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Mizoram


 

Quick Information

State Area (Sq. Km.)

21,081

State Capital

Aizawl

Major Language(s)

Mizo and English

Number of Districts

8

Population

891,058

Males

459,783

Females

431,275

Growth Rate 1991-2001

29.18 %

Density

42

Urban Population

49.50 %

Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 Males)

938

Literacy Rate

88.49 %

Males

90.69 %

Females

86.13 %

Legislature

Legislative Assembly

Judicature

High Court, Guwahati

Governor

Lt. General (Retd.) M.M. Lakhera, PVSM, AVSM, VSM

Address

Raj Bhawan, Aizawl-796001, Mizoram

Office No.

0389-2322262, 0389-2323200, 0389-2326050

Residence No.

0389 - 2322262, 2323200

Fax

0389 - 2323344

email

Chief Minister

Sri Zoramthanga

Address

Banglow Macdonald Hill, H.B. - 795 001

Office No.

0389-2322150, 2322205, 2322245

Residence No.

0389 - 2322425, 2322274, 2323178

Fax

0389 - 2322245

email

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Chief Secretary Sri Hauzel Haukhum , IAS/ AGMU : 72

Address

 Aziwal  

Office No.

0389-2322411 / 2322412, 

Residence No.

0389-2322411

Fax

0389-2322745 / 2323467

email

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General Information

The hilly city Aizawl located nearly 4,000 feet above sea-level, is a religious and cultural center of Mizoram where indigenous handicrafts are also available. Champhai is a beautiful resort on the Myanmar border. Tamdil a natural lake with virgin forest is 60 km from Aizawl and 10 km from tourist resort of Saitual, Vantawng falls, five km from hill station Thezawl, are the highest and most beautiful waterfalls in Mizoram. The department of tourism has opened Tourist Lodge at Aizawl, Lunglei, Champhai and wayside restaurant at Thingdawl, Hnahthial, recreational center at Beraw Tiang and Alpine picnic hut at District Park near Zobawk. 

Mizoram is one of the seven northeastern states of India, bordered by Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) to the east and south, Bangladesh to the west, and by the states of Manipur, Assam, and Tripura to the north. Mizoram means.  Land of the Highlanders, in the local language, Mizo.  The Mizo Hills, which dominate the state's topography, rise to more than 2000 m (6560 ft) near the Myanmar border.  Aizawl, the state capital, is 1220 m (4000 ft) above sea level.

An amalgam of the former north and south Lushai hill districts, Mizoram is a land of great natural beauty, an endless variety of landscape with rich flora and fauna, clusters of whispering pines and quaint villages with houses on stilts.

The Tropic of Cancer runs through the heart of Mizoram, and hence, it has a pleasantly temperate climate throughout the year. A land of steep hills and deep gorges, Mizoram's highest peak 'The Blue Mountain' rises to a height of 2165 metres. Important rivers that flow through this hilly state are Tlawang, Sonai, Tuivawl, Kolodine and Kamaphuli.

Mizoram has a single-chamber Legislative Assembly of 40 seats. The state sends two members to the Indian national parliament: one to the Rajya Sabha (upper house) and one to the Lok Sabha (lower house). The state has eight districts.

Location

One of the eastern-most States, Mizoram lies between Bangladesh and Myanmar (Burma).  Tripura, Assam and Manipur border is on the north.

History

Little is known of Mizoram's early history.  Between 1750 and 1850 the Mizo (formerly called Lushai) tribes migrated from the nearby Chin Hills and subjugated the indigenous population; these similar tribes were assimilated into their own society.  The Mizo developed an autocratic political system based on some 300 hereditary chieftainships. 

The tribes of Mizoram remained unaffected by foreign political influence until the British annexed Assam in 1826 under the Treaty of Yandabo.  During the next decades, Mizo raids into British territory led to occasional punitive expeditions by the British. Although not formally annexed until the early 1890s, the region had come under British control two decades earlier.

For the first few years after the British annexation, Lushai hills in the north remained under Assam while the southern half remained under Bengal. Both these parts were amalgamated in 1898 into one district called Lushai Hills District under the Chief Commissioner of Assam.  With the implementation of the North-Eastern Reorganisation Act in 1972, Mizoram became a Union Territory and as a sequel to the signing of the historic memorandum of settlement between Government of India and the Mizo National Front in 1986, it was granted statehood on 20 February 1987.

Society and Culture

The Mizos are divided into several tribes - the Lushais, Pawis, Paithes, Raltes, Pang, Himars, Kukis etc. Society is based largely around tribal villages.  The chief's house and the zawlbuk (community house for young, single men) are the focus of village life.  Mizo and English are the official languages.  The literacy rate in Mizoram is about 82 percent, one of the highest in India.  More than 80 percent of the population are Christians; the great majority are Protestants who were converted by missionaries during the 19th century.  There are Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu minorities.  The nomadic Chakmas practice a combination of Hinduism, Buddhism, and animism (the worship of nature deities and other spirits).

Though mostly Christians, the hill people have kept alive their rich cultural heritage, colorful customs and lively traditions.  An interesting tradition amongst the Mizos is the code of Ethics which revolves around tlawmngaihna, an untranslatable term which means that every Mizo is duty bound to be hospitable, kind, unselfish and helpful to the poor and needy.

Festivals and dances of the Mizos have a unique tribal flavour.  Other than Christmas and New Year's Day which are the most popular festivals, Chapchar Kut (after clearing of jungles for cultivation of the jhum crop in February-March), Pawl Kut (after the harvests when the granary is full in December) and Mim Kut (dedicated to departed souls after the maize harvest in September), are the other occasions celebrated with much gusto. The most popular dances of Mizoram are Cheraw (Bamboo dance), Khuallam (dance for visitors or guests), Chheih Lam (at the end of a day's work) and Solakar or Sarlamkai (prevalent among the Mara and Pawl tribes). 

 

References

http://mizoram.gov.in/ 

Manorama Year Book - 2007

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