Seal of Bihar & Jharkhand

Location of Jharkhand

Map of Jharkhand
Coordinates (Jamshedpur): 23°21′N 85°20′E / 23.35°N 85.33°E / 23.35; 85.33Coordinates: 23°21′N 85°20′E / 23.35°N 85.33°E / 23.35; 85.33
Country India
Formation 15 November 2000
Capital Ranchi
Largest city Jamshedpur
Districts 24
  Governor Draupadi Murmu
  Chief Minister Raghubar Das (BJP)
  Legislature Unicameral (81 seats)
  Parliamentary constituency 14
  High Court Jharkhand High Court
  Total 79,714 km2 (30,778 sq mi)
Area rank 16th
Population (2011)
  Total 32,988,134
  Rank 14th
  Density 414/km2 (1,070/sq mi)
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
ISO 3166 code IN-JH
HDI Increase 0.376 (medium)
HDI rank 19th (2007–08)
Literacy 67.6% (25th)
Official language[1] Hindi
"Additional official language" Urdu
Second languages Bengali, Oriya, Santhali, Ho, Kurukh, Mundari, Kharia, Nagpuri, Panchpargania, Khortha and Kurmali.[2]
Website http://www.jharkhand.gov.in/
Formed by the Constitutional Amendment Act, 2000 by dividing Bihar on 15 November 2000

Jharkhand (lit. "Bushland") is a state in eastern India carved out of the southern part of Bihar on 15 November 2000.[3] The state shares its border with the states of Bihar to the north, Uttar Pradesh to the north-west, Chhattisgarh to the west, Odisha to the south, and West Bengal to the east. It has an area of 79,710 km2 (30,778 sq mi). The city of Ranchi is its capital while the industrial city of Jamshedpur is the most populous city of the state.


Main article: History of Jharkhand

According to writers including Gautam Kumar Bera,[4] there was already a distinct geo-political, cultural entity called Jharkhand even before the Magadha Empire. Bera's book (page 33) also refers to the Hindu epic Bhavishya Purana. The tribal rulers, some of whom continue to thrive till today were known as the Munda Rajas,[5][6] who basically had ownership rights to large farmlands.[7] Many scholars now believe that the language used by tribes in the state of Jharkhand is identical to the one used by Harappan people. This has led to interest in deciphering Harappa inscriptions using rock paintings and language used by these tribes. For a greater part of the Vedic period, Jharkhand remained unnoticed. During the age of Mahajanpadas around 500 BC, India saw the emergence of 16 large states that controlled the entire Indian subcontinent. In those days the northern portion of Jharkhand state was a tributary state of Magadha (ancient Bihar) Empire and southern part was a tributary of Kalinga (ancient Odisha) Empire.


After the last Assembly election in the state threw up a hung Assembly, RJD's dependence on the Congress extended support on the precondition that RJD will not pose a hurdle to the passage of the Bihar Reorganization Bill (Jharkhand Bill). Finally, with the support from both RJD and Congress, the ruling coalition at the Centre led by the BJP which has made statehood its main poll plank in the region in successive polls earlier, cleared the Jharkhand Bill in the monsoon session of the Parliament this year, thus paving the way for the creation of a separate Jharkhand state.[8]


At 1366 m Parasnath is the highest point in the state of Jharkhand.[9] It is easily accessible from Parasnath railway station.[10] At present 29.61% of the state's total landmass is covered by forest.[11]

Flora and fauna

Part of the reason for the variety and diversity of flora and fauna found in Jharkhand state may be accredited to the Palamau Tiger Reserves under the Project Tiger. This reserve is abode to hundreds of species of flora and fauna,[12] as indicated within brackets: mammals (39), snakes (8), lizards (4), fish (6), insects (21), birds (170), seed bearing plants and trees (97), shrubs and herbs (46), climbers, parasites and semi-parasites (25), and grasses and bamboos (17).


State symbols of Jharkhand[13]
State animal Elephant
State bird Koel
State tree Saal
State flower Palash
Main article: Tribes of Jharkhand

Jharkhand has a population of 32.96 million, consisting of 16.93 million males and 16.03 million females. The sex ratio is 947 females to 1000 males. The population consists of 28% tribal peoples, 12% Scheduled Castes and 60% others. The population density of the state is 414 persons per square kilometre of land; it varies from as low as 148 per square kilometre in Gumla district to as high as 1167 per square kilometre in Dhanbad district.

