Bhotia

Who are they? The Bhotia or Bhotiya are an occupational caste of shepherds. Numbering around 120,000 people, they live predominantly in the northern states of…

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Turk

Who are they? A small Islamic community of around two hundred and fifty thousand people, the Turk people group, also known as Turk Zamat, traces…

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Tamboli

Who are they? The Tamboli are also known as Tambuli, Tamuli or Tamli. Tamboli has been derived from the Sanskrit word tambul meaning betel leaf…

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Shaikh

Who Are They? The Shaikh are a large Muslim community of around 45 million who are primarily cultivators but also rear buffaloes, cows, goats and…

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Sayyad

Who are they? The Sayyad, also spelled Syed or Saiyed, are a large Muslim landowning rural community. Numbering around 12.2 million they are spread over…

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