Hadi in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey

Introduction / History

Every morning Omika's husband and sons walk to a farmer's field while she joins an army of street sweepers. As a member of the Haddi community, she does her duty as a Dalit sweeper. She trudges to her section of a street. Cars whiz by. Auto-rickshaws putter. Bikes peddle. She walks stooped with her broom, swishing right to left. Clouds of dust rise as trash collects in a pile. She drags a large metal drum next to the garbage and deposits the sweepings into it. All morning long, six days a week, she repeats this routine.

As long as anyone can remember, Dalits have been consigned to jobs like street sweeping and leather work. But a change is coming for the Haddis. Omika has heard of a distant relative who has put her faith in Jesus. Both fear and curiosity stir within her. She fears leaving the Hindu religion of her ancestors. Trapped in a system of servitude, how can she abandon the ancestral way? Still, followers of Christ speak of equal acceptance and forgiveness. Can she risk exploring this foreign-sounding religion?

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Holy Spirit will give courage to thousands of Haddis who seek a better way of life.
* Pray that Indian believers will demonstrate that following Christ is not a foreign religion but an international faith.

People Name General Hadi
People Name in Country Hadi
Population in India 1,123,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bansmali, Bhusan, Birbangshi, Chacchadi, Ghasi, Haddi, Hadi Santhan, Hari
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Hadi
Ethnic Code MSY50c
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali (692,000) Oriya (232,000) Hindi (154,000) Bhojpuri (42,000)
Maithili (10,000) Santhali (5,600) Kui (2,700) Kurux (2,500)
Magahi (2,100) Kharia (1,900) Mundari: Bhumij (1,300) Kangri (1,200)
Assamese (900) Chhattisgarhi (700) Ho (400) Garhwali (400)
Mandeali (400) Angika (300) Panjabi, Eastern (300) Awadhi (300)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 692,000 Oriya 232,000
Hindi 154,000 Bhojpuri 42,000
Maithili 10,000 Santhali 5,600
Kui 2,700 Kurux 2,500
Magahi 2,100 Kharia 1,900
Mundari: Bhumij 1,300 Kangri 1,200
Assamese 900 Chhattisgarhi 700
Ho 400 Garhwali 400
Mandeali 400 Angika 300
Panjabi, Eastern 300 Awadhi 300
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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