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Land Use, Land Administration And Land Rights In Shigar, Baltistan

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Shigar, located in the central Karakorum, is one of the main valleys in Baltistan. Traditionally, mixed mountain agriculture?a combination of animal husbandry and crop farming based on canal irrigation?forms the main element of the subsistence economy of almost all households in Shigar. This chapter shows how land administration, revenue systems and property rights have changed over the past two centuries. Land as political territory has always been a source of power or, to put it the other way round, political power has generally been linked to holding sway over a specific territory. Under British assistance a land settlement was carried out in Jammu and Kashmir, originally in the Valley of Kashmir, under the supervision of settlement officer, Walter Lawrence. With regard to land rights in Shigar, one must recognise the existence of two main types of land resources primarily defined by their user groups.

Keywords: animal husbandry; Baltistan; central Karakorum; Kashmir; land administration; land rights; land settlement; mixed mountain agriculture; property rights; Shigar



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