable||Assam tea, khar, tenga, pura, pitha, tamul (betel nut) – paan, rice beer||Assamese cuisine|
|Manipur||Rice, fish, local vegetables||Eromba, u-morok, singju, ngari (fermented fish), kangshoi||Cuisine of Manipur|
|Meghalaya||Rice, spiced meat, fish||Jadoh, ki kpu, minil, nakham (dried fish), momo, bamboo shoot||Cuisine of Meghalaya|
|Mizoram||Rice, fish, meat||Bai, bekang (fermented soya beans), sa-um (fermented pork), sawhchiar|
|Nagaland||Rice, meat, stewed or steamed vegetables||fermented bamboo shoot, smoked pork and beef, axone, bhut jolokia||Naga cuisine|
|Sikkim||Rice, meat, dairy products||Thukpa, momo, sha Phaley, gundruk, sinki, sel roti||Sikkimese cuisine|
|Tripura||Rice, fish, meat||Fish stew, bamboo shoot, fermented fish||Bengali Cuisine, Tripuri cuisine|
Sattriya (from Assam) and Manipuri dance (from Manipur) have been listed as classical dances of India. Besides these, all tribes in Northeast India have their own folk dances associated with their religion and festivals. The tribal heritage in the region is rich with the practice of hunting, land cultivation and indigenous crafts. The rich culture is vibrant and visible with the traditional attires of each community.
All states in Northeast India share the handicrafts of bamboo and cane, wood carving, making traditional weapons and musical instruments, pottery and handloom weaving. Traditional tribal attires are made of thick fabrics primarily with cotton. Assam silk is a famous industry in the region.
|State||Traditional Performing Arts||Traditional Visual Arts||Traditional Crafts|
|Arunachal Pradesh||Wancho dances, Idu Mishmi dance, Digaru Mishmi Buiya dance, Khampti dance, Ponung dance, Sadinuktso||Cane and bamboo, cotton and wool weaving, wood carving, blacksmithy (hand tools, weapons, ornaments, dishes, sacred bells and smoking pipes)|
|Assam||Sattriya, Bagurumba, Bihu dance, Bhaona (For more see Music of Assam)||Hastividyarnava (For more see Fine Arts of Assam)||Cane and bamboo, bell metal and brass, silk, toy and mask making, pottery and terracotta, jewellery, musical instruments making, boat making, paints|
|Manipur||Manipuri dance (Ras Lila), Kartal Cholom, Manjira Cholom, Khubak Eshei, Pung Cholom, Lai-Haraoba||Cotton textile, bamboo crafts (hats, baskets), pottery|
|Meghalaya||Nongkrem, Shad suk, Behdienkhlam, Wangala, Lahoo dance (For more see Music of Meghalaya)||Making hand tools and weapons, musical instruments (drums), cane and bamboo work, weaving traditional attires, jewellery making (gold, coral, glass), wall engravings, wood carving|
|Mizoram||Cheraw, Khuallam, Chheih-Lam, Chai, Rallu-Lam, Solakia, Sarlamkai, Par-lam, Sakei Lu Lam (For more see Music of Mizoram)||Traditional hand tools, weapons and textile work, bamboo and cane handicrafts|
|Nagaland||Zeliang dance, war dance, Nruirolians (cock dance) (For more see Music of Nagaland)||Cane and bamboo crafts, traditional hand tools, weapons and textile work, wood carving, pottery, ornaments for traditional attire, musical instruments (drum and trumpet)|
|Sikkim||Chu Faat dance, Lu Khangthamo, Gha To Kito, Rechungma, Maruni, Tamang Selo, Singhi Chaam, Yak Chaam, Khukuri dance, Rumtek Chaam (mask dance) (See also Music of Sikkim)||Thangka (showcasing Buddhist teachings on cotton canvas using vegetable dyes)||Handmade paper, carpet making, woollen textile, wood carving|
|Tripura||Goria dance, Jhum dance, Lebang dance, Mamita dance, Mosak sulmani dance, Hojagiri dance, Bizhu dance, Wangala, Hai-hak dance, Sangrai dance, Owa dance||Cane and bamboo, weaving and handloom, sitalpati (mat making), wood carving, string and wind musical instruments|
Northeast is a hub of different genres of music. Each community has its own rich heritage of folk music. Talented musicians and singers are plentifully found in this part of the country. The Assamese singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika achieved national and international fame with his remarkable creations. Zubeen Garg, Papon, Anurag Saikia are some notable singers, musicians from the state of Assam. Tangkhul Naga folk blue singer like Rewben Mashangva, who comes from Ukhrul, is an acclaimed Folk singer whose music is inspired by the like of Bob Dylan and Bob Marley. Another famous folk singing band from Nagaland popularly known as Tetseo Sisters is one to be noted for their original music genre. However, younger generation has started pursuing western music more and more nowadays. Northeast is witnessing immense rise of musical revolution in the 21st century.
