Sunday, April 1, 2012

What is Doggar ( ڈوگر) Caste - Voice of Doggars on Facebook

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Doggar is a "Caste".The Caste is the Family name which is use for
 recognition of a family.
A caste system is a type of social structure which divides people on the

basis of inherited social status. Although many societies could be

described in this way, within a caste system, people are rigidly

expected to marry and interact with people of the same social class.

India has a well known example of a caste system, although various

forms of caste systems can be found in many other cultures as well.

Several characteristics distinguish a caste system. The first is the

tendency toward endogamy, meaning that people marry within the

same caste exclusively. Caste mobility is also extremely rare; one

cannot transform from a laborer to a scholar except in very rare

circumstances, for example. Higher castes traditionally hold all of the

political power, and the castes may be divided further through

language, culture, and economics. Within a caste system, each

member generally knows his or her place, and your social status is

usually apparently to others as well.

Although people associate the caste system with India, the world is

actually borrowed from the Portugese. By 1555, English speakers

were using the word to refer to a race of men, adopting the

Portuguese word casta. Although the word was used in English to

describe race or breeding, in Portuguese it was more widely used in

reference to the stratified society of Portugal. When the Indian social

system was encountered in the 1600s, it came to be described as a

caste system in the Portuguese sense.

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Doggar' ( ڈوگر) is a Muslim Caste, Punjabi tribe in the Punjab region

of Pakistan. A large number of Sikh and Hindu in Haryana and

Indian Punjab also use the surname Doggar. Doggars are also found

in the Bulandshahr District of Uttar Pradesh state in North India.

Like the Punjab Doggars, they are Muslim.

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The Doggars were generally agricultural people settled along the

riversides in Punjab (see Ibbetson, Denzil; A Glossary of the Tribes

and Castes of the Punjab and North-West Frontier Province Based on

the Census Report for the Punjab, 1883; Nirmal Publishers and

Distributors (1997)).

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In the above referenced Ibbetson book, the author quotes Sir Henry

Lawrence who said of the Doggars:
“ they are tall, handsome, and sinewy, and are remarkable for having,

almost without exception, large acquiline(sic) noses; they are fanciful

and violent, and tenacious of what they consider their rights, though

susceptible to kindness, and not wanting in courage; they appear to

have been always troublesome subjects, and too fond of their own free

mode of life to willingly take service as soldiers. ”
84% of the total population of this tribe was residing in the areas

which are now part of India e.g. Amritsar District, Gurdaspur

District, Jalandhar District, Ludhiana District, Hoshiarpur District,

Ambala District, Karnal District, Kapurthala State, Malerkotla

State, Nabha State, Jind State, Kalsia State, Patiala State, Faridkot

State, Ferozepur District.
16% of the population was residing in the areas which are now part

of Pakistan e.g. Sialkot District, Gujranwala District, Sheikhupura

District, Lahore District, Kasur District, Sahiwal District, Okara

District, Pakpattan District, Faisalabd District. However, the larger

part of this population was from Ferozpur, Patiala and Hoshiarpur

Districts. Most of the Doggars of Gujranwala came from Ferozepur

approximately 2 centuries ago while almost all 14 local villages (prior

to 47) of the Doggar tribe in Sialkot District. Thehsil Pasrur,

migrated from east Punjab: Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur. Mr.

Rao Doggar, sub cast Mandar, the founder of village Kot Roy Dogran,

Tehsil Pasrur District Sialkot, came from the village VALLAH

VEHRKA near Amritsar city and similarly sardar fateh din Doggar

founder of a village called panjgrayien ( now in pakistan ) came from

hoshiyarpur ( city of india )then two of his son sardar Siraj din

Doggar and sarda Ali Akbar Doggar migrated to peerochak (a village

in sialkot district )
Doggars who migrated in 1947 settled in the areas of Faisalabad,

Kasur, Sahiwal, Sheikhupura and Burewala. While most of the

Ferozepur Doggars settled in Sahiwal (Montgomery), the Doggars

from Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur migrated to Faisalabad (Lyallpur),

Burewala, Sialkot and Chichawatni.
As a social class, the Doggars are viewed as farmers, (zamindars) on

par with the Jatts and Rajputs - depending on the region.
There is no credible reference or evidence linking Doggar tribes to

Bhatti tribe or Bhatti caste system. Bhattis, however, time and again

try to link their ancestors to the Doggar tribe.
One of the clan of Doggars is 'Naughajiya Doggar', derived from Nau

(9) Ghaza(yards), meaning '9 yards', implying tall Doggars. This

Doggar clan lays claim to 9 yard graves found all over South Asia, as

the graves of their ancestors. Average height of Noghia male Doggars

is still above six feet.
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There are several theories regarding the origins of Doggars. Some

have claimed a Rajput origin . Others have claimed a Kashmiri

“ 'The Doggars of the Punjab are found in the upper valley of the

Sutlej and eas above the lower border of the Lahore district, and have

also spread westwards along the foot of the hills into Sialkot. There

are also considerable colonies of them an Hissar and Karnal. The

Doggars of Ferozpur, where they hold the riverside almost exclusively

from 20 miles above the headquarters of that district, were thus

described by Mr Brandeth :-
" In my account of the Ferozepur ilaqaI have already alluded to the

