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Volume 5 Issue 12
December-2018
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JETIR1812B98

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781-790

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The Sense of Belonging and Otherness: A Study of Pakhtoon Diaspora in Kashmir

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2349-5162

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"The Sense of Belonging and Otherness: A Study of Pakhtoon Diaspora in Kashmir", International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research (www.jetir.org), ISSN:2349-5162, Vol.5, Issue 12, page no.781-790, December-2018, Available :http://www.jetir.org/papers/JETIR1812B98.pdf

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As argued by Bhat (2017) social relations are like liquid and with external stimulus and environment liquids spill, evaporate, freeze, change their form and shape, Pakhtoons of Afghanistan and West Frontiers of Pakistan with external stimulus and environment spilled to different corners of the globe. The conflict in their home land forced them to spill far and wide and a large portion dispersed in the Indian subcontinent. The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been one of the passages for this community due to many socio-economic factors. They spilled in the state from North Western Frontier Provinces about 150 years ago and settled in the upper reaches of the Valley of Kashmir mainly in four districts i.e. Ganderbal, Anantnag, Baramulla and Kupwara. The community constitutes an important ethnic group of the state. However, they have been “ academic untouchables” as there is hardly any academic exploration on the community, even historical accounts on Kashmir are partially silent as to why and when they came and settled in Kashmir? The present study by using the tool of oral history aims to know the factors responsible for their spill in the valley of Kashmir. By employing participant observation method not only uncovering the socio- cultural of the community was intention but to reveal their sense of belonging and otherness. It came to fore that the community at the same time has the complex and dynamic sense of belonging and otherness. It highlights the various aspects of their diasporic consciousness like their contradictions and complexities of belonging to Kashmir, their fierce clinging to the tenants of the Pashtunwali (traditional and typical Pashtoon code of life). The common phenomenon the “Myth of Return” as found in diasporic communities across the globe has been found in the group.

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Keywords: Pakhtoon, Kashmir, Identity, Ethnic Group, Belonging, Otherness, Diaspora, Myth of Return

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"The Sense of Belonging and Otherness: A Study of Pakhtoon Diaspora in Kashmir", International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research (www.jetir.org | UGC and issn Approved), ISSN:2349-5162, Vol.5, Issue 12, page no. pp781-790, December-2018, Available at : http://www.jetir.org/papers/JETIR1812B98.pdf

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Published Paper ID: JETIR1812B98
Registration ID: 194455
Published In: Volume 5 | Issue 12 | Year December-2018
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Page No: 781-790
ISSN Number: 2349-5162

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"The Sense of Belonging and Otherness: A Study of Pakhtoon Diaspora in Kashmir", International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research (www.jetir.org | UGC and issn Approved), ISSN:2349-5162, Vol.5, Issue 12, page no. pp781-790, December-2018, Available at : http://www.jetir.org/papers/JETIR1812B98.pdf




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