geographical name \ˌma-nə-ˈpr, ˌmə-\

Definition of MANIPUR

river 210 miles (338 kilometers) NE India & W Myanmar flowing into the Chindwin
state NE India between Assam & Myanmar Imphal area 8628 square miles (22,433 square kilometers), pop 2,388,634


   (Concise Encyclopedia)

State (pop., 2008 est.: 2,627,000), northeastern India. Occupying an area of 8,621 sq mi (22,327 sq km), it is bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and the states of Nagaland, Assam, and Mizoram; its capital is Imphal. Its two main physical features are the Manipur River valley and the western mountainous region. In 1762 and 1824 Manipur requested British assistance in repelling invasions from Myanmar. The British administered the area in the 1890s, but in 1907 a local government took over; a tribal uprising in 1917 led to a new government administered from Assam. In 1947 Manipur acceded to the Indian union; it was ruled as a union territory until it became a state in 1972. Agriculture and forestry are economic mainstays.


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