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Mizoram

Mizoram is a state/Union Territory of India.

Mizoram is a small state in north-eastern India. Mizoram has a total area of 21,087 sq. km. It has a population of 8,91,058 (2001 Census). Aizawl is the state capital. Mizoram is bordering by Myanmar in the east and south and Bangladesh in the west. Mizoram became the 23rd state of India in February 1987. It was one of the districts of Assam till 1972 when it became Union Territory. It has 40 seats of legislative assembly. One member each represents the state in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

Mizoram is a state with one of the highest literacy rates in India. It has second highest literacy rate in India with 88.49 percent. Mizoram has only one airport, Lengpui Airport, near Aizawl and this Airport can be reached from Kolkata by Air within a short period of 40 minutes. Mizoram is also accessible from Kolkata via Silchar Airport, which is about 200 km. from the state capital of Mizoram. There is a rail link at Bairabi rail station but it is primarily for goods traffic. The nearest practical station to Mizoram is at Silchar in Assam - some 6 hours drive from Aizawl. Bairabi is about 110 km, and Silchar is about 180 km. from the state capital. Mizoram has a network of around 4000 km or minor or village roads and a small number of national highways.

The majority (90.5%) of Mizos are Christian. in various denominations, predominantly Presbyterian and the church forms an important part of Mizo culture. Migrated Hindus form a small minority (3.6%) and there are also around 8.3% Buddhists according to the 2001 census, mostly made up from Chakma settlers of Arakan origin. Muslims make up about 1.1%.