The Kasgar are a Muslim community, found in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India . After independence of Pakistan in 1947, many Kasgar migrated and resettled in Pakistan. They are now found mainly in Sindh province and have became part of Muhajir community.
History and present circumstances
The Kasgar (from Persian کاسگر meaning goblet-makers) are an occupational group who are makers of the kas kuza (Persian: کاسه کوزه) goblets and other earthen pots. They are concentrated in the Awadh region of Uttar Pradesh. Information regarding the origin of the community is obscure. However, it is likely to be a sub-group within the Kumhar community. Their major occupation remains the manufacture of earthen pots.
The Kasgar are an endogamous community, and they practice both parallel and cross cousin marriages. Like other artisan communities of North India, they have a traditional caste council.
Among the Kasgar, the caste council known as a panchayat, plays an important role in resolving disputes among the community. They perceive themselves to be of Shaikh status. The community is split by sectarian affiliation, with some members belonging to the Shia sects, while others are Sunni.
- People of India Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII Part Two edited by A Hasan & J C Das pages 747 to 750
- People of India Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII edited by A Hasan & J C Das page 747
- People of India Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII edited by A Hasan & J C Das page 746