Uttarakhand, formerly Uttaranchal, is a state in the northern part of India. It is often referred to as the "Land of the Gods" due to the many holy Hindu temples and pilgrimage centres found throughout the state. Uttarakhand is mainly known for its natural beauty of the Himalayas, the Bhabhar and the Terai. On 9 November 2000, this 27th state of the Republic of India was carved out of the Himalayan and adjoining northwestern districts of Uttar Pradesh. It borders the Tibet Autonomous Region on the north; the Mahakali Zone of the Far-Western Region, Nepal on the east; and the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh to the south and Himachal Pradesh to the northwest. The state is divided into two divisions, Garhwal and Kumaon, with a total of 13 districts. The provisional capital of Uttarakhand is Dehradun, the largest city in the region, which is a railhead. The high court of the state is in Nainital. Archaeological evidence support the existence of humans in the region since prehistoric times. Among the first major dynasties of Garhwal and Kumaon were the Kunindas in the 2nd century BCE who practised an early form of Shaivism. Ashokan edicts at Kalsi show the early presence of Buddhism in this region. During the medieval period the region was consolidated under the Kumaon and Garhwal kingdom. By 1803 the region fell to the Gurkha Empire of Nepal and with the conclusion of the Anglo-Nepalese War in 1816 most of modern Uttarakhand was ceded to the British as part of the Treaty of Sugauli. Although the erstwhile hill kingdoms of Garhwal and Kumaon were traditional rivals, the proximity of different neighbouring ethnic groups and the inseparable and complementary nature of their geography, economy, culture, language, and traditions created strong bonds between the two regions which further strengthened during the movement for statehood in the 1990s.
The Uttarakhand floods has brought the entire country together. We are all worried for the people stuck there and are mourning the dead. But in all this, Congress's beloved Rahul seemed to have been absconding.But all of a sudden today's newspaper more »
Kanika Yadav posted the Blog
on Jul 01, 2013 , 12:04 pm
Uttarakhand relief: Where are the rich & famous?
The Uttarakhand calamity has left the whole nation in a state of shock. While thousands have lost their lives and more have lost their families, I am amused to see why no big corporate houses have joined hands to help the victims. Where are the Ambani, Mittals and Tatas? Why didn’t they feel the need to come out of the hibernation mode when they were needed the most?While government is doing their bit by helping these victims and their families, it’s really surprising that, even in the name more »