Gujjars have Turkish origin, says study

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Apr 27: The word “Gujjar” has been originated in Turkey and initially used by Turks of Central Asia in third millennium BC, a study has revealed.
 The study conducted by the Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation, an organisation working on Gujjars in India, said in Turkish language the word “Gujjar”  was spelled as “Göçer” which stand for a “dominant ethnic group” who were later turned into a seasonal pastoralist nomad.
 Releasing the study, Dr Javaid Rahi, national secretary of Tribal Foundation said new research has proved  that the Gujjar  race had remained a most vibrant identity of Central Asia in BC era and later  ruled over many princely states in northern India for hundred of years. “They have also left their imprints in the Himalayan ranges and inscribed them in such a way that they could not be destroyed even after thousand of years,” he said.
 The study further revealed that the 5000 year history Gujjars unexpectedly resembles with the tribes of Turkic origins who left for Koh-e kaf during the era of Christ along with their, camels and other domestic animals.
 In Jammu and Kashmir, the study said, “Turk” is one of the important cast (Gotra) of Gujjars and hundreds of Turk Gujjars are residing in different districts of Kashmir Valley.
 Study said in Gojri there are a number words which are Trkish origin thereby linking the Gujjars history  with Turks. Even this is surprising that the Tribal Folk-Art and  Costumes of Nomadic Gujjar still resembles with that of Trakish tribe.