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It is the congenial social order, which promotes the cultural creations, the economic growth, the healthy political activity, and pursuit of Science and Technology. The basic necessity for this progress is the spread of education. The primary search of education is the development of dialects, which further contribute in the formation of a language. India is a very complex country, where people speak different dialects after short distances. This situation is also prevalent in Rajouri.

Gujjars and Bakerwals have been living in a particular environment. The environment adopted by them as a whole are theatres of interactions between these human groups seeking to make the best life for themselves and their habitats which offer varied but limited opportunities. Gujjar and Bakerwals adhere to their Gujri and Bakerwali dialects. The dialects of Gujjars and Bakerwals are the mixture of Urdu, Pahari, Punjabi, Poonchi, Mirpuri and Kashmiri. These people have had to face dramatic situations, whether in the present or in the past, in which they seek mastery of nature, yet have succeeded at best for the most of time in affecting only rewarding results which enriched their dialects. The Gujjars and Bakerwals, Poonchi, Kashmiri, Mirpuri and Dogras differ markedly and regionally in many aspects like physical appearance, numbers, fertility, level of culture, speech, education, energy, beliefs, social attitudes, dialects etc. This is an evident fact that both Gujjars and Bakerwals are very unevenly settled over India and Pakistan and their dialects have under gone rapid changes. Similarly, the partition of the country also contributed in the change of dialects. The Mirpuries and the Poonchies speaking their own dialects before partition now have adopted the words of Punjabi, Hindi, Pahari and Poonchi, Urdu, English as a part of their dialects. Poonchi, which consisted of Hindi, Sanskrit, Pahari and Mirpuri has also undergone a big change. The dialects and cultural heritage of the people of Rajouri has been influenced due to the coming of the people from different parts of India. Both these districts have got the impact of army camps in the area. In the army background, there is lot of interaction between them and the people of Rajouri, which has enriched the local dialects. This has resulted in more integration of these people with diverse culture of India and will eventually help them to be part of National mainstream.