Majuli named world’s largest river island [Prelims]
- Majuli Island on the Brahmaputra in Assam was declared the largest river island in the world, toppling Marajo in Brazil, by Guinness World Records.
- The river island covers an area of around 880 sqkm.
- The island lost around one-third of its area in the last 30-40 years due to frequent flooding of the river.
- Home to an estimated 160,000 people of different ethnic groups, the island is an assembly constituency reserved for scheduled tribes.
- It was recently declared a district and was earlier a sub-division under Jorhat district.
- Majuli is the nerve centre of neo-Vaishnavite culture and has been vying for World Heritage Site status. It has been included in the tentative list by Unesco.