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Mizoram is an Indian state with an area of ​​21,087 km² and around 1.1 million inhabitants (census). The capital of Mizoram is Aizawl and the main language is Mizo .


Mizoram is part of the " Seven Sister States ", which lie in a geographical triangle between Bangladesh , Myanmar and the People's Republic of China on the eastern edge of the Indian subcontinent. It borders the states of Tripura (northwest), Assam (north) and Manipur , as well as Myanmar to the east and Bangladesh to the west.

Biggest cities

city Population (2011)
Aizawl 293,416
Lunglei 57.011
Champhai 32,734
Saiha 25.110
Kolasib 24,272
Serchhip 21,158
Lawngtlai 20,830
Saitual 11,619
Khawzawl 11,022
Vairengte 10,554



Languages ​​in Mizoram
language percent
Mizo (Lushai)
including closely related languages ​​Language
  • Tibetan Burmese
  • Indo-Aryan
  • Source: 2011 census

    According to the 2011 census, Mizoram has 1,091,014 inhabitants. In terms of population, Mizoram is the second smallest state in India after Sikkim . The population density of 52 inhabitants per square kilometer is far below the overall Indian average of 382 inhabitants per square kilometer. The population density among the states of India is even lower only in Arunachal Pradesh . The population is mainly concentrated in the cities: Of all Indian states, Mizoram has the second highest urbanization rate after Goa with 51.5 percent . On average, however, only 31.2 percent of all Indians live in cities. With a literacy rate of 91.6 percent, Mizoram has the highest rate in India after Kerala . The national average, on the other hand, is only 74.0 percent (as of the 2011 census).

    The population of Mizorams consists mainly of the Mizos people, who are divided into different tribes. The largest of the tribes are the Lushai , who make up about two-thirds of the total population of the state. Other important Mizos tribes are the Ralte , the Hmar , the Paihte , the Poi, the Mara and the Pawi . The Riang , a sub-tribe of the Tripuri , and the Chakma , who descended from the Arakanese , are non-Mizo peoples who live in Mizoram.


    The dominant language in Mizoram is Mizo (Lushai), which belongs to the Tibetan-Burman language family and is spoken by almost three quarters of the population. Bengali , an Indo-Aryan language, follows with almost 10% speakers . The rest of the speakers are predominantly made up of smaller Tibetan Burman languages. Hindi is spoken by around 1%. Mizo and related languages ​​were spoken by 802,763 people. The actual Mizo of 797,839 people. The speakers of Bengali languages ​​(107,840 people) are predominantly Chakma (92,850 people) and Bengalis (14,986 people). Of the Hindi speakers (10,677 people), 8,929 spoke actual Hindi. Nepali was used by 8,994 people. Other important Tibetan Burmese languages ​​are Mara (38,177 of the 41,876 Lakher), Pawi (28,624 speakers), Paite (22,190 speakers) and Hmar (17,981 speakers). The Tripuri-speakers (32,634 people) mostly belong to the Riang (16,437 speakers) and Kokbarak (15,712 speakers).


    Religions in Mizoram
    religion percent
    Distribution of religions (2011 census)

    According to the 2011 census, 87 percent of Mizoram's population are Christian . 8.5 percent are Buddhists . Hindus (2.7 percent) and Muslims (1.4 percent) make up only small minorities.

    In addition to the neighboring states of Nagaland and Meghalaya , Mizoram is one of three states in India with a Christian majority. The Presbyterian and Baptist creeds predominate . Almost all members of the Mizo majority people and other Tibetan Burmese ethnic groups (Mara, Hmar, Paite, Pawi, Khasi and Garo) profess Christianity. The majority of the Chakma (almost 92 percent Buddhists and 7 percent Christians), on the other hand, practice Theravada Buddhism, which combines with Hindu and animist elements. Hinduism (Riang, Kokbarak, Bengalis, Hindis) and Islam (Bengalis) are common among the population who immigrated from the rest of India.

    For several decades, a group of members of the Chin , Kuki and Mizo have identified themselves as Jews. The Jewish faith is practiced by around 6,000 more people in India, around 1,000 of them in Mizoram. A few hundred officially converted to the Orthodox Jewish faith and emigrated to Israel in November 2006 . The majority do not regard themselves as converts, but as ethnic Jews - descendants of the lost biblical tribe of Israel Manasseh . The term Bnei Menashe has established itself as a foreign name .


