Dark times in J&K as Gujjars and Bakarwals are left utterly landless

Just when the Roshni Act was bringing some stability in the lives of the Gujjars and the Bakarwals of Jammu & Kashmir, the Governor chose to repeal it. The two traditionally nomadic pastoralist communities are now not only facing a livelihood crisis

Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has repealed the Jammu and Kashmir State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001, popularly known as the Roshni Act, because it had “not served the desired purpose and is no longer relevant in the present context”. The decision has created a livelihood crisis for the Gujjar and Bakarwal Muslim tribal communities as they are being dispossessed of the grazing land for their cattle.

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