Photographer's Note

I missed India, so here is an old photo of the " "gujjars" ... " from the mountains...


Beautiful and friendly shepherd people of the Himalays called “Gujjars”... I read in the net that the most reliable census status on them is over sixty years old ; in 1931 the Census of India reported 2,038,692 Gujjars inhabiting eight provinces and Indian states; Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab (undivided) the North West Provinces (now Pakistan) and other area in and along the Himalayas…
The vast majority of Gujjars today are Muslim and are semi-nomadic, herding sheep, goats and buffalo…They migrate from the lowland plains in the winter to the upper reaches of the Himalaya during the summer…So we met them on the roads, always smiling and all very very beautiful…

notes added my "manu itu"

...this community is adapting itself more and more to lacal life style. Like initially they use to go to hill areas during summers and come back to plains in winters as plenty of green is available in hills. So they use to have fair complexions even redish like russians(or english) but now a days they usually don't migrate, make less or more permanent houses, vote for local candidates and bear the heat of summers(In northern india - like Punjab and J&K). majority makes living by selling milk to urban areas, few have switched to daily wadges. what has not changed much in years is their social status( still considered kinda outsiders in punjab), litteracy rate is almost zero.....women usually abused by landloard(They make hut houses in someone else's farm and share buffallo dung with farm owner which is difficult to get manur), most of them devoid of basic facilities such as health and education...

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