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          Recollecting the hard days, Shri Pegu an old village of Barpamua in Majuli, said :"I have lost my confidence now-a-days to talk about our economic conditions. It is painful to recollect those prosperous days before the great earthquake of 1950. After the earthquake, we have been losing everything due to constant floods and erosions. Our economic condition is no longer sound. therefore, I feel the need of a small family rather than an extended one. The smaller family offers better  opportunity for education and future of our children."
                     Almost all the villagers under study were of the same opinion. It may be contrary to their expressed eagerness for a larger Mishing community, but they are in favour of the opinion as expressed above. They are found to be keenly  interested in education of their children and feel that their future prospects depend on education.

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                                              References
     1.      See N.C. Pegu, The Miris or the Mishing of the Brahmaputra Valley, Kumarbari, Majuli       Assam, 1956, pp. 38-41; N. Padun, Mishing Sakalar Baibahik Niti, pp. 193-98 in B.Kagyung       (ed.), Mishing Sanskritir Alekhya, Birubari, Guwahti, 1972; D. Regan, Mishing Bibah                Paddhati, pp. 199-207, in ibid, B. Kagyung, Dugla Lanam, pp. 207-13 in ibid.  2.      The age group of the married respondents is much higher as shown in the table. But the                 respondents informed that their married life started at the age group of 20-25. Even today,         some of them prefer the same age group for marriage of their sons.

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