Many of the Northeast Indian indigenous communities have an ancient heritage of folktales which tell the tale of their origin, rituals, beliefs and so on. These tales are transmitted from one generation to another in oral form. They are remarkable instances of tribal wisdom and imagination. However, Assam and Manipur have some ancient written texts. These states were mentioned in the great Hindu epic Mahabharata. The Saptakanda Ramayana In Assamese By Madhava Kandali is considered the first Translation of the Sanskrit Ramayana into a modern Indo-Aryan Language. Karbi Ramayana bears witness to the old heritage of written literature in Assam. The last quarter of the 20th century saw the rise of modern literature in the Northeast. Most of the writers, especially the tribal writers, are bilingual, that is, they write both in their mother tongue and English. Some of the general features of this literature are—retrieval of folklore, celebration of folk culture, identity politics, reaction to the insurgency and counter-insurgency operations, depiction of natural beauty, changes meted out by time, etc. The major writers of Northeast Literature are--(from Assam) Lakshminath Bezbaroa, Homen Borgohain,Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya, Harekrishna Deka, Rongbong Terang Nilmani Phukan, Indira Goswami, Hiren Bhattacharyya, Mitra Phukan, Jahnavi Barua, Dhruba Hazarika, D N Bezbarua, Nilim Kumar, Anupama Basumatary, Uddipana Goswami, Anjum Hassan, Aruni Kashyap; (from Arunachal Pradesh) Mamang Dai; (from Manipur) Robin S Ngangom, Ratan Thiyam, Thangjam Ibopishak, Gambhini Devi, T Bijoykumar Singh; (from Meghalaya) Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih, Esther Syiem, Desmond Kharmawphlang, Paul Lyngdoh; (from Mizoram) Mona Zote; (from Nagaland) Temsula Ao, Cherrie Chhangte, Easterine Kire; (from Sikkim) Sudha M Rai, Rajendra Bhandari (from Tripura) Chandrakanta Murasingh. Temsula Ao is the first writer from Northeast India to be awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award (2013) in the Indian English Literature category for her collection of short stories, Laburnum for My Head, and Padmashree (2007). Easterine Kire is the first English novelist hailed from Nagaland. She received The Hindu Literary Prize (2015) for her novel Bitter Wormwood. Indira Goswami, alias Mamoni Roisom Goswami, is an acclaimed Assamese writer. Her novels include Moth-Eaten Howda of the Tusker, Pages Stained with Blood, The Shadow of Kamakhya and The Blue-Necked God. Mamang Dai won the Sahitya Akademi Award (2017) for her novel The Black Hill.
