People of Kashmir

Kashmiri population is a blend of people belonging to distinct races with different looks, dresses, food habits, customs, traditions, rituals, etc. Most of the Kashmiris are Muslims, followed by Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Roman, Greek and Persian and Christians.

Kashmir Pandit

Kashmir Pandit

Kashmiri Hindu (Kashmiri Pandits)-
Among the Kashmiris, Kashmiri Pandits who are Hindus, are a progressive community, scattered all over India. Kashmiri Pandits are amongst the original inhabitants of the valley. They used to dominate the region of Kashmir, at one point of time.Most of the Kashmiri Pandits have been recently forced people-of-kashmirto leave Kashmir due to a communal frenzy by the Muslim fundamentalists. Today, their population has been reduced to minority in Kashmir.

Kashmiri Muslims-
Muslim are the dominant community in Kashmir about 90% of the population of Kashmir are Muslim. Muslims of both communities Siya and Sunni sect reside in the valley. Their main occupations include agriculture, sheep rearing, cattle rearing and other cottage industries. Their art and craft are very famous.

Gujjars- Their lifestyle is semi-nomadic to nomadic. Some of them have settled down to agriculture, but the majority are primarily herdsmen. They are basically from Gujrat and Rajasthan and speak Gujari. Gujjar converted themselves to Muslim faith. They live mostly in the hilly area of Kashmir and are generally herdsmen by occupation. Gujjars have notably Jewish features.

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