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    A tea garden worker until eight years ago, 48-years-old Matang Tanglua is today among over 5,500 entrepreneurs who won small tea estates of their own, making meaningful contributions to Tripura that emerging as a significant exporter of the commodity.


    Manas Paul, Gauri Sarkar, Abinash Das ... all are excited. From their doorstep they will soon be able to get any government certificate and permit within a minimum time and will also be able to file complaint with the police ... thanks to the government’s Rs.20,000 crore “digital village” project that will eventually cover all the 250,000 gram panchayats across India in a phase manner.


    Until 1999, Bipin Chandra Debbarma was a poor nomad. Now the 75-year-old tribal villager at Bishramganj in western Tripura lives in a concrete house, drives a car and has all the costly household gadgets. This incredible transformation in his and his family members’ lifestyle in a span of 13 years has been possible because of the natural rubber cultivation he has been engaged at his Bishramganj village under Sipahijala district and just 40 km west of Tripura capital Agartala.


    In North East India’s region, when a new baby is born, to cut his or her umbilical cord a bamboo made knife is used. When a man or woman grows up, bamboo is used in diverse stages of his or her whole life. When people die, bamboo is used to light the funeral pyre. Thus bamboo is an integral part of life in this region and also in many other parts of the world.

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North East

I am an adda-loving Bengali otherwise who is also involved with various cultural and social issues and organizations. Northeast at large and the small state of Tripura, with is geo-politically a very sensitive
Northeast India is the eastern-most region of India connected to East India via a narrow corridor squeezed between Bhutan and Bangladesh. It comprises the contiguous Seven Sister States (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura), plus the Himalayan state of Sikkim.
In the far northeast, the Chin Hills and Kachin Hills, deeply forested mountainous regions, separate India from Myanmar. The Bangladesh-India border is defined by the Khasi Hills and Mizo Hills, and the watershed region of the Indo-Gangetic Plain. The Patkai, or Purvanchal, are situated near India's eastern border with Myanmar, made up of the Patkai–Bum, the Garo–Khasi–Jaintia and the Lushai hills. The Garo–Khasi range lies in Meghalaya. Mawsynram, a village near Cherrapunji , located on the windward side of these hills, has the distinction of being the wettest place in the world. 


With a population of 3.7 million, Tripura is a state in North-East India which borders Bangladesh, Mizoram and Assam. It is surrounded by Bangladesh on its north, south and west: the length of its international border is 856 km (84 per cent of its total border). It shares a 53 km inter-state border with Assam and a 109 km long border with Mizoram. With 10,491.69 area, the mountainous state is connected with the rest of India by only one highway (National Highway-44) that runs through the mountains and small hills to the border of Karimganj District in southern Assam and then winds through the states of Meghalaya, Assam and North Bengal to Kolkata.

Majority of the population in Tripura speaks Bengali. The second most important official language is Kokborak, a tribal language. There are significant population of Hindi, Manipuri, and Oriya speaking also. The majority of the people are Hindus whereas Muslims, Buddhists and Christians make up the minorities. Tripura's population is mainly rural. Towns are concentrated on the Tripura plains and near the International borders.

The tribal people, who constitute a third of Tripura’s 3.7 million people, live mostly in the interior areas are divided into nineteen groups speaking a variety of languages and dialects.

With its capital Agartala, Tripura has eight districts, 23 sub-divisions, 58 blocks and 74 police stations.

The northeastern state has 60 assembly seats with 20 reserve for the tribals and ten for the scheduled caste population. It has two Lok Sabha constituencies and one Rajya Sabha seat.