Himachal: A Complete Guide to the Land of Gods

Item Code: IDJ079
Author: Minakshi Chaudhry
Publisher: Rupa.Co
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 9788129110008
Pages: 286
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5" X 5.5"
Weight 340 gm
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Book Description


My purpose of writing this book is to introduce Himachal Pradesh to the readers in a systematic and easily understandable manner. I hope that the information given in the book will be of use to everyone.

This reference book , containing all the important information about Himachal Pradesh, is compiled and arranged in a reader friendly format. It has several salient features that make it better and different from its competitors. It is comprehensive and detailed without being bulky and voluminous. Handy and packed with the latest information (updated up to April 2006), it has all the facts, figures, information and analysis that one needs.

This book is a compendium on history, geography, demography, culture, economy and society of Himachal. The book profiles each district and the entire state in a handy volume. Separate chapters on government and politics, agriculture, horticulture, education, health, tourism, communications, rural development, industry and other specialized areas make this an excellent reference book.

Every effort to verify the information given in this book for its correctness has been made and is based on authentic historical documents, government reports, other official documents, press releases and news reports.

This book will meet the need of students and candidates preparing for competitive examinations for comprehensive and compact reference material. In addition, general readers will find this an invaluable storehouse of interesting and relevant information. Government functionaries, non-government organizations, business executives, industrialists-every individual and institution will need this for ready reference.

Minakshi Chaudhry

Back Of Book

Himachal Pradesh has always been one of the most sought after tourist destinations in India, not just for the State's abundant natural beauty, but also for its rich, unique cultural heritage.

In this guide, Minakshi Chaudhry gives a detailed overview of this beautiful land in terms of its history, geography, demography, culture, economy and social structure. A systematic and easily accessible reference book, Himachal: A Complete Guide to the Land of Gods is a must - have for students, candidates preparing for competitive examinations, government functionaries, non - government organisations, industrialists and any individual who is interested in the ecology, history, geography of one of the most picturesque States in India. Himachal: A Complete Guide to the Land of Gods is an invaluable storehouse of interesting and relevant information.

Minakshi Chaudhry has travelled extensively as a reporter for the Indian Express. She has authored three books, Exploring Pangi Himalaya: A World Beyond Civilization, A Guide to Trekking in Himachal and Ghost Stories of Shimla Hills.

