Have you ever been to Assam? Hemmed in a beautiful range of hills and vallies Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, the region speaks volumes of historic tales. Guwahati in Assam is the password to access the north east stands tall beside the most revered and respected Brahmaputra. Known as the Pragjyotishput, the ancient city is flanked by the Nilachal hill along with Chitrachal, Narakasur, is still shining in the golden pages of what Hiuen Tsang wrote. Besides, the city was the principal place of the Ahom General Lachit Borphukan who defeated the Mughals in the historic battle of Saraighat in 1671.
Till 10-11th century AD, the city remained under the Pala dynasty. It further remained a strategic outpost for the Koch. But the charm started falling with the decline of the Kamata Kingdom.
People in place
Guwahati, as of now, is the residence of 809,895 (2001 census) people with the rapid growth of its demography. The figure stands at 9, 63, 429 if the provisional census of 2011 is to be believed. The census report suggests 52 per cent males with 48 per cent female population in the city. The average literacy rate stands at 91.11 per cent.
People and politics
Crucial Lok Sabha constituency: Guwahati commands pride in the country’s political arena. The Gauhati Lok sabbha constituency consists of altogether assembly segments. These are Dispur, Guwahati East, Guwahati West, Jalukbari, Boko (SC), Chaygaon, Palasbari, Barkhetry.