Hadi in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


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.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-17
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-09-18
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-27
People Name General Hadi
People Name in Country Hadi
Population in India 1,123,000
World Population 1,190,000
Countries 4
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
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
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
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Bengali Language Film
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Printed Matter Christ for the Nations
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-17
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-09-18
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-27

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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Other / Small
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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