Chief Information Commissioner G. R. Sofi released a book titled ‘The Paharis’ here today. The book has been authored by Shakeel-ur-Rehman, Deputy Secretary, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.Speaking on the occasion Sufi described the book as a useful addition to the treasure of tribal literature in India. Expressing deep appreciation for the work done by the author Sufi laid emphasis on undertaking such initiatives.
“It is our first event after the post 2014 flood and from now onwards we intend to give further fillip to events like book releases etc,” he said.
Dedicated to the unsung heroes of Pahari cause, the book has specific
chapters on such variegated issues as tribal identity, ethnography, Pahari festivals, customs, art, marital practices, religious ideologies and seasonal migrations.
Highlighting various facets of the book, Abdul Hafeez Shah, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara read an in-depth paper on it. Describing ‘The Paharis’ as an informative book, Shah said that publication of such a book was long overdue.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Sarmad Hafeez, Maqbool
Sahil and Syed Altaf Hussain Bukhari.
Earlier while welcoming the guests, Programme Head, Radio Kashmir, Srinagar, Sayed Humayun Qaisar said that events like today’s book release shall continue to be hosted by Radio Kashmir.