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Upheaval in the Nomad's Trail: Survival in the Forest Commons of Northern India

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Chakravarty-Kaul, Minoti
Conference: Reinventing the Commons, the Fifth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Bodoe, Norway
Conf. Date: May 24-28, 1995
Date: 1995
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/598
Sector: Forestry
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources
forests
nomads
Himalayas
pastoralism
reciprocity
Workshop
Abstract: "The Gaddi shepherds of the alpine tracts are in the eye of a storm brewing in the foothills of the Himalayas. Dams, National Parks and expanding infra-structure are changing the nature of nomadic trails. At stake is the survival of both indigenous 'managers' and their self-governing systems of customary rights in natural resources. "The paper attempts to establish that transhumance has been an occupational technique to make possible the optimal use of the geo-morphological relation of the Himalayan range to the riverine plains of north India. Such has been the character of nomadic pastoralism practised by two distinct people--the Gujars and the Gaddis."

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