Sunri, Hindu in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey

Introduction / History

Randhar was angry. He had worked hard to raise enough money to buy a small piece of land, and then he was denied. He complained to a government clerk, "I was refused the right to buy the land. They sold it to Bandhu because he is a Shaha Banik and I'm a Dalit Sunri. I'm tired of this! They receive all the privileges just because they claimed years ago to be linked to the forward castes. They are no better than the rest of us Sunris."

What are Their Lives Like?

Though the Sunris have several subgroups, one of their branches is called Shaha Banik. In 1931 the British-India government officially declared they were higher in the caste system then other Sunris. Even today this still allows them to receive more social benefits which causes resentment among other Sunri subgroups.

The total Sunri population is over 800,000, and they reside primarily in the states of West Bengal and Bihar. Most earn their living through farming, trade, fishing, and being household service workers. They have made good progress in the field of education. All Sunri subgroups are tightly connected to their Hindu beliefs, and there are apparently only a few believers among them.

Prayer Points

* Pray that Christian Dalits and other believers will lead each Sunri subgroup into knowing God as their Lord and Savior.
* Pray that many will come to know that in God's eyes they are equal among all men, and He loves them all the same.

People Name General Sunri, Hindu
People Name in Country Sunri, Hindu
Population in India 845,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Behara Sunri, Dhaneshwar Vaisya, Raik Souri, Sadhubanaik, Sadhubanik, Saha, Sahu, Saundhik, Saundika, Sethia, Shaha, Shahi, Sondhia, Sondi, Sondia, Suba, Sudhi, Suha, Sundhi, Sundi, Suri
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Sunri, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25c
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali (565,000) Oriya (208,000) Assamese (26,000) Hindi (26,000)
Chhattisgarhi (16,000) Kui (4,900) Marathi (2,900) Pengo (2,100)
Kurux (1,000) Halbi (900) Mundari: Bhumij (900) Kuvi (800)
Munda (700) Bhatri (700) Santhali (700) Maithili (700)
Ho (600) Telugu (600) Marwari (300) Andaman Creole Hindi (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 565,000 Oriya 208,000
Assamese 26,000 Hindi 26,000
Chhattisgarhi 16,000 Kui 4,900
Marathi 2,900 Pengo 2,100
Kurux 1,000 Halbi 900
Mundari: Bhumij 900 Kuvi 800
Munda 700 Bhatri 700
Santhali 700 Maithili 700
Ho 600 Telugu 600
Marwari 300 Andaman Creole Hindi 200
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.01%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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