    The Lushai expedition to Mizoram in an illustration in the Illustrated London News 1889.

    Due to the remoteness of the relatively inaccessible mountain region, Mizoram remained outside the focus of world politics for a long time and the population lived in small tribal communities without forming larger state associations. From the 18th century, the British East India Company established itself in nearby Bengal and continued to expand inland from there. Because of the raids of the warlike tribes of Mizorams into the lower plains, which took place at irregular intervals, conflicts arose with the British colonial power. The British responded with several punitive retaliatory actions in which tribal settlements were burned to the ground and their prisoners were freed. Major such actions were the Lushai Expedition 1871-72, the Military Action 1888-89 and the Chin Lushai Expedition 1889-90. After the latter, the Mizo tribes completely submitted. From 1895 the area officially belonged to British India and became part of the Assam Province. From the second half of the 19th century, especially from the 1890s, Christian missionaries came to the country, who in a few years converted a large part of the population who had previously adhered to animist religions to Christianity . After India gained independence in 1947, the area became part of the state of Assam . In 1959 there was the so-called Mautam famine and a political movement, the Mizo National Famine Front (from 1961 Mizo National Front , MNF), which sought Mizoram's autonomy or even complete independence from India. In March 1966 there was an armed uprising by the MNF, which was suppressed. The MNF was banned as a political organization in 1967. In response to the dissatisfaction and aspirations for autonomy in the entire Northeast of India , the government of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi rearranged the territorial situation in Assam in 1971/72. Mizoram was spun off from Assam with effect from January 21, 1972 and converted into a Union territory . However, this was not enough for the MNF and the armed resistance continued. Under the government of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi , after lengthy negotiations, an agreement ( Mizoram Accord ) was concluded with the leaders of the MNF on June 30, 1986 , which ended the armed resistance. Mizoram received the status of an Indian state on February 20, 1987 the following year. The re-admitted MNF turned into a political party, took part in elections and has been the governments and chief ministers of Mizoram for the longest time ever since .


    Political system

    Parliament building in Aizawl

    The legislature of the state of Mizoram consists of a unicameral parliament , the Mizoram Legislative Assembly . The 40 members of parliament are elected by direct election every five years . The seat of parliament is Aizawl . The Mizoram State Chief Minister is elected by Parliament. But is appointed by the President of India Governor (at the head of the State Governor ). Its main tasks are to appoint the Chief Minister and to entrust him with the formation of the government. The highest court responsible for Mizoram is the Gauhati High Court , located in Guwahati . A branch is located in Aizawl.

    In the all- Indian parliament , Mizoram is represented by one member each in the Lok Sabha , the lower house, and the Rajya Sabha , the upper house.


    Distribution of seats after the
    2013 parliamentary elections
    INC 34
    MNF 5
    MPC 1
    total 40

    Mizoram's party policy is shaped by the national congress party (INC) on the one hand and the Mizoram Democratic Alliance (MDA), an alliance of regional parties led by the Mizo National Front (MNF), on the other. In the last parliamentary election in December 2013, the ruling Congress party won a landslide and won 34 out of 40 constituencies, while the opposition MDA only won six seats in parliament. Five of these went to the MNF and one to the Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC), while the third ally, the Maraland Democratic Front (MDF), missed out on parliament. As a result of the election, Congress politician Lalthanhawla was confirmed as Chief Minister. He has held office since December 11, 2008. In the all-India parliamentary election in 2014 , the congress party in Mizoram defied the extremely bad trend across the country and won the Mizoram constituency.

    Zoramthanga has been Chief Minister in Mizoram from the Mizo National Front since December 15, 2018 .

    Administrative division

    The eight districts in Mizoram

    The state of Mizoram is divided into the following eight districts (population and population density according to the 2011 census):