Census data since 1881 has shown a gradual decline of tribal population in Jharkhand as against the gradual increase of non-tribal population in the region. The reasons given for this are the low birth rate and high death rate among the tribes; immigration of non-tribal peoples; emigration of tribal peoples; and the adverse effects of industrialisation and urbanisation in the region. Tribal leaders assert, however, that their numbers are not as low as recorded by the census, that they are still in the majority, and that they remain a demographic force to reckon with.

From the first regular Indian census of 1872, tribal denominations of the population have been regularly recorded in some form or the other. The Schedules tribes have been last notified under the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs Notification issued under Article 341 (i) and 342 (ii) of the constitution in 1956.

During the first census of 1872 the following 18 tribal communities were listed as the Aboriginal Tribes: (1)Khorta (2) Binjhia, (3) Gond, (4) Ho, (5) Kharia, (6) Kharwar, (7) Khond, (8) Kisan, (9) Korwa, (10) Mal Paharia, (11) Munda, (12) Oraon, (13) Santhal, (14) Sauria Paharia, (15) Savar, (16) Bhumij, (17) Birhor Chero.

According to the 2001 census[15] Jharkhand had 26,945,829 inhabitants.


Main article: Sarnaism

Religion in Jharkhand (2011)[16]

  Hinduism (67.8%)
  Islam (14.5%)
  Sarnaism (12.8%)
  Christianity (4.3%)
  Irreligious or others (0.6%)

As per 2011 Census of India, Hinduism is the major religion in the state with 67.8% adherents followed by Islam (14.5%) and Christianity (4.3%).[17] Other religions constitute 12.8% of state population, which is primarily Sarnaism. The total population of Jharkhand is 3.2 crore, of which Hindus are 2.2 crore (67.8%).



Modern Standard Hindi or simply Hindi, is a standardised and Sanskritised register of the Bhartiya (bhasa) language. Hindi is one of the official languages of the Union of India, and the lingua franca of the Hindi belt languages. Hindi is widely spoken in Jharkhand.


Santali is a language in the Munda subfamily of Austroasiatic languages, related to Ho and Mundari. It is spoken by around 6.2 million people in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. Most of its speakers live in India, in the states of Jharkhand.


Angika is an Indo-Aryan language spoken primarily in eastern Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and the Terai region of Nepal. Angika is written in the Devanagari script; although the Anga Lipi and Kaithi scripts were used historically. Angika is a Bihari language closely related to languages such as Bajjika, Maithili and Magahi. It was classified as a dialect of Maithili by George A. Grierson in the Linguistic Survey of India.


Divisions and Districts

Palamu Division North Chotanagpur Division South Chotanagpur Division Kolhan Division Santhal Pargana Division

Major Cities

Government and politics

Jharkhand is represented by 14 seats in the Lok Sabha and 6 in the Rajya Sabha. The State Legislative Assembly consists of 81 seats. Jharkhand was under the Chief Minister Raghubar Das after, Hemant Soren of the JMM, resigned as the eighth Chief Minister of Jharkhand, from 13 July 2013. On 28 December 2014, Raghubar Das of the Bhartiya Janata Party, was sworn-in as the tenth CM of the state, after his party emerged as the biggest party in assembly elections.

Jagannathpur Temple

Jharkhand has many political parties like national and regional e.g., INC, BJP, JMM, JVM, AJSU, RJD, JD(U), CPI(M),etc. are the major parties.

Naxal insurgency

Jharkhand has been at the centre of the Naxalite-Maoist insurgency. Since the uprising of the Naxalites in 1967, 6,000 people have been killed in fighting between the Naxalites and counter-insurgency operations by the police, and its paramilitary forces .[19]

Despite having a presence in almost 7.80% of India's geographical area[20] (home to 5.50% of India's population), the state of Jharkhand is part of the "Naxal Belt" comprising 92,000 square kilometres,[20] where the highest concentrations of the groups estimated 20,000 combatants[21] fight. Part of this is due to the fact that the state harbours a rich abundance of natural resources, while its people live in abject poverty and destitution.[22] The impoverished state provides ample recruits for the communist insurgents, who argue that they are fighting on behalf of the landless poor that see few benefits from the resource extractions.[22] As the federal government holds a monopoly on sub-surface resources in the state, the tribal population is prevented from staking any claim on the resources extracted from their land.[22] In response, the insurgents have recently begun a campaign of targeting infrastructure related to the extraction of resources vital for Indian energy needs, such as coal.[20]

