Dhanka in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Dhanka are an Adivasi group in India. They number slightly over 400,000 people. Over half of the Dhanka live in Gujarat state with smaller populations in Maharashtra and Rajasthan and a small population in Madhya Pradesh.

Over 90% of the Dhanka are Hindus, but small numbers are Muslims or Christians.

The Dhanka are a sub-division of the Bhil, distributed in Jaipur, Alwar, Ajmer and Sirohi districts in Rajasthan as well as other states. The Dhanka are also known as Dhankia. The population of Dhanka in Jaipur is nearly 100,000 people.

In the past, the Dhanka were forest hunters or engaged in the services of jagirdars / landowners as farmers or soldier guards. After the abolishing of jagirdari nearly 70% of the Dhanka migrated to cities by 1960. The Dhanka often work in elecricity and waterworks departments. They no longer have any land for agriculture and after migrating into the cities, they no longer have farming skills. Dhanka only marry within their caste.

The literacy of the Dhanka is 65%, one of the highest of the tribes of Rajasthan. Although the Dhanka are known as hard workers, they are often very poor. The Dhanka need a proper share of reservation land.


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Scripture Prayers for the Dhanka in India.


Profile Source:   Wikipedia / Joshua Project  Creative Commons

People Name General Dhanka
People Name in Country Dhanka
Population this Country 498,000
Population all Countries 502,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 10
Alternate Names Dhanak; Dhankia; Dhanuk; Dhunia; Dhunka; Dhunka Golandaj; Dhunkar; Golandaj; Kadore; Karar; Karare; Korar; Tetaria; Valvi; ढँका
People ID 16706
ROP3 Code 111941
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Gujarat
331,000
Rajasthan
114,000
Maharashtra
41,000
Madhya Pradesh
7,600
Odisha
200
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Gujarat 331,000
  Rajasthan 114,000
  Maharashtra 41,000
  Madhya Pradesh 7,600
  Odisha 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (280,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
37,000
Dhundari
27,000
Bhili
22,000
Marwari
15,000
Shekhawati
11,000
Marathi
11,000
Bagri
4,200
Nimadi
4,200
Punjabi, Eastern
3,000
Ahirani
1,500
Urdu
1,400
Dangi
1,200
Telugu
400
Mewari
300
Odia
200
Primary Language Gujarati (280,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 37,000
  Dhundari 27,000
  Bhili 22,000
  Marwari 15,000
  Shekhawati 11,000
  Marathi 11,000
  Bagri 4,200
  Nimadi 4,200
  Punjabi, Eastern 3,000
  Ahirani 1,500
  Urdu 1,400
  Dangi 1,200
  Telugu 400
  Mewari 300
  Odia 200
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2021)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati Jesus Film Project
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.29 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.48 %
Islam
1.85 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
0.33 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Mukta Prasad 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Wikipedia / Joshua Project  Creative Commons
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more