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Majuli: Largest River Island now becomes India’s first island district

Sivasagar, Prangan Duarah: Surrounded by the mighty Brahmaputra, Majuli is a place which is known for its vibrant cultures and traditions and named as the largest River Island in the world and the cultural capital of Assam now becomes India’s first river island district. Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal upgrading Majuli from a subdivision to the State’s 35th district on Music maestro Bhupen Hazarika’s 90th birthday on  8th September 2016.

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The decision to elevate the Island Majuli, which is home to a population of about 160,000 people of the various tribe like Mishing, Deori, Sonowal Kachri etc. with an area of approximately 800 Sq. Km, to a full-fledged district of Assam, was taken in June at the first cabinet meeting of Sarbananda Sonowal Government. We often hear about the flood, which causes billion in damage in Assam every year especially in our cultural capital Majuli. A trail of destruction like washing away villages, submerging paddy fields, drowning livestock, besides causing loss of human life and property of many people, erosion etc are washing away our cultural capital. Sonowal had said, “If we fail to protect Majuli, we’ll lose our cultural identity.” So, it seems like it’s a strategy of Assam’s new government to save cultural heritage of Assam. Chief Minister Sonowal has also declared that a cultural university will be established in Majuli to save Assam’s cultural identity. With 22 Xatras, a unique feature of Vaishnavism in Assam, founded by Sankardeva and home to the colourful Mising and other tribes like Deori, Sonowal etc, Majuli has emerged as a major tourist destination of Assam. It is been said that the development initiatives in the field of tourism, art, and culture, PWD, rural development, health, sports, agriculture, water resource etc, will be taken care by the government. Elaborating on the development work of the government Sonowal also added that Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari had announced the construction of a 122 km road connecting Majuli.