SOCIO POLITICAL CONDITION OF GUJJAR BAKARWAL || Illyas Ahmed in conversation with Dr. Javaid Rahi


Dr. Javaid Rahi -Researcher, intellectual, writer and historian.
He is recipient of a number of national awards, including a National Fellowship from Union Ministry of Tourism and Culture, New Delhi in 2000 for his outstanding contributions in the field of Tribal and Nomadic Research, and is noted for his work for the preservation and propagation of the Gujjar and Bakarwal Culture.

He has authored a number books in Urdu, Gojri, and other languages, published by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and languages.

He has compiled first ever Gojri Dictionary containing 70,000 words spoken by the Gujjars and Bakerwal communities and this is the fourth dictionary project which has been compiled under his supervision.

He was appointed as Head of the Gojri wing of the State Academy of Art, Culture and Languages in 1994. Under his headship, the Gojri wing of State Cultural Academy has been able to publish hundreds of books in Gojri, Urdu and English.

In September 2009 he was appointed as first Chief Editor of Gojri in the State Academy.
Rahi worked as National Secretary of Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation an NGO working on tribes of India.
He has also worked as convenor of Gojri Language in the Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (BOSE), and has introduced Gojri into the school curriculum up to 12th standard.

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