Nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwals, who today form 30 per cent of Jammu and Kashmir's population, are protesting against its move to provide ST status to the Pahari speaking people of Rajouri, Poonch and Kupwara districts.
Anxiousness started brewing among the nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwals of the state after Jammu and Kashmir government's recommendation to the Center to provide ST status to the Pahari speaking people.
My paper explores the rationale of the shaping schooling or the worldview of the Paharis about school, the way they constructed through education process.
How Paharis are thinking to face with modern world that is outside of their conventional worldview?
Paharis are peasants and traditional weavers of bamboo trays and baskets.
This made me interested to find out the following realities: (a) experiences of the human agency (center and decenter part) of the school that has multilingual and multicultural settings; (b) emic perspectives of the Paharis by using multiple theories; (c) relationship between the grand narratives and local and small theories; and (d) my etic perspective as a researcher.
Some of this trend of creating the inequality was related to the difficulty of the kind of schooling Paharis got and their belief that school and its schooling process kept them in downward position and others/their counterparts in upward position.
Here I stand on the opposite side of the "traditional anthropologists" (1) in a sense that I just brought the slice of field from the Pahari children who are the decenter part of the school structure but the center part of their community.
Some Gujjar leaders a" who are already ST a" have demanded that the paharis should not be given a similar status as it would affect the quota arithmetic in government jobs.
Abdullah's visit is also uncertain now," said Shahbaz Khan, the chief executive of Pahari Peoples Movement ( PPM).
The best examples of the fusion of Rajput feeling with Mughal naturalism are the late 18th-century Pahari paintings from the court of Guler.
Many of Seitz's most important Pahari paintings had come via the late Willy Wolff in New York.