A crocodile at Muta crocodile breeding centre at Ormanjhi, Ranchi

On 5 March 2007, Sunil Mahato, a member of the national parliament, was shot dead by Naxalite rebels while watching a football match on the Hindu festival of Holi near Kishanpur, 160 km (99 mi) east of the state capital, Ranchi .[19]


Open-cast mining in the Jharia coalfield

Jharkhand has several towns and innumerable villages with civic amenities. Urbanization ratio is 24.1% and the per capita annual income is US$726.8.[23] Jharkhand also has immense mineral resources: minerals ranging from (ranking in the country within bracket) from iron ore (1st), coal(3rd), copper ore (1st), mica (1st), bauxite (3rd), Manganese, limestone, china clay, fire clay, graphite (8th), kainite (1st), chromite (2nd), thorium (3rd), sillimanite, uranium (Jaduguda mines, Narwa Pahar) (1st), gold (Rakha Mines) (6th), silver and several other minerals. Large deposits of coal and iron ore support concentrations of industries, in centres like Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Bokaro and Ranchi. Tata Steel, a S&P CNX 500 conglomerate, has its corporate office in Jharkhand. NTPC has started coal production from its captive mine in state in 2011–12, for which the company will be investing about Rs 1,800 crore.[24]


As per the 2011 census conducted by Government of India the official literacy rate for the state was 67.63% (Male: 78.45%; Female: 56.21%) with 9 districts above the average literacy rate:[25][26]

  1. Ranchi: 77.13% (Male: 85.53%; Female: 68.20%)
  2. East Singhbhum (Jamshedpur): 76.13% (Male: 84.51%; Female: 67.33%)
  3. Dhanbad: 75.71% (Male: 85.68%; Female: 64.70%)
  4. Ramgarh: 73.92% (Male: 83.51%; Female: 63.49%)
  5. Bokaro: 72.48% (Male: 84.50%; Female: 61.46%)
  6. Hazaribagh: 70.48% (Male: 81.15%; Female: 59.25%)
  7. Saraikela Khasawan: 68.85% (Male: 81.01%; Female: 56.19%)
  8. Kodarma: 68.35% (Male: 81.25%; Female: 54.77%)
  9. Lohardaga: 68.29% (Male: 78.62%; Female: 57.86%)
  10. Deoghar: 66.34% (Male: 79.13%; Female: 53.39%)

Jharkhand has a network of government and privately run schools, although standards of teaching vary considerably from place to place, as also from school to school.

After formation of new state, Jharkhand Education Project Council (JEPC) has been implementing four projects for spread of elementary education namely DPEP, SSA, NPEGEL, KGBV. Hence works have been accomplished in the state towards achieving the goal of UEE but due to slow pace, the target of hundred percent enrolment and retention of children in schools is not yet attained.[27]

Jharkhand has made primary education so accessible that 95% of children of ages 6–11 are enrolled in school, as opposed to 56% in 1993–94, so this will likely to improve literacy a great deal. Some of the better known schools which operate chain of school nationally and regionally are Holy Cross School, Vikas Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya,Dav School, St. Thomas School, Delhi Public School, Oxford Public School, De Nobili School, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Chinmaya Public School, Loyola school, Sacred Heart School, St. Xavier's, Shishu Mandir, Surendranath centenary School,Dav Bariatu, etc. Students from Jharkhand have proved themselves on national as well as international level. Students from the state have always ranked well in almost all the national level competitive exams.[28]


Guru Nanak Hr Sec School, Ranchi

Students can begin school when they turn five years old, with free and compulsory primary education available for all children up to age 14. Every school is affiliated to the state board of secondary education, the CBSE, or with the ICSE. State schools use Hindi as their medium of instruction. Schools affiliated to CBSE or ICSE, instead use English. One notable national educational scheme, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan attempts to universalise elementary education through district-based, decentralised planning stressing community ownership of the school system.

The medium of instruction in schools is Hindi/English with English/Hindi/Sanskrit/Bengali/Odia as second language. After 10 years of schooling, students can join 2 years of Intermediate course (or +2 courses) in Arts, Science and Commerce. This is followed by 3 years of degree courses (graduation) or 4 years of Engineering/Agriculture/Medicine degree. On May 2008, Jharkhand became the first in India to introduce free haircuts for poor students. 40,000 barbers will be employed with a monthly salary of 1000 rupees (25 US dollars) which will cost the state government 40 million rupees (1 million US dollars).[29]

High drop-out rates and wasted primary education projects are serious concerns.[30]

