India's Kashmiri Pandit community: Its history and prominent personalities

India TV news desk [ Updated 18 May 2014, 07:19:00 ]
India's Kashmiri Pandit community: Its history and prominent personalities

New Delhi: The Kashmiri Brahmin Community, popularly called Kashmiri Pandits, form a distinct class of their own and are considered to be the purest specimens of the ancient Aryan settlers in the Valley. 

This small community is highly advanced in education, more than 70% of their members being literate. Their chief occupation is government service.  

In India many well-known administrators and politicians have been Kashmiri Pundits. In the field of art, philosophy and literature, they have produced a galaxy of authors, savants and saints.  

The Kashmiri Pundits are scattered throughout India, particularly in the northern regions and many occupy high governmental and private posts. But the majority lives in Kashmir.

The history of the Kashmiri Brahmins is ages old. The Kashmiris form a branch of the race which brought the language of the Indo-Aryan type into India as seen in their language and physical appearance but the period of their immigration and the time they came by remain unresolved till date.  

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