Shri Indraneel Pegu, Research Scholar, Department of History has been awarded the Ph.D. Degree by the Faculty of Arts, Gauhati University

Dr. Indraneel Pegu, M.A.(History), Ph.D.
Shri Indraneel Pegu, Research Scholar, Department of History has been awarded the Ph.D. Degree by the Faculty of Arts, Gauhati University, Guwahati (Ph.D. Notification Date: 02.12.2013) (Memo No.ACR/Ph.D./Award/2013/3104-3204) for his Thesis titled ‘Religious Beliefs and Practices of the Misings of Assam: A Case Study of Majuli’. He worked under the Supervision of Dr. Gajendra Adhikary, Principal, Dakshin Kamrup Girls’ College, Mirza, Assam.


Shri Indraneel Pegu hails from Borpomua village of Jengraimukh situated in the river island Majuli of Jorhat district of Assam. He is the eldest son of Shri Upen Pegu, Teacher, Jengraimukh Higher Secondary and Mrs Hemalata Pegu, Head Mistress, Jengraimukh L.P. School. It is heartening to know that Shri Indraneel Pegu is the second person to receive Doctorate Degree from the Jengraimukh area after Dr. Durgeswar Doley, Retd. Professor, Dibrugarh University.

In his research work ‘Religious Beliefs and Practices of the Misings of Assam: A Case Study of Majuli’, Shri Indraneel Pegu has worked on the traditional beliefs and the practices of the Misings of Assam. It may be mentioned that the Misings are still known as Miris as per the constitution of India though a bill has been passed in the parliament to change the name from ‘Miri’ to ‘Mising’. The Bill was introduced by Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Ms Bijoya Chakravarty at Lok Sabha at 15:30 hours, 27th April, 2012. One may consult LokSabha.nic.in (164.100.47.132/Annexture/Isq 15/11/au 651.htm) entitled Change of Nomenclature of “Miri” to “Mising”. The religious beliefs and practices of the Misings fall within the purview of Animism. However, ever since their migration from the hills of Arunachal Pradesh to the plains of Assam their traditional beliefs and practices witnessed a process of gradual transition as well as conversion. The influence of Vaisnavism is the most important transition of the Misings. Majuli- the area under study bears significance since on one hand it is known as the Vaisnavite capital of Assam while on the other hand it is also the place where the Mising populations are in majority with their own beliefs and practices.

The influence of Vaisnavism is only one part of the influence of the Misings. Different forms of Hinduism like Saktism, Saivism, Thakur, Prohidyo, Tantricism had its influence in their society in one way or the other. The conversion towards Christianity is another important development in the religious life of the Misings. As has been known by general public through newspaper reports and various other sourcesthat the conversion towards Christianity is increasing at a rapid rate. On the other hand, in an attempt to preserve the traditional beliefs and practices the more conscious and educated sections of the society have formed an organization named ‘Do:nyi-Po:lo Yelām Kébāng’. Through this organization an attempt has been made to institutionalize the traditional beliefs and practices and for the same they have issued many guidelines.

Thus many development and changes are taking place in the Mising society in the name of religion. The study on their traditional beliefs and practices, its changes; and factors for its changes were part of the research work under study.

Shri Indraneel Pegu has a number of research papers to his credit and to mention the following may be made:
  • Food and dress Habits of the Mising Tribe of Assam’ published in the Tura Session of North East India History Association (NEIHA).
  • Concept of Do:nyi-Po:lo and its Importance in Mising way of Worshippublished in the Agartala Session of NEIHA.
  • Prevalence of witch-craft in Assam with Special Reference to the Misings of Majuli’published in the Itanagar Session of NEIHA.
  • Transition in the Cultural Life of the Misings of Assam’published in the The Marginal Voice (ISSN:0976-853X).
  • Neo-Vaisnavism among the Misings of Majuli’ published by Dhing College (ISBN:978-81-925433-14).
  • Christianity Among the Misings of Assam with Special Reference to Majuli Island’in Golden Research Thoughts (ISSN: 2231-5063).
He has also contributed a chapter titled, Continuity and Change inthe Religious Beliefs and Practices of the Misings of Assam with Special referenceto Majuli in the Book named Religion, Beliefs and Practices in North-East India (ISBN:81-8324-424-6) edited by Lalrinnunga Hmar.

Dimorian Review congratulates to Shri Indraneel Pegu for his achievement!

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