Bania, Lad in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bania, Lad only in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey

Introduction / History

"I am ruined!" said Rahul, a money-lending businessman of the Lad community of Gujarat, as he buried his head in his palm. Neetu, his young bride, stood in the background, as his father bellowed, "How can you lend such large sums of money to a scoundrel like Kataria?" "What are we going to do?" whimpered Rahul's mother as she covered her head with her saree palu that kept slipping to her shoulder. Neetu's heart ached for Rahul, who looked more desperate than she had ever seen him. She knew that she couldn't say a thing, primarily because her father-in-law yelled and stopped only to take in quick gasps of breath, and also because it was considered unbecoming for a young daughter-in-law to interject when an older member of the family was speaking.
Later that evening when Rahul and Neetu had a quiet moment alone, she told him that she remembered something that she had learned in the Christian boarding school where she once studied. "Whenever we told the nuns how disconcerted we were because of an upcoming exam, she would say, "Ask and you will receive," and then she would pray for us. Maybe we should do just that."

Prayer Points

Pray that all hardships faced by the Lad people will prepare their hearts to seek and find the Lord. Pray that the Lord will prepare missionaries to work among the Lad Banias.


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

People Name General Bania, Lad
People Name in Country Bania, Lad
Population in India 165,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ambali, Khasie Lad, Koli Lad, Lad, Ladar, Ladik, Ladik. Ladar, Ladsi, Lajjhad, Theley Lad, Yellegar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Lad
Ethnic Code CNN25
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati (68,000) Hindi (35,000) Marathi (13,000) Konkani (5,000)
Khandesi (4,600) Marwari (3,800) Dhundari (3,400) Telugu (2,400)
Ahirani (1,200) Mewari (500) Nimadi (400) Bundeli (70)
Kannada (60)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 68,000 Hindi 35,000
Marathi 13,000 Konkani 5,000
Khandesi 4,600 Marwari 3,800
Dhundari 3,400 Telugu 2,400
Ahirani 1,200 Mewari 500
Nimadi 400 Bundeli 70
Kannada 60
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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