|State||Code||Capital||Districts||Sub-division Type||Number of Subdivisions|
|Meghalaya||IN-ML||Shillong||11||Community Development Block||39|
|Mizoram||IN-MZ||Aizawl||8||Community Development Block||22|
|Assam||Bodoland Territorial Area Districts||February 2003|
|Dima Hasao district||February 1970|
|Karbi Anglong district||February 1970|
|Mising Autonomous Council||1995|
|Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council||1995|
|Manipur||Churachandpur Autonomous District Council||1971|
|Chandel Autonomous District Council||1971|
|Senapati Autonomous District Council||1971|
|Sadar Hills Autonomous District Council||1971|
|Tamenglong Autonomous District Council||1971|
|Ukhrul Autonomous District Council||1971|
|Meghalaya||Garo Hills Autonomous District Council|
|Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council||July 2012|
|Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council|
|Mizoram||Chakma Autonomous District Council||April 1972|
|Lai Autonomous District Council||April 1972|
|Mara Autonomous District Council||May 1971|
|Tripura||Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council||January 1982|
The northeastern states, having 3.8% of India's total population, are allotted 25 out of a total of 543 seats in the Lok Sabha. This is 4.6% of the total number of seats.
|State||Chief Minister||Governor||High Court||Chief Justice|
|Arunachal Pradesh||Pema Khandu||B. D. Mishra||Guwahati High Court (Itanagar Bench)||Justice Ajit Singh|
|Assam||Sarbananda Sonowal||Professor Jagdish Mukhi||Guwahati High Court||Justice Ajit Singh|
|Manipur||Nongthombam Biren Singh||Najma Heptulla||Manipur High Court||Justice N. Kotiswar Singh|
|Meghalaya||Conrad Sangma||Tathagata Roy||Meghalaya High Court||Justice Dinesh Maheshwari|
|Mizoram||Lal Thanhawla||Professor Jagdish Mukhi||Guwahati High Court (Aizawl Bench)||Justice Ajit Singh|
|Nagaland||Neiphiu Rio||Shri Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya||Guwahati High Court (Kohima Bench)||Justice Ajit Singh|
|Sikkim||Pawan Kumar Chamling||Ganga Prasad||Sikkim High Court||Justice Satish K. Agnihotri|
|Tripura||Biplab Kumar Deb||Kaptan Singh Solanki||Tripura High Court||Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei|
In 1947 Indian independence and partition resulted in the North East becoming a landlocked region. This exacerbated the isolation that has been recognized, but not studied. East Pakistan controlled access to the Indian Ocean. The mountainous terrain has hampered the construction of road and railways connections in the region.
Several militant groups have formed an alliance to fight against the governments of India, Bhutan, and Myanmar, and now use the term "Western Southeast Asia" (WESEA) to refer to the region. The separatist groups include the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak-Pro (PREPAK-Pro), Revolutionary People's Front (RPF) and United National Liberation Front (UNLF) of Manipur, Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) of Meghalaya, Kamatapur Liberation Organization (KLO), which operates in Assam and North Bengal, National Democratic Front of Bodoland and ULFA of Assam, and the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT).
The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDoNER) is the deciding body under Government of India for socio-economic development in the region. The North Eastern Council under MDoNER serves as the regional governing body for Northeast India. The North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (NEDFi) is a Public Limited Company providing assistance to micro, small, medium and large enterprises within the northeastern region (NER). Other organizations under MDoNER include North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC), Sikkim Mining Corporation Limited (SMC) and North Eastern Handlooms and Handicrafts Development Corporation (NEHHDC).
The economy is agrarian. Little land is available for settled agriculture. Along with settled agriculture, jhum (slash-and-burn) cultivation is still practised by a few indigenous groups of people. The inaccessible terrain and internal disturbances has made rapid industrialisation difficult in the region.
Living Root Bridges
Northeast India is also the home of many Living root bridges. In Meghalaya, these can be found in the southern Khasi and Jaintia Hills. They are still widespread in the region, though as a practice they are fading out, with many examples having been destroyed in floods or replaced by more standard structures in recent years. Living root bridges have also been observed in the state of Nagaland, near the Indo-Myanmar border.
Northeast India has several newspapers in both English and regional languages. The largest circulated English daily in Assam is The Assam Tribune. In Meghalaya, The Shillong Times is the highest circulated newspaper. In Nagaland, Nagaland Post has the highest number of readers. G Plus is the only print and digital English weekly tabloid published from Guwahati. In Manipur, Imphal Free Press is a highly respected newspaper. in Arunachal Pradesh, The Arunachal Times is the highest circulated newspaper in Arunachal Pradesh.
