WONDROUS MAJULI: THE FIRST RIVER ISLAND DISTRICT IN INDIA

Dakhinpat Satra. Image credit: Wikipedia
The abode of Neo-Vaishnavite culture, the first river island district in India declared formally on 8th September, 2016 by the Government of Assam and recognized as World’s Largest River Island by Guinness Book of World Records as on 1st September, 2016, Majuli Island is situated in the upper reaches in the mighty Brahmaputra River, Assam, India which coordinates 26057’0’’North and 94010’0’’East.

It is stated that Majuli has been the cultural capital in Assam since the 16th century leading Vaishnavism with establishment of Satras (Socio-Religious Institutions). Very rich in material culture, the native inhabitants of the Island, such as, Mishing, Deori, Sonowal Kachari including Ahom, Sutiya and Kalita are primarily based on agriculture, but a major demographic part is engaged in diversified economic activities like Dairy, Pottery, Handloom, Fishing, etc. It is unpleasant in quoting that people of Majuli is familiar with submerging flood, but bigger than that the geographic shrinking due to erosion is standing as the alarming threat to the future of Majuli Island.


This issue is an honest effort to bring out some emerging issues reflecting Majuli Island so that people at large can understand and know it suitably and framework proactive measures by the authority concerned for protection its topography as well as upholding the magnificent and legendary Satriya culture prevailing in Majuli.

Just after release of our last issue, we published invitation for write-ups in the month of September 2016 and responses were quite appreciating from the authors and research scholars which have provided us well-inclusive and informative material in shaping and presenting this issue for the global readers. Happiness will be that if contents of this issue contribute in allied researches and benefit Majuli Island in all round development.  

We are grateful to all authors/research scholars/writers for giving us opportunity to publish their articles/creative works. We also acknowledge with sincere thanks to all those who extended whole-hearted support and cooperation in shaping this issue including the honorary advisory board, honorary technical review board and all members of editorial team.

Have great reading!
Editors
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