Eroding Identities of Kashmir’s Bakarwal

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 […]

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Foraging through forests: Gaddi

Gaddi, the nomadic sheep herding scheduled tribe of Himachal Pradesh, are among the traditional pastoralists of Himalayas, the others being Gujjar, Bakarwal, Kinnaur, Kauli and Kanet. Environmentalists have long perceived pastoralists’ livestock as an enemy to wildlife conservation, even though the livestock may not be that different from wildlife. Plus, increasing evidence is emerging for […]

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Vanishing Languages and Endangered Ecosystems

Biocultural Diversity Scientists maintain that there is an inextricable relationship between biological, cultural and linguistic diversities. It draws from anthropological, ethnobiological, and linguistic insights concerning the relationships of human language, knowledge, culture and practices with environment and nature. It has been proved through the work of Luisa Maffi, titled ‘On Biocultural Diversity: Linking Language, Knowledge […]

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