Namasudra, Hindu in India







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Introduction / History

As documented in British India Gazetteers and surveys and hearsay they are like many population groups of Bengal who were made outcast during the Sen Dynasty due to their defying nature and hunted to southern swamps till the Europeans came and they started migrating to the middle part of Bengal. The caste apartheid which ostracized them also to some extent protected them from mixing. However nowadays they are more or less accepted particularly among uprooted Bengali Hindu settlements.

Where are they Located?

They are found all over West Bengal, North East Indian States and to some extent all over India. But very few are found in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Naru and in Bangladesh.

What are Their Lives Like?

Their cultural life is very much like an average Bengali. They are hard-working, very lively, enthusiastic and conscious of their own identity. They were also very honest but after the division of India there has been great deterioration. Their economic condition is very bad. Average literacy is observed among them. The number of people with higher education has not been high. They are engaged in all kinds of professions but those living in villages are engaged in agriculture. A very small number of their population is doing government and private jobs.

What are Their Beliefs?

They believe in traditional Hinduism. But their community reformation started with one religious leader who believed in Monist Hinduism. His Name is Sri Sri Harichand Thakur. His son Guruchand and other descendants took charge of his unfinished work and now have become like a Holy Family of The Community.

What are Their Needs?

Their basic need is for economic restoration and socio-political rehabilitation. After the division of British India this community has mainly become uprooted refugees. A large section of this community is living below poverty line lacking all kinds of infrastructural facilities. They need economic boosting, jobs, better accommodations and better social acceptance.

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People Name General Namasudra, Hindu
People Name in Country Namasudra, Hindu
Population in India 4,930,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Khanda-Khatriya, Nama, Namassej, Namassut, Namo, Verhudti
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Namasudra, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali (3,963,000) Assamese (566,000) Hindi (201,000) Oriya (120,000)
Kurux (53,000) Maithili (31,000) Sadri (31,000) Mundari (17,000)
Santhali (11,000) Amri Karbi (9,400) Pengo (8,300) Kui (5,100)
Kuvi (1,400) Bhatri (1,400) Andaman Creole Hindi (1,200) Malayalam: Nagari-malayalam (1,200)
Bhojpuri (400) Bodo Parja (400) Surjapuri (60) Kharia (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 3,963,000 Assamese 566,000
Hindi 201,000 Oriya 120,000
Kurux 53,000 Maithili 31,000
Sadri 31,000 Mundari 17,000
Santhali 11,000 Amri Karbi 9,400
Pengo 8,300 Kui 5,100
Kuvi 1,400 Bhatri 1,400
Andaman Creole Hindi 1,200 Malayalam: Nagari-malayalam 1,200
Bhojpuri 400 Bodo Parja 400
Surjapuri 60 Kharia 20
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.09%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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