By Mohd. Tufail
The author is research scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Bakarwal, one of the largest nomadic Muslim tribes of India inhabits the militancy ridden vales of beautiful Kashmir and traces their ancestry to Georgia and other Central Asian Countries. The tribe in the last few decades is rapidly losing its identity and is struggling for survival in the midst of the crisis that has shrouded the Valley since the early 1990s.
With an economy based on nomadic livestock rearing, the Bakarwal for several decades now, are suffering conflict induced displacement in Kashmir, risking their societal sustainability. Unfortunately, no survey, government or otherwise, has assessed the scale of displacement although reports suggest that unrest in this region has displaced one million people over the last three decades which includes the Bakarwal, Kashmiri Pandits and others as well. The complexities of the Kashmir conflict bears inter and intra-state ramifications. The Bakarwal use a...