The north-eastern state of India called Assam thrives well in the agriculture industry. With its numerous tea gardens, it is understandable that tea is the major source of income of the state. Most citizens work in the agricultural sector and greatly contribute to the production of tea and other organic produce. Among its other products are rapeseed, jute, mustard, sweet potato, potato, leafy vegetables, grasses, herbs, and spices. However, it cannot be said that agricultural production in the area is most efficient, as other regions in India are better agricultural spots.
At present, Assam also experiences economic growth from tertiary sectors and manufacturing industries. Tea processing is a lucrative industry, as well as petroleum refineries. Assam is also a major producer of natural gas and crude oil in India. However, the isolation and political manipulation of Assam prohibits economic growth at an astronomical scale. The lack of transportation systems and infrastructure are also great hindrances Assam must conquer before developing into a fully-commercialized district.
Assam also has a chemical fertilizer plant, petrochemical industries, paper mills, sugar mills cement plants, cosmetics plants, textile and yarn mills, silk mills, and other processing plants for most dry goods. The state really has potential to become an industrial area in India. However, this can only take place once the government supplies its need for good roads, infrastructures, and excellent transportation systems.
The culture of Assam has evolved through time, and you will be surprised how hybrid the culture has become. It is a known fact that India holds fast to its Hindu culture. However, Assam’s current cultural outlook is more of a mixture of Hindu, Eastern, and Western beliefs. The Gamocha- an important cultural symbol in Assam, is a vital part of every Assamese socio-religious ceremony. This white cotton cloth with three red borders and red woven motifs on the remaining side is symbolic of a true Assamese regardless of origin, religion, or social background.
If you are planning to visit Assam and be one with its people, it is important to know what the Assamese society expects of its visitors. Try to adhere to tradition and always show respect to community elders. Women are not to be touched casually. Also, try not to question the beliefs and traditions of the Assamese upfront, as they might take it as an insult from an ignorant tourist. The best thing to do is to think like a native while you are there.