Jammu and Kashmir
Kak is also a family name of Kashmiris. There are two families of Kaks — one from Kaksoth, and the other from Rainawari. Most of the Kaks were driven out of Kashmir in 1947 due to political affiliations with Ram Chandra Kak, the then prime minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. A history of the Kak clan was written by Amar Nath Kak as Hamara Vrittanta. The first mention of the name Kak occurs in reference to the general Tilak Kak in Kalhana's Rajatarangini. The Kashmiri surname Kak is an honorific which means "Sir" as it does in the Kurdish language.
Some Kaks are Kashmiri Pandits, who have a long tradition of Indian administrative service based on fluency in a link language - Persian under the Mughals and English under the British. In light of this fact, the Kak family historically became a prominent administrative family in other parts of India, namely in Jodhpur.
Notable Kashmiri Kaks
- The New Cambridge History of India, Volume 3, Part 6: The Indian Princes and their States. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 2007-03-25. "Kashmiri brahman pandits who, like the Bengali kaayasths, had a long tradition of administrative service based on fluency in a link language - initially Persian under the Mughals and then English under the British - had migrated to Delhi, Lucknow and Lahore from the late eighteenth century onward. By the 1820s they had entered princely states as educators and administrators. The Haksar family was prominent in Indore and Gwailor, the Kak family in Jodhpur, and others in Bharatpur."
- Indian Antiquity, Vol. II
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