Amethi

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Amethi
city
Amethi is located in Uttar Pradesh
Amethi
Amethi
Location in Uttar Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 26°10′08″N 81°47′58″E / 26.168958°N 81.799307°E / 26.168958; 81.799307Coordinates: 26°10′08″N 81°47′58″E / 26.168958°N 81.799307°E / 26.168958; 81.799307
Country India
State Uttar Pradesh
District Amethi
Elevation 100 m (300 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 12,808
Languages
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Telephone code +915368
Website www.amethi.com

Amethi is the name of a district in Faizabad division of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Gauriganj town is the headquarters of the Amethi district.

It is better known due to being the seat of power of the Indian Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty since 1980. The former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, his grandsons Sanjay and Rajiv Gandhi (the sons of Indira Gandhi), Rajiv Gandhi's widow Sonia Gandhi and son Rahul Gandhi, have at one time or the other, represented this constituency. In 2014, it became the site of a high profile electoral fight between Congress party (Rahul Gandhi), Aam Aadmi Party (Kumar Vishwas) and Bharatiya Janata Party (Smriti Irani).

The district has always been a Congress stronghold since it's formation in 1966, having a Non-Nehru dynasty people to parliament twice (Vidyadhar Bajpai 1966-77) and a non-congress M.P only once (Ravindra Pratap Singh, Janata Party, 1977–80) [1]

However, Congress is recently facing a political challenge to manage its stronghold in Amethi. With AAP candidate and member of the national executive of the Aam Aadmi Party posing a very strong fight to the Congress vice-president.

General Characteristics of the District[edit]

Amethi was the 72nd district of Uttar Pradesh which came into existence on 1 July 2010 by merging three tehsils of the erstwhile Sultanpur district, namely, Amethi, Gauriganj and Musafirkhana and two tehsils of the erstwhile Raebareli district, namely, Salon and Tiloi and was named as Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar. However, its name was changed back to Amethi when the ruling party changed.

Amethi is a major town of district and also a municipal board. It is also called as Raipur-Amethi.

History[edit]

Amethi lies in latitude 26 degree 9 minute north and longitude 81 degree 49 minute east on Raebareli-Amethi-Sultanpur road about 40 km south-west of Sultanpur. Also called as Raipur-Amethi, of which Raipur belonged to the Raja of Amethi who lived at Ram Nagar. His ancestors used to reside in Raipur-Phulwari where the old fort is still found. Here is also a temple called Hanumangarhi and a mosque both built about hundred years ago. About three kilometres north of Ram Nagar there is a tomb of famous poet, Saint Malik Muhammad Jayasi where he died, and the fort was built by Bachghoti Rajas.[2]

Location & Geographical Area[edit]

District Amethi lies at the latitude 26°9’ north and longitude 81°49’ east at an average elevation of 101 metres(331 feet) from mean sea level. Thetotal geographic area of the districts is about 3063 km2. The surface is generally level, being broken only by ravines in the neighborhood of the rivers. The principal river is Gomti,which passes through the centre of the district. North side of this district is bounded by Faizabad District; South side is bounded by Pratapgarh District. West side is bounded by Bara-Banki District and Rai Baeilly District and the East side is bounded by Amethi District.

Topography[edit]

The land of Amethi district is generally plane except some regions around the Gomti River which drains almost the whole district. It may be called an agrarian area as agriculture is the main occupation of the people. Amethi district has a wet and dry climate with average temperatures ranging between 23 °C to 28 °C. Amethi experiences three distinct seasons: summer, monsoon and a mild autumn. Typical summer months are from March to May,with maximum temperatures ranging from 36° to 44 °C. The rainy season in the districts falls between June and September and July being the wettest month of the year. Winter starts from November. The daytime temperature hovers around 22 °C while night temperature is below 8 °C during December and January, often dropping to 2°to 3 °C.

Change of Status and Name[edit]

Amethi was recently changed to district and officially named after Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj, by B.S.P. Govt., and is 72nd district in the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India(previous it was in Sultanpur district). Recently the name Chatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar changed back to Amethi as SP govt. came in the power this year (2012)

In Lucknow on 7 October 2003, the State Cabinet revoked the earlier notification regarding renaming of Amethi as Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj Nagar. Now the Amethi will be known as its previous name, told Chief Secretary Mr. Akhand Pratap Singh in a media. Amethi contains a hospital (Sanjay Gandhi Hospital) at Munshiganj. The NGO, Society for Animal Health Agriculture Science and Humanity is located at Munshiganj.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[3] Amethi had a population of 12,808. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%.

Transport[edit]

Amethi is connected to the major cities in Uttar Pradesh and North-Eastern India via Indian Railways and roads. It has direct trains connecting with major cities like Delhi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Dehradun, Haridwar, Allahabad, Varanasi, Kolkata, Puri, Bhopal, Mumbai and Bangalore.

A number of Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation buses ply from Amethi.

Institutions[edit]

The town is a local education center, with some institutions more than 100 years old. These include the Rajarshi Rananjay Sinh Group of Institutions, Prime Educational Institutes are Indian Institute of Information Technology, Rajarshi Rananjay Sinh Institute of Management & Technology, Rajarshi Rananjay Sinh College of Pharmacy and Rajarshi Rananjay Post Graduate College. Amethi also boasts of the Avionics Division of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the organisation responsible for manufacture of Aircraft for Indian Airforce. The town contains a unit of Indo Gulf Fertilisers. Amethi district contains 1,431 government primary schools,433 government upper primary schools, 33 government-aided primary schools, 42 madrasas and 145 intermediate schools,including 18 government inter-colleges.

Infrastructure and problems[edit]

Due to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the issues of Amethi have gained wider publicity. These include lack of development,[4][5] poor / lack of roads,[6] a lack of jobs and amenities.[7] Most of the factories set up during Rajiv Gandhi's era have closed down.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amethi". Brand Bharat. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "About Amethi". 
  3. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  4. ^ Verma, Amit (14 January 2014). "Amethi not very angry with Rahu". The Asian Age. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rahul Gandhi never raised Amethi's problems in Parl: Kumar Vishwas". One India News. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Singh, Ramendra (5 January 2014). "All in the family". The Indian Express. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Photos of Amethi". Amethi Blog. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Joshua, Anita (25 April 2004). "Amethi nurses a soft corner for India's `first family". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 March 2014.