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Boy learns numbers under kerosine lamp
Published on 30 Sep. 2010 11:52 PM IST
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A little Mising tribal boy learns the Assamese numbers under the light of a kerosine lamp at Afala villege at Disangmukh in Sivasagar, Assam, India.
The area is not getting full electrification even after 63 years of Indian independence and the supply of government sponsored kerosine oil is also very limited.
The Misings, an Indo-Mongoloid group of people, live in the eastern region of the Brahmaputra valley in Assam, India, with habitations scattered now in eight districts of the state, viz. Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sibsager, Jorhat, Golaghat and Sonitpur.
They migrated from the eastern Himalayan regions in Tibet in the hoary past and finally settled in the fertile Brahmaputra valley in Assam after having lived for long centuries in the Siang region of present-day Arunachal. While migrating to Assam, the Misings followed mainly the course of the Brahmaputra, gradually spreading to other stretches of land lying on the banks of its tributaries like the Dihing, Disang, Dikhow, the Subansiri, the Ranganadi, the Dikrong, etc.
They are, therefore, basically a riparian tribe, but erosions of the river Brahmaputra have forced a section of Misings to move to other places away from rivers. Their population has some concentration in the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and the Majuli subdivision of the Jorhat district. There is a small population of Misings in Arunachal also.

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