Loyola School, Jamshedpur is one of the oldest schools in Jharkhand. The institution was established in 1947 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), a Roman Catholic religious order founded by St. Ignatius Loyola in 1540. The network of around 21,386 government and private schools includes:

Universities and colleges

Government and private groups operate colleges. Several institutes and research centres are located in this state. Together, these offer a wide range of courses in Undergraduate, Post-Graduate and PhD levels in science, medicine, engineering and commerce. The Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination Board caters to 3 Medical (Degree) stream colleges, 1 Agriculture University, 10 Diploma to Degree stream colleges, 16 Engineering (Diploma) stream colleges, 1 Hotel Management and Catering stream college, 2 Post-Graduate Medical (Diploma/Degree) stream colleges, and to 10 Engineering Degree stream colleges in the state.[31]

The colleges in Jharkhand are affiliated with the state's universities, namely Ranchi University, Birsa Agricultural University,Vinoba Bhave University and Kolhan University offering degrees in computer applications, information science, bio-medical instrumentation, biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences, business and hotel Management. The most notable legal and technological institutes in Jharkhand are the National University of Study and Research in Law[NUSRL(NLU Ranchi)], Ranchi,[32] Indian Institute of Technology (ISM) Dhanbad, BIT Mesra, National Institute Of Foundry and Forge Technology (NIFFT), Ranchi, and the NIT Jamshedpur, which offer engineering and technology degrees at the undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral level.

Engineering and Management Institutes

Jharkhand has a number of engineering and management colleges:

Birla Institute of Technology Main Building

Medical colleges


Chandrapura hospital

On account of salubrious climate, Jharkhand, particularly its capital Ranchi, has been like a health resort. As far back as 1918, facilities were set up for treatment of mentally challenged.[34] European Mental Hospital was established along with Indian Mental Hospital. Today they are called Central Institute of Psychiatry and Ranchi Institute of Neuro-psychiatry and Allied Sciences respectively. In certain areas of Jharkhand, poverty and consequent malnutrition have given rise to diseases like tuberculosis (TB). In fact, TB has assumed epidemic proportions in certain areas of the state. For management and treatment of such TB, Itki TB Sanatorium, Ranchi, established in 1928 has been doing exemplary work as a premier institute for clinical and programmatic management of TB. The Itki TB Sanatorium is well equipped and accredited by Government of India for quality assurance and Culture and Drug Sensitivity Testing for M.TB. It provides free of cost treatment for TB as well as Drug resistant TB. Likewise, in the field of treatment of cancer, Tata Main Hospital, Jamshedpur,[35] is rendering pioneering work. In the same way Bokaro General Hospital equipped with modern facilities for the treatment Cancer and heart related problems with capacity of 1100 beds one of the largest in eastern India.

Fluoride in groundwater presents a public health problem in Jharkhand. A recent survey led by the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi in collaboration with UNICEF in the northwest districts of Palamau and Garhwa found fluoride levels above the drinking WHO drinking water guidelines.[36] Excessive amounts of fluoride in drinking water can lead to dental fluorosis, prevalent bone fractures, and skeletal fluorosis, an irreversible disabling condition.[37] Some work has focused on combating fluorosis through increased calcium intake by consuming local plants.[38] Researchers at Princeton University and the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi are currently investigating defluoridation options, while performing an epidemiological survey to assess the extent of fluoride linked health problems and the impact of future interventions.[39][40]

Almost 80% of Jharkhand's people are farmers, although it contains 40% of India's mineral reserves it has some of India's poorest people, in Summer 2009 the state was threatened by drought, with people criticising the government for not providing food aid or assistance.[41]


Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni is from Ranchi in Jharkhand

An International Cricket stadium with an indoor stadium and a practice ground has been constructed. This international stadium has hosted an International Match between India and England on 19 January 2013.[42] Apart from that, this stadium has hosted two IPL 6 matches for KKR and qualifier 2 of IPL 8 between CSK and RCB and Celebrity Cricket League Matches for Bhojpuri Dabanggs. A Tennis Academy, which was inaugurated by Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik, also runs besides the Cricket stadium.[43] Ranchi is among six cities in Hockey India League to be played in January 2013. Ranchi franchise was bought by Patel-Uniexcel Group and the team named Ranchi Rhinos which is now being co-hosted by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and named as Ranchi Rays.[44] Ranchi is also famous for being the hometown of World Cup winning Captain of Indian Cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. India's ace archer Deepika Kumari, gold medal winner of Commonwealth Games 2010, also hails from Ranchi.


Actress Priyanka Chopra was born in Jamshedpur in Jharkhand

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