Jat, Dhillon, Sikh in India

Joshua Project has identified the Jat, Dhillon, Sikh only in India

Population

186,000

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


The Sikhs

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Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


Introduction / History

In India, caste discrimination is forbidden by the constitution, but in actuality it pervades all religious and social structures. Socially, the most elite castes are called "forward castes," and among them are the 12 million Jats. Though most Jats are either Muslim or Hindu, those in the Punjab state are mainly Sikh (1). Among the Jats, there are sub-groups. The largest group is the Dhillon Jats, often called the Raja Jats due to the large number of kings, royalty, and warriors that have come from their clan. Its history dates back over 4,000 years with an impressive history in clan folklore. The Dhillon Dynasty probably founded India's capital city, Delhi, and ruled there from 800-283 B.C. The city's name is derived from the clan's name.


What are Their Beliefs?

There is a strong Christian presence in India's Punjab State, home of most members of the Dhillon Jats. A church planting movement began in 2000 and had goals to have strong churches in each of its 12 districts, to have Christian workers based in each of its 491 pincode areas, and for every people group to have a church. Unfortunately, forward castes like the Jats are the least reached and least open to change. Caste is so important, especially in marriage, that some Jats advocate DNA testing to prove "Jatness" before the wedding.


References

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jat_people#Religion



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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Jat, Dhillon, Sikh
People Name in Country Jat, Dhillon, Sikh
ROP3 Code 115854
Joshua Project People ID 19789
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 186,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Sikh Jat,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Eastern 163,000 Hindi 18,000 Bagri 5,900
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Jat
People Name General Jat, Dhillon, Sikh
Ethnic Code CNN25h
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Largest Religion Other / Small
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
100.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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