Sunri (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
966,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Randhar was angry. He had worked hard to raise enough money to buy a small piece of land, and then he was denied. He complained to a government clerk, "I was refused the right to buy the land. They sold it to Bandhu because he is a Shaha Banik and I'm a Dalit Sunri. I'm tired of this! They receive all the privileges just because they claimed years ago to be linked to the forward castes. They are no better than the rest of us Sunris."


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though the Sunris have several subgroups, one of their branches is called Shaha Banik. In 1931 the British-India government officially declared they were higher in the caste system then other Sunris. Even today this still allows them to receive more social benefits which causes resentment among other Sunri subgroups.

The total Sunri population is over 800,000, and they reside primarily in the states of West Bengal and Bihar. Most earn their living through farming, trade, fishing, and being household service workers. They have made good progress in the field of education. All Sunri subgroups are tightly connected to their Hindu beliefs, and there are apparently only a few believers among them.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Christian Dalits and other believers will lead each Sunri subgroup into knowing God as their Lord and Savior.
* Pray that many will come to know that in God's eyes they are equal among all men, and He loves them all the same.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-24
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-21
People Name General Sunri (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Sunri (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 966,000
World Population 1,693,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 20 to 23
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Behara Sunri, Dhaneshwar Vaisya, Raik Souri, Sadhubanaik, Sadhubanik, Saha, Sahu, Saundhik, Saundika, Sethia, Shaha, Shahi, Sondhia, Sondi, Sondia, Suba, Sudhi, Suha, Sundhi, Sundi, Sundika, Sunri, Suri, सुंरी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18190
ROP3 Code 113705
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 26
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
(514,000)
Odisha
(289,000)
Assam
(57,000)
Tripura
(53,000)
Chhattisgarh
(13,000)
Maharashtra
(13,000)
Jharkhand
(12,000)
Andhra Pradesh
(3,400)
Bihar
(2,700)
Andaman and Nicobar
(1,600)
Meghalaya
(1,500)
Arunachal Pradesh
(1,200)
Sikkim
(1,000)
Nagaland
(900)
Uttar Pradesh
(800)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 26  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal (514,000)
  Odisha (289,000)
  Assam (57,000)
  Tripura (53,000)
  Chhattisgarh (13,000)
  Maharashtra (13,000)
  Jharkhand (12,000)
  Andhra Pradesh (3,400)
  Bihar (2,700)
  Andaman and Nicobar (1,600)
  Meghalaya (1,500)
  Arunachal Pradesh (1,200)
  Sikkim (1,000)
  Nagaland (900)
  Uttar Pradesh (800)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (588,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 23
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Odia
(226,000)
Assamese
(34,000)
Hindi
(27,000)
Chhattisgarhi
(16,000)
Marathi
(3,600)
Kui
(3,000)
Kurux
(800)
Halbi
(800)
Bhatri
(700)
Maithili
(600)
Telugu
(600)
Munda
(600)
Pengo
(300)
Santhali
(300)
Kuvi
(300)
People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (588,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 23
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Odia (226,000)
  Assamese (34,000)
  Hindi (27,000)
  Chhattisgarhi (16,000)
  Marathi (3,600)
  Kui (3,000)
  Kurux (800)
  Halbi (800)
  Bhatri (700)
  Maithili (600)
  Telugu (600)
  Munda (600)
  Pengo (300)
  Santhali (300)
  Kuvi (300)
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1809-2000)
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 Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.04 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.96 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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