Sultanpur

Sultanpur is a district in the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India. The district is a part of Faizabad Division. Its administrative headquarters is Sultanpur.

Around the 14-15th century, Rajkunwar branch of Chauhan Dynasty claiming to be direct descendent of Hammir Dev Chauhan of Ranthambore along with other clans like Bandalgotis, Rajwars and Bachgotis ruled over a large part of the district. In the 19th century, one notable incident was the revolt of the native troops stationed at Sultanpur during the Sepoy Mutiny after the British annexation of Oudh. The troops rose in rebellion on 9 June 1857, and, after murdering two of their officers, sacked the station. Native people and tribes like that of Bhale Sultans also fought in the rebellion. Leaders like Lal Pratap Singh of Kalakankar and Maharaj Bariar Singh Rajkunwar along with others fought and died for the cause. Upon the restoration of order, Sultanpur cantonment was strengthened by a detachment of British troops; but in 1861 it was entirely abandoned as a military station.

It has an area of 1,713 square miles (4,437 km2) . The surface is generally level, being broken only by ravines in the neighborhood of the rivers. The central portion is highly cultivated, while in the south are widespread arid plains and swampy jhils or marshes. The principal river is the Gomti River, which passes through the centre of the district and serves a valuable highway for commerce. Minor streams are the Kandu, Pili, Tengha and Nandhia; their channels form the outlet for the superfluous water of the jhils, draining into the Sai. Due to its plain fertile land and irrigation facilities, it has got an agricultural importance. Primarily an agricultural district, its principal crops are rice, pulses, wheat, barley, sugarcane and a little poppy.

Jagdishpur is the main industrial area in the district with BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited), Indo Gulf Fertiliser Limited and some leather factories. Apart from these the district also has Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) testing centre located in Korwa near Munshiganj and ACC cement factory in Gauriganj. The main line of the Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway from Lucknow to Rae Bareli and Mughal Sarai serves the south-western portion. Politically the district is noted for its Amethi constituency due to its association with Nehru family.

According to the 2011 census Sultanpur district has a population of 3,790,922, roughly equal to the nation of Liberia or the US state of Oregon.This gives it a ranking of 69th in India (out of a total of 640).The district has a population density of 855 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,210/sq mi).Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 17.92%.Sultanpur has a sex ratio of 978 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 71.14%.

Languages spoken by the denizens of the district include Awadhi, a dialect in the Hindi continuum spoken by over 38 million people, mainly in the Awadh region.