It is shame that the history books of India glorify the Mughals and speak extensively about the British Colonial Rule. It is shame that even when they speak of these, they don’t show the dark sides of Mughals and the British but are somewhere inclined on glorifying them and demeaning India’s actual glory. For example, our history textbooks spews beautiful words about Mughal Emperors like Akbar and Shah Jahan. They cover in great details about Industrial Revolution that British brought to India. However, they just carefully eliminate how the Mughals destroyed glorious monuments, art and science of India. They don’t teach how the British were responsible for the never-spoken-of Bengal Famine. No wonder, such shitty historians who write these books will not tell about the glorious Seven Sisters of India.
So, it is our humble effort to bring to you the lost glory of the Seven Sisters. In this article, we will list 20 facts about the Seven Sisters of India. But, we are not going to stop here. We will continue and comb through the Internet and books and wherever we can put our hands on. It is a request to every Indian to add to these lists that we will create on this website. Thanks in advance!
Anyway, let’s start with our Seven Sisters of India facts. We are pretty sure that you will be amazed and by the time you finish reading this article, you will crave for more and may be, you will even plan a trip to these glorious lands. Here we go…
Facts About the Seven Sisters of India: 1-5
1. The Seven Sisters of India are actually seven states which are: Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya.
2. These Seven Sisters are connected to mainland India through what is known as Chicken’s Neck. It is also known by the name Siliguri Corridor (the official name). It is a thin land stretch which shares borders with Myanmar, Bhutan, Bangladesh and China.
3. These Seven Sisters of India, which are least spoken in Indian textbooks boast rich biodiversity which, Myers 2000 edition tagged is world’s one of 7 areas with richest biodiversity.
4. Orchids! Boy, they are wonderful, stunningly beautiful and soul soothing flowers. Did you know that 70% of total orchids found in world actually find home in these seven sister states?
5. We have already covered this in our article on “20 Jaw Dropping India Facts” but once again, the world’s largest and smallest river islands belong to Northeast. Both of them are in Assam and sit in Brahmaputra River.
Facts About the Seven Sisters of India: 6-10
6. The entire Brahmaputra River that actually criss-cross through Arunachal Pradesh and Assam is the only river in whole of India that passes through 3 different countries – India, Bangladesh and China.
7. These Seven Sisters host 7 National Parks that are worth a visit. Not to mention, the smallest river island called Umananda is called home by the very rare and highly endangered Golden Langur.
8. Northeast is the home for one-horned rhino or the Indian rhino. This animal is not found anywhere else in world.
9. These Seven Sister States of India (barring Arunachal Pradesh) have higher literacy rate compared to the average of the rest of India. Out of these 7 states, Mizoram boasts 91.58% literacy and is closely followed by Tripura with literacy rate of 87.75%. The national average in this area is 74.04% (Census Data of 2011).
10. There are 220 different languages that are spoken in these 7 states and surprisingly, there are 220 ethnic groups in these 7 states. Guess which languages are dominant? They are: Bengali and Assamese.
Facts About the Seven Sisters of India: 11-15
11. Did you know that India is world’ second largest when it comes to tea production. Now the twist! India minus Northeastern states = India nowhere even close to being 2nd largest tea producer in world. This means, Northeastern states of India produce more tea than rest of India combined.
12. Northeastern states, that is, the Seven Sisters are the only states in India that the Mughal Emperors failed to capture and bring under there 200-year long rule. However, strong and very deadly encounters took place between Mughals and Ahoms wherein at times Mughals managed to control parts of West Assam but were soon ousted by the Ahoms. Those conflicts continued for quite some time but the last two decisive battles were the Battles of Saraighat (1671) and Itakhuli (1682), which ended the Mughal desire to rule Northeast.
13. Talking of Ahom Dynasty, did you have the slightest of hint that it is the only dynasty in history of entire India whose rule was longest unbroken rule? The dynasty lasted for a whopping 600 years starting from 1228 and ending in 1826 when the British managed to capture the Northeast. Ahoms ruled majority of the Northeast.
14. The Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh has a lake called Shungetser Lake. The unofficial name of the lake is Madhuri Lake. The locals named it so after the famous Bollywood heroine Madhuri Dixit after she shot the song “Tanhai Tanhai” for the film Koyla that was released in 1996.
15. The oldest Parliamentary force of India and also the largest is the Assam Rifles. Do you know that the Assam Regiment of Indian Army has soldiers picked exclusively from Northeastern states?
Facts About the Seven Sisters of India: 16-20
16. The title for India’s cleanest region goes to Northeast. You will be surprised to see the level of cleanliness even on the roads. It is not that the governments there made such a rule. It is the locals who thrive for such cleanliness.
17. Talking of cleanliness, did you know that the cleanest village in whole of Asia is located in Northeastern state of Meghalaya? That village goes by the name Mawlynnong. This village has the moniker – ‘God’s Own Garden’. Guess what? Every villager there speaks English!
18. And then… Meghalaya also has a place called Cherrapunji where you will find bridges made of living tree roots. Using the secondary roots of banyan fig or rubber trees (that are found abundantly there) these bridges are carved across the streams. The roots are living roots. Read more about these bridges here.
19. Again, Meghalaya is in spotlight here because this state also boasts a region called Mawsynram. What’s special about this place? It is world’s wettest place. The average rainfall here each and every year is 10,000 millimeters.
20. Then there is Digboi refinery in Assam, which is oldest refinery in world that is still operational. The name has a funny history and legend behind it. It is said that once the elephants were returning back from jungles after hauling logs. A British guy at that point saw that the feet of the elephants were smeared with oil. So, the digging for oil began. That’s when the British people shouted on the labors working there – “Dig Boy, Dig”. You know what happened next! Dig Boy became Digboi. That’s how the name came.