Seven Sister States
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For the book by Aglaja Stirn and Peter Van Ham, see The Seven Sisters of India.
The Seven Sister States of India
The Seven Sister States are a region in northeastern India, comprising the contiguous states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura. The region had a population of 38.6 million in 2000, about 3.8 percent of India's total. There is great ethnic and religious diversity within the seven states. For most of their history, they were independent, and their complete integration with India came about only during the British Raj. Most of the seven sister states are on the Eurasian Plate. (Excluding Southwest Meghalaya and the extreme west of Assam)  Contents[hide] * 1 The Seven States * 2 History * 3 Ethnic and religious composition * 4 Natural resources * 5 Interdependence * 6 Origin of the sobriquet * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links
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When India became independent from the United Kingdom in 1947, only three states covered the area. Manipur and Tripura were princely states, while a much larger Assam Province was under direct British rule. Its capital was Dispur. Four new states were carved out of the original territory of Assam in the decades following independence, in line with the policy of the Indian government of reorganizing the states along ethnic and linguistic lines. Accordingly, Nagaland became a separate state in 1963, followed by Meghalaya in 1972. Mizoram became a Union Territory in 1972, and achieved statehood - along with Arunachal Pradesh - in 1987.  Ethnic and religious composition
Except for Assam, where the major languages are Assamese and...
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