Bania, Jaiswal in India






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Introduction / History

A well-dressed man at the front of a classroom scans his tired audience. Most of them have worked all day and some look like they are falling asleep. He's looking for a volunteer. Finally, a timid man walks to the front of the room, eyes downcast. He asks the volunteer, "Would you be interested in purchasing some inexpensive real estate and selling it later for a healthy profit?" The timid man smiles broadly and makes eye contact with the instructor. "Yes!" he answers. "Would anyone else here like to do that?" Every hand shoots up. He now has their full attention. "Using the concepts in this class, over 600 people have purchased over 650 million dollars of real estate. They have made millions of rupees, and not one of them has lost money."

What are Their Lives Like?

Turiq Jaiswal is the well-dressed instructor. Jaiswal is the personal name of a sub-group of the Bania people. Many of them are successful businessmen and wealthy investors. However, Jaiswals are sometimes stereotyped negatively as shady businessmen, like the man described in the first paragraph.

What are Their Beliefs?

The majority of Jaiswals are Hindus who have not heard about the riches that God has stored up for them in heaven, if they will turn their lives over to the Lord.

Prayer Points

* Pray they will hear about the greatest deal of all time: salvation through Jesus Christ.
* Pray they will invest in the lives of others by spreading the gospel.


Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-21
People Name General Bania, Jaiswal
People Name in Country Bania, Jaiswal
Population in India 180,000
World Population 180,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Jaiswal
Ethnic Code CNN25
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
Hindi (93,000) Marwari (12,000) Marathi (9,400) Gujarati (7,500)
Konkani (2,900) Dhundari (2,100) Bengali (1,800) Merwari (600)
Shekhawati (400) Braj Bhasha (200) Panjabi, Eastern (200) Bundeli (200)
Kachchi (200) Bagri (100) Malvi (90) Chhattisgarhi (90)
Mewari (70) Bhojpuri (40) Kanauji (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 93,000 Marwari 12,000
Marathi 9,400 Gujarati 7,500
Konkani 2,900 Dhundari 2,100
Bengali 1,800 Merwari 600
Shekhawati 400 Braj Bhasha 200
Panjabi, Eastern 200 Bundeli 200
Kachchi 200 Bagri 100
Malvi 90 Chhattisgarhi 90
Mewari 70 Bhojpuri 40
Kanauji 40
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Ravi Zacharias
General Yeshu Samaj
Printed Matter Christ for the Nations
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-21

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
36.73 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
63.27 %
0.00 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
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