States in the North Eastern Region are well connected by air-transport conducting regular flights to all major cities in the country. The states also own several small airstrips for military and private purposes which may be accessed using Pawan Hans helicopter services. The region currently has two international airports viz. Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport and Bir Tikendrajit International Airport conducting flights to Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan. While the airport in Sikkim is under-construction, Bagdogra Airport (IATA: IXB, ICAO: VEBD) remains the closest domestic airport to the state.
|Arunachal Pradesh||Itanagar Airport (Under construction)||Itanagar|
|Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport||Guwahati||GAU|
|Manipur||Bir Tikendrajit International Airport||Imphal||IMF|
|Meghalaya||Baljek Airport||Tura||VETU (ICAO)|
|Tripura||Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport||Agartala||IXA|
Railway in Northeast India is delineated as Northeast Frontier Railway zone of Indian Railways. The regional network is underdeveloped with the states of Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim remaining almost disconnected till date (11 June 2017). However, projects are underway to extend the network and connect all the capital cities in the region.
In the 21st century, there has been recognition among policymakers and economists of the region that the main stumbling block for economic development of the Northeastern region is the disadvantageous geographical location. It was argued that globalisation propagates deterritorialisation and a borderless world which is often associated with economic integration. With 98 percent of its borders with China, Myanmar, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal, Northeast India appears to have a better scope for development in the era of globalisation. As a result, a new policy developed among intellectuals and politicians that one direction the Northeastern region must be looking to as a new way of development lies with political integration with the rest of India and economic integration with the rest of Asia and Oceania, with North, East and Southeast Asia, Micronesia and Polynesia in particular, as the policy of economic integration with the rest of India did not yield much dividends. With the development of this new policy, the Government of India directed its Look East policy towards developing the Northeastern region. This policy is reflected in the Year End Review 2004 of the Ministry of External Affairs, which stated that: "India’s Look East Policy has now been given a new dimension by the UPA Government. India is now looking towards a partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN countries, both within BIMSTEC and the India-ASEAN Summit dialogue as integrally linked to economic and security interests, particularly for India’s East and North East region."
The 2016 Imphal earthquake struck northeast India in the state of Manipur on January 4 with a moment magnitude of 6.7 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII (Very strong). At least eleven people were killed, 200 others were injured and numerous buildings were damaged. The quake was also strongly felt in Bangladesh. It was also extensively felt in eastern and north-eastern India. The earthquake, which hit at 4:35 a.m. on 4 January local time (23:05 UTC, 3 January), was centered in an isolated area. Imphal has a population of more than 250,000. It was one of the most damaging earthquakes in Manipur since 1880 and 1939.Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh (, "the land of dawn-lit mountains") is one of the 29 states of India and is the northeastern-most state of the country. Arunachal Pradesh borders the states of Assam and Nagaland to the south and shares international borders with Bhutan in the west, Myanmar in the east and is separated from China in the north by the McMahon Line. Itanagar is the capital of the state.
A major part of the state is claimed by the People's Republic of China, who refers to it as "South Tibet". During the 1962 Sino-Indian war, Chinese forces temporarily crossed the McMahon line, the border line between the state and China.Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains is the sobriquet for the state in Sanskrit; it is also known as the Orchid State of India or the Paradise of the Botanists. Geographically, it is the largest of the Seven Sister States of Northeast India.Chuak
Chuak is the traditional Tripuri rice-beer, popular in Northeast India. It is made by fermenting rice in water. It's usually drunk on social occasions of any Tripuri ceremony as a ritual. Chuak is offered to village elders on any occasion or celebration in a traditional Tripuri family.Council of Baptist Churches in Northeast India
Council of Baptist Churches in Northeast India is a major Christian denomination of North East India. It is a member of the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation.
