Learn more about India’s 29 States and 7 Union Territories: Information provided by the Government of India – From Andhra Pradesh to West Bengal

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States and Union Territories

India, a union of states, is a Sovereign, Secular, Democratic Republic with a Parliamentary system of Government. The President is the constitutional head of Executive of the Union. In the states, the Governor, as the representative of the President, is the head of Executive. The system of government in states closely resembles that of the Union. There are 29 states and 7 Union territories in the country. Union Territories are administered by the President through an Administrator appointed by him/her. From the largest to the smallest, each State/UT of India has a unique demography, history and culture, dress, festivals, language etc. This section introduces you to the various States/UTs in the Country and urges you to explore their magnificent uniqueness…

Source: http://www.knowindia.gov.in/knowindia/state_uts.php
Date accessed: 12 August 2015

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States and Capitals

  1. Andhra Pradesh (Hyderabad)
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  2. Arunachal Pradesh (Itanagar)
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  3. Assam (Dispur)
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  4. Bihar (Patna)
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  5. Chhattisgarh (Raipur)
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  6. Goa (Panaji)
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  7. Gujarat (Gandhinagar)
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  8. Haryana (Chandigarh)
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  9. Himachal Pradesh (Shimla)
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  10. Jammu & Kashmir (Srinagar{S*}, Jammu{W*})
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  11. Jharkhand (Ranchi)
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  12. Karnataka (Bangalore)
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  13. Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram)
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  14. Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal)
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  15. Maharashtra (Mumbai)
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  16. Manipur (Imphal)
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  17. Meghalaya (Shillong)
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  18. Mizoram (Aizawl)
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  19. Nagaland (Kohima)
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  20. Odisha (Bhubaneshwar)
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  21. Punjab (Chandigarh)
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  22. Rajasthan (Jaipur)
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  23. Sikkim (Gangtok)
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  24. Tamil Nadu (Chennai)
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  25. Telangana (Hyderabad)
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  26. Tripura (Agartala)
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  27. Uttarakhand (Dehradun)
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  28. Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow)
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  29. West Bengal (Kolkata)
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Union Territories and Capitals

  1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Port Blair)
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  2. Chandigarh (Chandigarh)
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  3. The Government of NCT of Delhi (Delhi)
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  4. Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Silvassa)
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  5. Daman and Diu (Daman)
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  6. Lakshadweep (Kavaratti)
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  7. Puducherry (Puducherry)
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Note

Several States and Union Territories may not acknowledge the presence of any community recognized as Scheduled Tribe (ST). Yet people from tribal communities now also reside in metropolitan areas like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai etc., either as (poor) work migrants such as craftsmen or labourers; or (as in the case of educated Adivasis) as students, researchers and professionals: persons with “tribal roots” yet affiliated with India’s government and private institutions such as banks, the mass media and other major companies. They are bound to be more assimilated, even “invisible”, than those who remain attached to their ancestral lands.

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