    District Administrative headquarters surface Population
    Aizawl Aizawl 000000000003576.00000000003,576 km² 000000000404054.0000000000404.054 000000000000113.0000000000113 inhabitants / km²
    Champhai Champhai 000000000003215.00000000003,215 km² 000000000125370.0000000000125,370 000000000000039.000000000039 inhabitants / km²
    Kolasib Kolasib 000000000001384.00000000001,384 km² 000000000083054.000000000083.054 000000000000060.000000000060 people / km²
    Lawngtlai Lawngtlai 000000000002553.00000000002,553 km² 000000000117444.0000000000117,444 000000000000046.000000000046 inhabitants / km²
    Lunglei Lunglei 000000000004532.00000000004,532 km² 000000000154094.0000000000154.094 000000000000034.000000000034 people / km²
    Mamit Mamit 000000000003063.00000000003,063 km² 000000000085757.000000000085,757 000000000000028.000000000028 people / km²
    Saiha Saiha 000000000001409.00000000001,409 km² 000000000056366.000000000056,366 000000000000040.000000000040 people / km²
    Serchhip Serchhip 000000000001410.00000000001,410 km² 000000000064875.000000000064,875 000000000000046.000000000046 inhabitants / km²


    Rice field in the Serchhip district

    Mizoram's economy is still relatively strongly influenced by agriculture. In the years 2013-14, around 60 percent of the population lived from agriculture and related economic sectors. However, the primary sector contributed only about 16% of the state's gross domestic product during this period, 26% was contributed by industry and 58% by the tertiary sector . This is one of the reasons why the Mizoram government has been pursuing a policy of targeted increases in efficiency in agriculture for several years ( New Land Use Policy , NLUP). According to the government, economically and ecologically sustainable, profitable agriculture is to be promoted. The old slash and burn economy ( Jhum ) is to be given up. The cultivation of wet rice , oil palm cultivation , milk production, fish breeding, silkworm breeding , etc. are promoted. The aim is to diversify agriculture. The main fruits grown in 2014–15 (annual, estimated): 145,000 t of bananas, 94,000 t of citrus fruits, 37,000 t of papaya , 37,000 t of pineapple, 25,000 grapes, and in smaller quantities (less than 2,000 to 5,000 t) of mango , passion fruit , jackfruit , Lychee , strawberries and guavas . The main vegetables produced (2014–15, annual, estimated): chayote 82,000 t, cabbage 49,000 t, bitter melon 26,000 t, okra 25,000 t, aubergine 17,000 t, onions 12,000 t and beans 6,000 t. The most important aromatic plants were turmeric (25,000 t) and ginger (31,000 t). Mizoram's economic growth rate was around 9% (the absolute figures vary depending on the source) annually in the years 2004 to 2014, above the already relatively high overall Indian average. The average per capita income also grew strongly, but was below the Indian average.


    The Mizoram Premier League (also Mahindra Two Wheelers Mizoram Premier League ) is the highest class league in the Indian state of Mizoram, nationally this league is the third highest in Indian football . The league is run by the Mizoram Football Association.

    Web links

    Individual evidence

    1. Languages ​​in the 2011 Indian Census
    2. Census of India 2011: Distribution of population, sex ratio, density and decadal growth rate of population: 2011 ( Memento of April 9, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
    3. ^ Census of India 2011: Provisional Population Totals - India - Rural-Urban Distribution. (PDF; 8.1 MB)
    4. ^ Census of India 2011: Provisional Population Totals - India - Rural-Urban Distribution. (PDF; 8.1 MB)
    5. Census of India 2011: Literates and literacy rates by sex: 2011. ( Memento of April 9, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
    6. Census of India 2011: Population by religious community.
    7. ancient Israelite tribe: Indian Jews to emigrate to Israel , 17 November 2006 message israelnetz.de
    8. ^ Henry Newman Tuck: The Chin Hills: a History of the People, our dealings with them, their Customs and Manners, and a Gazetteer of the Country. Rangoon Government Printing 1896, Chapter IV: The Chin-Lushai Expedition, 1989-90. P. 32. Digitized
    9. Chapter 1. The terrifying tribesmen of the Mizo Hills. (No longer available online.) Mizostory.org, archived from the original on October 13, 2016 ; accessed on October 13, 2016 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.mizostory.org
    10. ^ Memorandum of Settlement (Mizoram Accord). United Nations, accessed October 13, 2016 .
    11. ^ The Times of India, December 12, 2012: "Congress bags one more seat in Mizoram, pushes tally to 34". ( Memento of the original from December 24, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
    12. ^ Census of India 2011: Provisional Population Totals. Paper 1 of 2011: Mizoram. ( Memento from August 13, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
    13. MIZORAM ​​ECONOMIC SURVEY 2014 - 15th (pdf) Government of Mizoram, accessed on November 21, 2017 (English).

    Coordinates: 23 ° 30 '  N , 93 ° 0'  E