Cultural Shift and Adaptive Quality in Migrant Kashmiri Pandits
Nikita Bhan, Dr.Sukhwant S. Bindra
The conflict of 1989-90 in the Kashmir valley led to migration of a large number of people belonging to the Hindu, Sikh and Muslim communities to other parts of the country. These people have been categorised as migrants by the Indian government however they are also called as internally displaced persons. The paper however focuses on the Kashmiri Pandits i.e. the Hindu community of Kashmir. It tries to understand the changes in the culture of this community post migration and how they have adapted themselves socially as well as emotionally with the host community in order to sustain in a different environment. The displacement has altered their culture, specially the dressing, food habits and festivals in particular which was well rooted in the Kashmir valley i.e. their homeland. Besides that it also affected them emotionally to a great extent.The community did modify and change their culture but at the same time they did manage to sustain some part of it.
Volume: Volume 24
Issues: Issue 2
Keywords: Cultural identity, Cultural shift, Internally Displaced Persons, Kashmiri Pandits, Migration