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The prevalence of fables in India is very old. The books and scriptures like the Vedas, the Vedangas, the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, the Puranas, the Upanisadas, the Panchatantra, the Hitopadesa, the Buddha Jatakas and the Kathasarit-Sagara adduce ample proof of the antiguity of fables or stories. From the earliest times various stories are in circulation orally amongst diverse races and tribes of India. In the initial stages these stories could not be divided as stories from the Puranas, the stories of the animals or the fairy tales. But in course of time the difference between the stories written with the idea of giving moral lessons and the stories signifying nothing to that effect, became explicit. The Mahabhanrata is full of the episodes from the Puranas and through the episodes, the victory of the virtues and the defeat of the follies were predominantly expressed. The natural atmosphere, the geographical condition, the political atmosphere, the religious allegiance and the way of social life filled the stories, fables or episodes with moral lessons.1 Yet everybody admits that a type of literature like short story existed in Assamese from the past. It is the fable or the story. From the point of view of technique, however, modern short story does not show any resemblance with the fable. In the growth and development of the short story the contribution of the fables or the stories cannot be ignored. As a result of the western literature Assamese literature gained developments in different directions which were unknown hitherto. Along with other branches of literature the short story made its glorious entrance into Assamese, LakshminathBezbaroa celebrated the birth of the Assamese short story in the pages of the journal Jonaki.2          

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PrasannaKhataniar, & BhanitaNath. (2019). A Study of the Growth of Assamese Short Story. Thematics Journal of Geography, 8(8), 236-242. Retrieved from https://thematicsjournals.org/index.php/tjg/article/view/9667