As the mercury rises, nomadic Gujjars turn to hilly areas

With the rise in mercury in the plains, the nomadic Gujjars have turned to the hilly areas. This community does not have any permanent residence yet this community is happy with its business. When snow and extreme cold start on the mountains, these nomadic Gujjars move to the plains with their families and cattle and reach the higher areas during summer. The most important thing is that the people of this community do not have any special qualms about being homeless. Far away from the glamor of modernity, the nomadic Gujjars live a difficult and struggling life by wandering among the buffalo forests throughout the year. Let us tell you that during summer, people of the nomadic Gujjar community live in the forests of Narkanda, Chanshal, and Churdhar. During winter they migrate to the Dharti Dhar area of ​​Nalagarh, Baddi, Paonta, Doon, and Sirmaur districts.
This community has no concern about the revolution of information technology. This community has no connection whatsoever with social media, Facebook, the internet, politics, etc. These people celebrate all their customs and social ceremonies like marriage etc. in the forests. People of the Gujjar community spend nights in the forests during winter, rainy and summer. When sick, they use their traditional medicines i.e. herbs.
Sheikhdin and Kamaldin Gujjar, who were going to Narkanda with cattle, said that even after 75 years of independence, no government has thought about their life of struggle and there is no hope in the future. They say that earning a living for two days is most important for them. This community fulfills its daily needs by selling milk, khoya, cheese, etc. Although the government has given land on lease to some Gujjars, most of the Gujjars are nomads. Sheikhdin says that especially when it rains, it becomes very difficult to spend the night with children in the open field. Told that their children remain illiterate. The government has certainly opened mobile schools for the nomadic Gujjars, but in the absence of a permanent residence, this scheme is also not proving to be very beneficial. The nomadic Gujjars consider themselves to be of the Muslim community but they neither fast nor offer namaz. Kamaldin says that many times one has to face not only natural disasters in the forests. Rather, it becomes difficult to save life from wild animals. Despite there being no facilities like electricity, health, education, etc. in the forests, this community did not put forward their problems before any government.

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