The Subarna Banik Banias are an integral part of Indian society; they are found everywhere from small villages to large cities. Their transactions keep business flowing for the lowliest farmer who needs a loan to buy seed for next year's crop. They are also prominent in the import-export business and participate in international trade deals. To summarize, they like to make money and are a caste of money-lenders and merchants.
Like other Bania subgroups, Subarna Banik young men are trained to keep accounts and taught to view profit as the only credible outcome of any transaction. They are skilled in mental arithmetic and can calculate interest rates and other complex calculations. Even at the beginning of their trading careers, Banias learn to sell their inventories to make a profit.
Some Subarna Banik follow the Hindu religion, while others are Jains.
Culturally sensitive Christians need to reach this caste group with the good news of the freedom they can have in Jesus—freedom from the perpetual reincarnations they believe necessary to bring them rest and peace. TV and radio can be incredibly powerful mediums for communicating the gospel because they can penetrate homes where Christian workers may not be able to go.
* Pray that the Lord will appoint and anoint workers to create relevant culturally sensitive Christ-centered radio and TV materials for the Subarna Baniks.
* Pray that these media presentations will beam the light of His truth to these spiritually needy people.
Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest|
|People Name General||Bania, Subarna Banik|
|People Name in Country||Bania, Subarna Banik|
|Population in Bangladesh||4,700|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Alternate Names||Bania, Banik, Behgampuri, Kashyap, Moudgulya, Nagrishi, Poddar, Podder, Rarhi, Sandilya, Saptagrami, Sonarbene, Sureshwari, बनिया, सुबरना बनिक|
|Persecution Rank||26 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||3|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Bengali (4,700 speakers)|
|Language Code||ben Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Bengali|
Primary Language: Bengali
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1801-1984)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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||Four Spiritual Laws|