Dhanka in India

The Dhanka have only been reported in India
Population
418,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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.


Profile Source:   Wikipedia / Joshua Project  Creative Commons

People Name General Dhanka
People Name in Country Dhanka
Population in India 418,000
World Population 418,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 8
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
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 South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Gujarat
280,000
Rajasthan
97,000
Maharashtra
34,000
Madhya Pradesh
6,500
Odisha
200
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Gujarat 280,000
  Rajasthan 97,000
  Maharashtra 34,000
  Madhya Pradesh 6,500
  Odisha 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (298,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
37,000
Dhundari
27,000
Bhili
22,000
Shekhawati
11,000
Marwari
11,000
Marathi
9,300
Bagri
4,200
Nimadi
4,200
Merwari
3,500
Punjabi, Eastern
3,000
Urdu
2,200
Ahirani
1,500
Dhanki
1,200
Telugu
400
Mewari
300
Other People Groups Speaking Gujarati
Primary Language Gujarati (298,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 37,000
  Dhundari 27,000
  Bhili 22,000
  Shekhawati 11,000
  Marwari 11,000
  Marathi 9,300
  Bagri 4,200
  Nimadi 4,200
  Merwari 3,500
  Punjabi, Eastern 3,000
  Urdu 2,200
  Ahirani 1,500
  Dhanki 1,200
  Telugu 400
  Mewari 300
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  (1823-2005)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.59 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
94.67 %
Islam
3.74 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
Unknown
0.93 %
Photo Source Mukta Prasad 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Wikipedia / Joshua Project  Creative Commons
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.




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