Seasonal migration of Gujjar’s is forty percent down

JAMMU: Maintaining that declining of seasonal migratory practices among Gujjjars and Bakerwal is posing a great threat to centuries old nomadic culture, Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation members suggest the government to facilitate the tradition by making introducing new laws to boost their free movements in all parts of the state.

The speakers said in every 10 Gujjars including Bakerwals four have relinquished their nomadic lifestyle over the last two-decades due to various reasons.

“There is a great apprehension that the tribal migration traditions will become a history of the past in next few decades,” one speaker said. “In last few years it decline to a great extent.”

The main reason behind the decline in seasonal movement is closer of pastures near border areas, forests, other lands, killing of hundreds of nomadic Gujjars on upper reaches, during the turmoil, the speakers stated. They said Gujjars who lead a lonely and tough life in the high-altitude meadows of the Himalayas and the Pir-Panjal are gradually settling down permanently in plain area.

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