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Statehood Day: 7 interesting facts about Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram

Swapna Mohanty | Updated on: 20 February 2018, 16:16 IST

On 31st state foundation day of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram these are a few interesting facts about the two states that many of us don't know.

Lowest Population

Despite the fact that the hill state Arunachal Pradesh is the second most populous country, it also stands unique for having lowest population in India.

First Sunrise

Dong Valley situated at an elevation of 1,240 meters is the first to receive sunrise in the country.

The most linguistically enriched region

In Asian subcontinent, Arunachal is the only region inhabited by 26 major tribes and over 100 sub-tribes. The major linguistic enriched region, with over 30 languages spoken in Arunachal.  Tawang Monastery situated in Tawang district is the largest monastery in India.

 

Paradise for botanists

With a wide variety of mammals and nearly 200 species, Arunachal Pradesh is indeed Botanist Paradise.

Blind Eyed insurgency

In 1959 a natural calamity called 'Mautam’ began in the Mizoram. In every 18 years, it is believed that the bamboo forests burst into flower. The blooms then attracted rats who multiply and feed on the flower.

Then after the rodents rats headed towards the rice fields and vegetable gardens. The bamboo flowering was followed by a two-year famine.

Then after there was a long drawn insurgency with the Central government and it was only in the year 1986 that a peace accorded in Mizoram and it became a state of India on 20th February 1987.

Chinese origin

It is believed the Mizo people came from China and settled here about 300 years ago. It is believed that 87% population is Christian who was converted after Britishers took control of the region in 1895.

 

Hand made currency

During post demonetisation, when the whole country went through a very difficult times residents of Khawbung village in Mizoram, a remote village located along the India-Myanmar border, took up ‘paper coupons’ to continue their daily financial transactions in their villages.

First published: 20 February 2018, 16:12 IST
 
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