It is also a member body of the North East India Christian Council, the regional council of the National Council of Churches in India. The Council of Baptist Churches in Northeast India has about 1,099,548 members in 5,585 churches.Ethnic conflict in Nagaland
The ethnic conflict in Nagaland, in northeastern India, is an ongoing conflict fought between the ethnic Nagas and the governments of India and Myanmar. Nagaland inhabited by the Nagas is located at the tri-junction border of India on the West and South, north and Myanmar on the East.
"National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang)", which wants an independent "greater Nagaland" to include territory now in Myanmar, based on ethnicity; and the "Naga National Council (Adino)".The question of "Naga Sovereignty" was put to plebiscite on 16 May 1951. In order to defend themselves, the Naga after much deliberation formed the armed wing of NNC, came to be known as NSG (Naga Safe Guards) under Kaito Sukhai.Ganges Basin
The Ganges basin is a part of the Ganges-Brahmaputra basin draining 1,086,000 square kilometres in Tibet, Nepal, India and Bangladesh. To the north, the Himalaya or lower parallel ranges beyond form the Ganges-Brahmaputra divide. On the west the Ganges Basin borders the Indus basin and then the Aravalli ridge. Southern limits are the Vindhyas and Chota Nagpur Plateau. On the east the Ganges merges with the Brahmaputra through a complex system of common distributaries into the Bay of Bengal. Its catchment lies in the states of Uttar Pradesh (294,364 km²), Madhya Pradesh (198,962 km²), Bihar (143,961 km²), Rajasthan (112,490 km²), West Bengal (71,485 km²), Haryana (34,341 km²), Himachal Pradesh (4,317 km²) , Delhi, Arunachal pradesh(1,484 km²), the whole of Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. Several tributaries rise inside Tibet before flowing south through Nepal. The basin has a population of more than 500 million, making it the most populated river basin in the world.Gurung people
The Gurung people, also called Tamu, are an ethnic group from different parts of Nepal. They are one of the main Gurkha tribes. They believe that until the 15th century they were ruled by a Gurung king. When the British Empire came to South Asia, the Gurung people began serving the British in Army regiments of Gurkhas.Guwahati
Guwahati (formerly known as Gauhati) is the largest city in the Indian state of Assam and also the largest metropolis in the Northeast India. A major riverine port city and one of the fastest growing cities in India, Guwahati is situated on the south bank of the Brahmaputra.The ancient cities of Pragjyotishpura and Durjaya (North Guwahati) were the capitals of the ancient state of Kamarupa.
Many ancient Hindu temples like the Kamakhya Temple and Umananda Temple are in the city, giving it the name "City of Temples". Dispur, the capital of Assam, is in the circuit city region located within Guwahati and is the seat of the Government of Assam.
Guwahati lies between the banks of the Brahmaputra River and the foothills of the Shillong plateau, with LGB International Airport to the west and the town of Narengi to the east. The North Guwahati area, to the northern bank of the Brahmaputra, is being gradually incorporated into the city limits. The noted Madan Kamdev is situated 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Guwahati. The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), the city's local government, administers an area of 328 square kilometres (127 sq mi), while the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) is the planning and development body of greater Guwahati Metropolitan Area. Guwahati is the largest city in Northeast India.The Guwahati region hosts diverse wildlife including rare animals such as Asian elephants, pythons, tigers, rhinoceros, gaurs, primate species, and endangered birds.Hariya
Hariya is a beer, originating from Northeast India, made from rice.Insurgency in Northeast India
Insurgency in Northeast India involves multiple armed separatist factions operating in India's northeastern states, which are connected to the rest of India by the Siliguri Corridor, a strip of land as narrow as 14 miles (23 km) wide. Some factions favour a separate state while others seek regional autonomy. Some groups demand complete independence. Others wanted religious law.
Northeastern India consists of seven states (also known as the Seven Sister States): Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, and Nagaland. Tensions exist between these states and the central government as well as amongst their native tribal people and migrants from other parts of India. Regional tensions eased off in late 2013, with the Indian and state governments making a concerted effort to raise the living standards of people in these regions. However, in late 2014 tensions again rose as the Indian government launched an offensive, which led to a retaliatory attack on civilians by tribal guerrillas. As of 1 January 2015, major militant activities are being conducted in Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura.
