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I have posted lot of landscapes from my trip to Kashmir to break monotony this picture of a Gujjar man.
Nomads of Kashmir. Gujjars and Bakerwals still belong to the nomadic culture in a limited sense.
In the month of May every year these nomads migrate from highland areas of Rajouri & Poonch to the grasslands and expansive meadows of Pri Panjal mountain range - from Banihal upto Gulmarg in order to make their livestock graze therein. A big chunk of them settles on the meadows and grasslands situated in the forests on the slopes of Pir Panjal mountains above the towns of Shopian, Kulgam and Keller in South Kashmir.
In the month of October every year these nomads return to the warm climate of Rajouri & Poonch. Besides below the highland meadows there are Gujjars in a fairly large number, who are permanent settlers at the foothills of Pir Panjal
A sizeable population of Gujjars and Bakerwals in Jammu and Kashmir are living below poverty line (BPL) and do not get even sufficient food. The findings were revealed by a survey conducted by the Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation (TRCF), NGO working for the cause of Indian tribes.
The survey says that the Gujjars of the Himalayan ranges are living a very difficult life, that of the “Stone Age” as they lack basic facilities like education, health care and drinking water
The survey says that 67 per cent nomads belonging to the tribe are not in a position to manage two time meals, proper shelter and fodder for their livestock.
According to the survey, the houses erected by Gujjars for themselves are completely unhygienic and without proper light and ventilation facilities, resulting in more then 43 per cent Gujjar women, 23 per cent Gujjar males and a sizeable percentage of children suffering from T.B, asthama, bronchitis and other diseases.
The survey says that 71 per cent of nomads are not aware of schemes offered by the state and Central governments for their uplift and betterment

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