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State (pop., 2008 est.: 3,510,000), northeastern India. It is bordered to the north, west, and south by Bangladesh and to the east by Mizoram and Assam states; it has an area of 4,049 sq mi (10,486 sq km), and its capital is Agartala. It was an independent Hindu kingdom before it became part of the Mughal Empire in the 17th century. After 1808 it was under the influence of the British. Tripura became a union territory in 1956 and acquired full status as a state in 1972. The main economic activity is agriculture, with rice and jute the major crops.
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