Van Gujjars – UPSC Prelims

  • The Van Gujjars are nomadic pastoral community in Uttarakhand Himalayas that pursue transhumance from the Terai-Bhabar and Siwalik region to the higher bugyals in summer and vice versa in winter to enable their livestocks to feed on the meadows/pastures.
  • Uttarakhand High court in Nainital recently passed an interim order upholding the right of Van Gujjars to migrate to their summer homesteads in the bugyals (Himalayan alpine meadows) located within the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park.
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