Study of Indic names is full of fascination for a zealous investigator. The convention of bestowing names in India has its roots in remote past. Its study is inextricably confused by considerations of race and caste.
The institution of surnames, though a later addition to Indian names, is a panorama of fascination as well as complications.
Nicknames in India in general, and in Kashmir in particular, have been developed and nourished to their possible ends. Present Kashmiri surnames are almost cent per cent specimen of Nicknames. Though, often they are repulsive and obnoxious, yet their utility as individualising elements and marks of identification cannot be ignored.
Sociology of Names and Nicknames of India
With Special Reference to Kashmir
by Ram Krishen Kaul
Motiyar, Rainawari, Srinagar-3, Kashmir
The Kashmiri Brahmins are divided into 199 exogamous sections (gotras) the members of which profess to be descended from the Rishi or inspired saint whose name the gotra bears.
Social groups no longer could live in isolation. Pressure of population and increasing means of production made their inter-dependence necessary.
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