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…a rich tapestry of cultures, ethnic mixes, languages and traditions. India’s landscapes span from the awe inspiring Himalayas, beaches, forests, the Deccan plateau and the Rajasthani desert. From North to South, East to West – there are changes to color of skin, clothing, food and language. These may appear to be superficial regional and language changes. Yet, varying religions, traditions, culture and caste add another layer to the complexity of Indian society. India’s caste system is intricately entwined with the people’s identities. The people group name denotes everything – it is a person’s occupation, religious beliefs, social standing, traditions and life story.

India – tradition and change

As India continues to grow, many people are drawn away from their traditional occupational groups into other professions and locations. A father and grandfather who are itinerant cattle herders have a grandson who works at a call centre in Delhi. Although he is an office worker, the community identifies this young man with his people group. Everything about who he is, his surname and who he will marry is entwined with the knowledge of this background.

People Groups of India

There are over 72 People Groups with a population of more than 100,000 each in Uttar Pradesh, North India. This site currently features 72 profiles of these groups from the Agaria to the Yadav. There are, of course, many hundreds more depending on how you define these groups. Here are 5 random profiles. You can find a full list on our profiles page:

Mali - Who are they? The Mali is a caste of gardeners and vegetable-growers. The word Mali is derived from the Sanskrit mala, meaning garland. There are about 8 million Mali. They are a Backward Class (OBC) spread across 89 districts in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Madhya… ...Read More...
Chamar - Who are they? One of the largest communities of India, they are a Scheduled Caste that has a single generic name. The name Chamar is derived from the Sanskrit charmakar (leather worker). They work with leather, making hides and shoes and bags. They were relegated to living on the outer… ...Read More...
Agaria - Who are the Agaria? Traditionally, the Agaria are iron-smelter workers and miners. The name Agaria is derived from the Hindi word aag, meaning fire, and from the association with the furnace used for smelting iron ore. They also call themselves Lohar (or blacksmith from the word loha, meaning iron) and believe… ...Read More...
Bharbhunja - Who are they? The Bharbhunja, Bharabhunja or Bhurji are a community of grain-parchers spread across the states of Uttar Pradesh (1 million), Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. They are almost exclusively Hindu by faith in the states of UP, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Punjab, Haryana… ...Read More...
Gosain - Who are they? The Gosain are traditionally a community of religious mendicants - homeless, wandering ascetics who have renounced material pleasures to become a sadhu (saint) and live by collecting alms and looking after temples. They are dedicated to the worship of Shiva, god of destruction who is also a… ...Read More...

Community Forums


We have now also added a new forum feature to give members a space to communicate more freely around a broader range of topics. You can find a forum for each of the people groups and several others to discuss other topics. More will be added later.