Doggars, who are supposed to be converted Chauhan* Rajputs from

the neighbourhood of Delhi. They migrated first to the neighbourhood

of Pak Pattan, whence they spread gradually along the banks of the

Satluj and entered Ferozpur district 100 years ago.”
“ '*Francis (Ferozpur Gazetteer 1888-9 pp 15-16) gives a full account

of the Doggar history in that district and on p56 he says that the

Doggar claim to be Punwar as well as Chauhan, and are probably a

section of the Bhatti tribe and closely allied to the Naipal. The Manj

traditions say that the Doggars are descended from Lumra (fox?)

who, like Naipal was one of Rana Bhuti's 24 sons. They thrust aside

the Wattus to the West and the Naipals to the east and probably

subdued the Machhis, Mallas and other inferior tribes, assuming the

position of social superiors rather than of actual cultivators, and

affecting the title Sirdar. ”
“ 'The Ferozepur Doggars are all descended from a common ancestor

named Bahlol, but they are called Mahu Doggars, from Mahu the

grandfather of Bahlol. Bahlol had three sons **, Bambu Langar and

Sammu. The Doggars of Ferozpur and Mullanwala are the

descendants of Bambu; those of Khai the descendants of Langar; the

descendants of Sammu live in Kasur. There are many other sub-castes

of the Doggars in other districts along the banks of the Satluj, as the

Parchats, the Topuras, the Chopuras etc. The Chopura Doggars

occupy Mamdot ***. ”
Other Doggar clans of pre-partition Amritsar were Badhar, Benaich,

Chani, Chohar, Dale
Other sub-clans of the Doggar tribe include "Mattar, China, Tagra,

Mahu, Chokra"

Excerpt from Heer Waris Shah:-
n literature, Doggars were mentioned in the 18th century Punjabi

epic Heer Ranjha by Waris Shah in the scene where Heer praises

Ranjah to her father:
And Heer replied subtly, ‘My father, he is as learned as Solomon, and

he can shave the very beard of Plato. He has cunning to trace out

thefts and he speaks with wisdom in the assembly of the elders. He can

decide thousands of disputes and he is as learned in wisdom as the

Doggar Jats.'

Patiala State:-
Patiala State was established by Muslim Doggars and Sidhu Sikh Jats.
Patiala state was established by two friends, Ala Sing Sidhu, a Sikh

Jat, and Lakhna Doggar, a Muslim, in about 1721. Initially, they

captured 24 villages and then enhanced further by conquering more

and more adjacent areas. From the beginning of Patiala State until

1857, the Raja used to be a Sikh, from the family of Ala Sing Sidhu

and the Army Commander, a Muslim, from the family of Lakhna

Doggar—most likely because of an oral understanding and agreement

of the two founders.
The renowned commanders (Sipah Salar) of Patiala State, from

Lakhna Doggar's family were: Lakhna Doggar, Sadar Deen Doggar,

Shaira Doggar, Kaima Doggar, Saida Doggar, Karim-Buksh Doggar

and Kala Doggar,who was commander-in-chief of patiala in sihk-

English war foough at Mudhki.
The residence of the Lakhna family was Daska town in Patiala State.

In 1947 all of the Lakhna Doggar family, suffering heavy casualties,

migrated to Pakistan. The Sardar Shakir Doggar family settled in

Muzaffar Gharh.Sardar Muhammad Moazzam Doggar ( President

Press Club Khan Gharh ) Settled in Khan Gharh Distt Muzzaffar

Gharh. The Sardar Makhdoom Doggar family (ex-MPA and sitting

MNA Irfan Doggar) settled in village Kakar Gill near Khankah

Dogran, Shiehkupura.Sardar Abad Doggar (ex voice Chairman Distt.

Council Sheikhupura) Sardar Mubasshar Doggar and Sardar Asif

Doggar(Ex Naib Nazim Tehsil Safdarabad)are Settled in Khanqah

Dogran.Sardar Zubair Doggar,Sardar Zulfqar Doggar,Sardar

KhizarHayat Doggar,Sardar EhtshamUlHaq Doggar

Doggar in India:-
Bulandshahr District UP
In addition to the Doggars of Punjab, a small community of Muslim

Doggars are also found in the Bulandshahr District of Uttar Pradesh.

They emigrated from the Sirsa to escape the great famine of the

1780s. They now occupy four villages, not far the city of Bulandshahr.

A few have also migrated to Pakistan, and are found among the Urdu

speaking Muhajir community

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Famous Doggars:-
* Tariq Saleem Doggar – Former Inspector General of Punjab Police.
* Air Commodore Mukhtar Ahmad Doggar - was the first PAF

recipient of the Sitara-i-Jurat for the events of November 4, 1948.
* Vice Admiral Mehmood Ali Doggar.
* Sharon Doggar - Author of Waves.
* Rana (Doggar) Foroohar - Newsweek Senior Editor, Overseas

* Abdul Hameed Doggar – Former Chief Justice of Pakistan.
Abdus Samad Doggar-Senator PML(Nawaz)
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