very helpful for the
illiterate villagers like him and informed us about the happenings in the outer world.
They discuss various matters in the religious institution (Namghar) with the
religious leaders when pujas and festivals are held. Political and educated
elites of their villages informed them news either in terms of gossip or discussion.
Case Study 6.2
Name-Shri Bidya Paw. Age-29 years. He
subscribes a newspaper and owns a radio set. Shri Paw, a villager of Mohmora, is of the
opinion that since the introduction of railways in the year 1964-65, they have been
getting better communication facilities. The entire atmosphere of Jonai area has changed
due to the arrival of the immigrants. They get benefit in communicating themselves with
the Hindi and Bengali speaking people.
There is a radio in his family. He told that
radio listening has become his habit. His most popular items are the local news, Mishing
programmes, other light programmes on songs and drama. The languages of the programmes are
mainly Assamese and Hindi.His co-villagers use to visit his residence for listening to
Case Study 6.3
years.He subscribes one Assamese daily and owns a transistor set.
Keeping in view the importance of mass media,he
started a cinema hall in Dhemaji in 1969.According to him, though it was a business,yet
his aim was to educate the local villagers by showing few good pictures. The news and
knowledge gathered from radio and newspaper are usually explained by him to the
illiterate villagers. Accordingly, he tries to inform to the villagers reading the events
in other areas. He says that radio and news papers , now-a-days, are easily available in
the market. Shri Kardong is of the opinion that if transport communication and mass media
are used properly by his co-villagers, It will help in their socio-economic and
On the basis of our field observation, primary data
and case studies we can derive the following conclusions regarding the differential
of communication in the three villages under study:
to table 6.2, it has been found that in gross terms, there are radio sets in the villages Barpamua but if we try to analyse the radio then the
position is much better in Duhutimukh where there is one radio set for 2.8
(2) As regards the
subscription of newspapers, the position is again much better in
Duhutimukh where one news-paper is subscribed for a group of 22.5 respondents.
1. Sources : Stastical Hand book of Assam,1971,
2. The situation of the villagers have been discussed in
ChapterIII of this dissertation. In this Chapter slight
repetation is made for the determination of communication facilities of the
3. See:'Indian railways : Rates and regulations'
by N.B. Mehta,1927, P.S. King and son Ltd.,
London; and 'Indian Railways' by
A.Prasad, 1960, Asia publishing house, Bombay.
4. Source : Stastical Handbook of Assam,1976.
5. Source: Note book of survey and construction organisation of an
N.F.Railway ,which is obtained
from Maligaon, Guwahati , Headquarter at Kurseng in the district of Darjeeling
, West Bengal.