  Acknowledgement xvii
  Preface xix
Chapter 1: Physical Aspects 1
  Himachal 1
  The Land 1
  Mountain System 2
  Main Peaks in Himachal 4
  Rivers 4
  Riverside Towns in Himachal 6
  Glaciers 7
  Avalanches 9
  Lakes 9
  Valleys 10
  Other Valleys 12
  Climate 13
  Seasons 14
Chapter II: People 16
  Demography 16
  Proportion of rural - urban population 16
  Village and Household size 17
  Sex ratio 18
  Sex ratio in the age group of 0 - 6 years 18
  Literacy 19
  Gender Gap 20
  Literacy rate (rural) 20
  Literacy rate (urban) 20
  Demography of Scheduled Castes 21
  Sex ratio among Scheduled Castes 22
  Demography of Scheduled Tribes 22
  Sex Ratio of Scheduled Tribe Population 23
  Religion 23
  Scheduled Tribes of Himachal 24
  Culture 29
  Customs and Manners 29
  Birth 30
  Marriage 32
  Marriage by abduction 35
  Polyandry and Polygyny 36
  Art, craft and architecture 37
  Wood Art 39
  Sculpture 39
  Painting 40
  Temples 41
  Folk Dances 45
  Folk Drama 46
  Language 47
  Script 49
  Literature 49
  Cuisine 50
  Important personalities of the state 51
  Freedom fighters 51
  Chief Ministers 56
  Other important personalities of the state 58
  Writers and artists 60
  The Roerichs 60
Chapter III: History 64
  Prehistory 64
  Ancient History 66
  Medieval History 69
  British rule 74
  Freedom Struggle and Praja mandal movement 75
  Independence and after 77
  Hill States 78
Chapter IV: Ecology 80
  The Forests 82
  Classification of Forests 83
  Forest types 83
  Wildlife 84
  Poaching 89
  Monkey menace 89
  Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) 90
  Pin Valley National Park 91
  The Forest Policy Issues 95
  Environmental Concerns 96
  Quarrying 96
  Flash floods and Landslides 96
  Water Pollution 97
  Grazing 97
  Forest Fires 97
  Lopping 98
  Tourism 98
  Heavy Construction 99
  Sewage Disposal 100
  Disease in Forests 100
  Eco - Tourism Policy 101
  Implementation Strategy 101
Chapter V: Government and Politics 102
  Introduction 102
  Administrative developments 103
  Milestones in Constitutional History (1948 - 1972) 107
  Elections and Party Politics 108
  Executive 110
  Police 111
  Crime against women 112
  Drugs 113
  Suicides 114
  Nepali criminals 115
  Militancy in Himachal 115
  Judiciary in Himachal 115
  Himachal Pradesh Administrative Tribunal 116
  Lokayukta 116
  Himachal Pradesh public Service Commission 117
  Himachal Pradesh Subordinate Service Selection Board 117
  Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public  
  Administration (HIPA) 118
Chapter VI: Economy 119
  Introduction 119
  Economic Profile 119
  State Domestic Product 120
  Receipt and Expenditure of the State Government, in crore rupees 121
  Per Capita Income 123
  Employment 123
  Industrial Policy 124
  Industrial Growth 126
  Aqua Culture 127
  Sericulture 128
  Handloom and Handicrafts 128
  Minerals 129
  Mining 130
  Money and Banking 131
  Priority Sector Credit 131
  Micro Finance 132
  NABARD 132
  Rural Infrastructure 132
  Rural Non - Farm Sector 133
  Urban Development 133
Chapter VII: State Budget 138
  What is Budget ? 138
  What is included in the Budget ? 138
Chapter VIII: Information Technology and Biotechnology 145
  Computerisation; e - governance projects 146
  Biotechnology 147
Chapter IX: Hydroelectric Potential 149
  Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board 151
  Projects with the Central Private Sector Units (CPSUs) 151
  Projects in Private Sector 151
  Main Projects in the State 151
Chapter X   157
  Education 157
  Education Indicators 157
  Educational Institutions 158
  Scholarship Schemes and Incentives to the Children 163
  Technical Education 164
Chapter XI   166
  Health 166
  National Rural Health Mission 167
  Health Policy 168
  Specialised Medical Care and Medical Colleges 169
  Main Programmes of Health Department 170
Chapter XII: Rural Development 174
  Panchayati Raj 175
  Rural Poverty in Himachal 176
  Special Schemes and Programmes for Rural Development 178
  Swaranjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) 178
  Schemes for Social Welfare 181
  Schemes for Child Welfare 182
  Schemes of Women Welfare 183
  Welfare Schemes for the Handicapped 183
  Public Distribution System 184
  Price Control 185
Chapter XIII   187
  Agriculture 187
  Hill agriculture 187
  Climate Zones in Himachal 187
  Main Crops 188
  Irrigation 189
  Animal Husbandry 189
  Fisheries and Aquaculture 190
  Mushroom Cultivation 191
  Kangra Tea 192
  Functions of Agriculture Department 192
  Seed Development and Multiplication 193
  Soil Testing 193
  Crop Protection 194
  Seed Potato Development 194
  Vegetable Development 194
  Ginger Development 194
  Agricultural Marketing 194
  Farmers' Training and Education 195
  Rashtriya Krishi Bima Yojana 195
  Centrally Sponsored Schemes 195
  Integrated Scheme of Oilseed, Pulses,
Oil Palm and Maize (ISOPOM)
  Biogas Development Programmes 195
  Work Plan for Accelerated Growth of Agriculture 196
  Incentives to Farmers 196
  Seed Certification Programmes 196
  Women in Agriculture Programmes 197
  National Agriculture Technology Project 197
Chapter XIV   202
  Horticulture 202
  Horticulture in the hills 202
  Role of Horticulture 203
  Apple economy 205
  Horticulture Technology Mission 206
Chapter XV   207
  Tourism 207
  The early explorers 208
  Hill stations 210
  Tourism potential 210
  Adventure Activities 211
  Pilgrimage Tourism 214
  Profile of Tourism visiting the state 215
  Tourism Policy of Himachal 216
Chapter XVI: Communication 219
  Roads 219
  National Highways 220
  Himachal Road Transport Corporation 223
  Railway 224
  Kalka-Shimla Railway 224
  Bhalkoo and Shimla Railways 225
  Pathankot-Jogindernagar Railway Line 226
  Ambala-Una-Talwara Railway Line 226
  Chandigarh-Baddi Railway Line 226
  Air 226
  Telecommunication 227
  Internet Users 227
  BSNL's Vision 2007 227
  Postal Department 228
  Newspapers and Periodicals 228
  Ancient trade routes to Tibet 228
  Mountain Passes to Tibet 230
Chapter XVII: Districts 231
  Shimla 231
  Fact File 231
  History 232
  Geography 233
  Fairs and Festivals 233
  Sirmour 235
  Fact File 235
  History 236
  Geography 237
  Fairs and Festivals 238
  Solan 238
  Fact File 238
  History 239
  Geography 239
  Fairs and Festivals 239
  Mandi 240
  Fact File 240
  History 241
  Geography 243
  Fairs and Festivals 244
  Shivratri 244
  Kullu 245
  Fact File 245
  History 246
  Geography 247
  Fairs and Festivals 248
  Sainj Fair 249
  Kangra 249
  Fact File 249
  History 251
  Geography 252
  Fairs and Festivals 253
  Bilaspur 253
  Fact File 253
  History 254
  Geography 254
  Fairs and Festivals 255
  Hamirpur 256
  Fact File 256
  History 256
  Geography 257
  Fairs and Festivals 257
  Chamba 258
  Fact File 258
  History 259
  Geography 260
  Fairs and Festivals 261
  Kinnaur 262
  Fact File 262
  History 264
  Geography 264
  Fairs and Festivals 264
  Lahaul-Spiti 265
  Fact File 265
  History 266
  Lahaul 266
  Spiti 267
  Geography 268
  Fairs and Festivals 269
  Una 269
  Fact File 269
  History 270
  Geography 271
  Fairs and Festivals 271
Chapter XVIII: Hazard Profile of Himachal 272
  Earthquakes 272
Chapter XIX: Select Bibliography 276
  Art, Dance 276
  Census 276
  Gazetteer 277
  General 278
  Painting 278
  Travel, Trekking 278
  History and Culture 279
  Language, Customs 280
  Appendices 281

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