Noted tribal scholar Dr. Javaid Rahi represented Gujjar-Bakerwal tribes of Jammu and Kashmir in a ‘National Policy Consultation’ programme held on ‘Temperate-Alpine Grasslands of Himalayan’.
Organised by Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bengaluru -a Govt body , with the support of the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India the event was started on 29th April, 2019 at Sidkeong Tulku Forest Conference Hall, Forest Secretariat, Deorali, Gangtok, Sikkim for two days.
The main objective of this programme was to prepare a draft of national policy to regulate temperate-alpine grasslands in Indian Himalaya – which constitute a major geographical area of the country, and are spread across the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh.
Dr. Javaid Rahi while speaking on the topic stated Gujjars/ Bakerwals being pastoralists are the main stakeholder of grasslands. Talking about the issues being fronted by the nomadic communities of Jammu and Kashmir – he stated stated that grazing lands must not be converted for any other purpose.
He said tribal of J&K deserves extension of similar rights as enjoyed by the tribal communities of other states of India. He added that like Indian Tribes they must be given rights on JAL (water) JANGAL (Forests) and JAMEEN (land) as committed.
Dr. Javaid Rahi is a reputed scholar of the State who has written /edited/ compiled around 300 books in Gojri / about Gujjars of J&K including 1st ever Dictionary of Gojri language.