65% Hindu - 31%
Muslim and Growing
The Assamese Language
Project for 2016
Sharing Christ to
Hindu and Muslim
The Assam State of India above is in Red
Featuring InterComm Media Produced
by Ken Anderson Films
PO Box 618, Winona Lake, IN 46590 USA,
267-5774, Fax (574) 267-5876
History, People, & Religion
During medieval times, Assam was ruled by 2
dynasties, the Koch and the Ahom. Koch was of the Tibeto-Burmese
origin, and Ahom was Tai, ruling the north of Assam. India has faced
many invasions, but Assam was never ruled by any western power until
the British came in the 1800's. In 1826 it was taken over by the
East India Company after the first Anglo-Burmese War. 5 years later
it was annexed by the British. With the partition of India in 1947,
Assam became a State of India with part of its territory given up to
what we now call Bangladesh.
In 1970 the government of India changed the
Assam borders to satisfy national aspirations of tribal populations.
Since that time, there has been tension among groups along ethnic
lines. These groups want a Assamese homeland separate from India.
There are approximately 32 million people in
the State of Assam. After two centuries of Christian work,
professing Christians are still small in number and a disrespected
minority. Most evangelism work takes place among tribal people with
little intent to reach Hindus (65%) and Muslims (31% and growing
from neighboring Bangladesh).
Assam provides 25% of the countries petroleum,
but the economic growth rate has not kept up with India overall.
Agriculture is the main occupation of the people with 69% of the
population working in this industry. The major product is Assam tea,
which is well known all over Asia. Tourism is also a large part of
the economy with many National Parks, Lakes, Mountains, Wildlife
Sanctuaries, Crafts, and Monuments.