Dantewada district

Dantewada District

Dantewada district

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Description:
Dantewada District, also known as Dantewara District or Dakshin Bastar District (South Bastar District), is a district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Dantewada is the district headquarters. The district is part of Bastar Division. Until 1998, the Dantewada District was a tehsil of the larger Bastar District.

Geography

Dantewada District has an area of 10,238.99 kmĀ². It is bounded on the north and northeast by Bastar District, on the east by Malkangiri District of Orissa state, on the south and southwest by Khammam District of Andhra Pradesh state, and on the west by the Indravati River, which forms the boundary with Karimnagar District of Andhra Pradesh and Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra.

Demographics

The district has a population of 719,065 (2001 census), of which 476,945 (66%) are tribal peoples (adivasis). The district is divided into 7 tehsils, Dantewada, Gidam, Kuwakonda, Katekalyan, Chhindgarh, Sukma, and Konta.

Literacy

Dantewada, with a literacy rate of 30.17%, is the least literate district in India. It is also the district having the lowest male literacy rate in India (39.75%).

History

Before Indian Independence, the district was part of the princely state of Bastar. After Indian Independence in 1947, Bastar's ruler acceded to the government of India, and the erstwhile state became part of Bastar District of Madhya Pradesh state. Bastar District was divided into the districts of Bastar, Dantewada, and Kanker in 1999. In 2000, Dantewada...
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