The 2014 Indian general election had an 80% voter turnout in all northeastern states, the highest among all states of India. Indian authorities claim that this shows the faith of the northeastern people in Indian democracy. Despite this, a number of organizations listed as terrorist groups continue to promote an insurgency.Kuki people
The Kukis constitute one of several hill tribes within India, Bangladesh, and Burma. As Chin in the Chin State of Myanmar and as Mizo in the State of Mizoram in India are a number of related Tibeto-Burman tribal peoples spread throughout the northeastern states of India, northwestern Burma, and the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. In Northeast India, they are present in all states except Arunachal Pradesh. This dispersal across international borders is a culmination of punitive actions made by the British during their occupation of India.Some fifty tribes of Kuki peoples in India are recognised as scheduled tribes based on the dialect spoken by that particular Kuki community as well as their region of origin.
The name "Chin" is disputed. During the British occupation of India, the British used the compound term 'Chin-Kuki-Mizo' to group the Kukish language speaking people, and the Government of India "inherited" this. Missionaries chose to employ the term Chin to christen those on the Burmese side and the term Kuki on the Indian side of the border. Chin nationalist leaders in Burma's Chin State popularised the term "Chin" following Burma's independence from Britain.More recently Chin and Kuki have been rejected by some for Zomi, a name common to several peoples speaking small Northern Kukish languages, including the Zou. which other groups like Hmars, Zou/Zo Hmal and Koms may not co-opt for themselves. The term Mizo also can cause confusion, particularly following the emergence of the Zomi National Congress.List of Christian denominations in Northeast India
The following shows the Christian denominations present in North East India, along with number of churches and approximate number of Church members.Lyngngam language
Lyngam is an Austroasiatic language of Northeast India closely related to Khasi. Once listed as a dialect of Khasi, Lyngam has in recent literature been classified as a distinct language. Lyngam speakers have food and dress similar to the neighboring Garo people.Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region
The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region is a Government of India ministry, established in September 2001, which functions as the nodal Department of the Central Government to deal with matters related to the socio-economic development of the eight States of Northeast India, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. It acts as a facilitator between the Central Ministries/ Departments and the State Governments of the North Eastern Region in the economic development including removal of infrastructural bottlenecks, provision of basic minimum services, creating an environment for private investment and to remove impediments to lasting peace and security in the North Eastern Region.
The current, Minister of Development of North Eastern Region is Jitendra Singh (Minister of state, Independent Charge).Northeast India International Travel Mart
Northeast India International Travel Mart (NEITM or ITM) is a tourism event to showcase the Northeastern region of India, which is popularly known as North East (NE). This event is organised by Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India in association with hosting State Govts. and other States of the region. The regional states are Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and West Bengal. One of the 9 states hosts the event annually. ITM had taken the first step at Haru Hojai Stadium, Guwahati in January 2013 thereafter 3 states hosted the event. This year Assam hosts for 2nd time the 3 days event at Taj Vivanta Hotel, Guwahati from 5 to 7 December 2017.Paite people
Paite are a tribe dwelling in India.Pnar people
The Pnar, also known as Jaintia, are a sub-tribal group of Khasi Tribe in Meghalaya, India. The Jaintias are matrilineal. They speaks the Pnar Language which belong to Austro-Asiatic language family.Rajbongshi people
The Rajbongshi (also known as Rangpuri, Rajbanshi and Koch Rajbongshi) are one of the indigenous ethnic groups inhabiting parts of Assam, Meghalaya, northern West Bengal, and some pockets on the eastern parts of Nepal, Bihar, Bhutan and northern Bangladesh.Tourism in North East India
Northeast India consists of the eight states Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. This article covers tourist attractions in the Northeast region of India.
Places adjacent to Northeast India
Autonomous areas of Northeast India