Kunjra

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Kunjra
Total population
31,000[1]
Regions with significant populations
 Pakistan India
Languages
UrduKhari BoliAwadhiBhojpuri
Religion
Allah-green.svg Islam 100% •
Related ethnic groups
KabariaArainArain of DelhiBaghbanRayeenRayee

The Kunjra (pronounced as Kunjrda or Kunjda ) are a Muslim community found in North India, Central India and Pakistan.[2]

History and origin[edit]

The Kunjra are a community associated with green grocing, who sell mainly vegetable and fruits. The name of the community is derived from Arabic word kunj, which means a group of warrior . The now prefer to call themselves Rayeen, and claim their migration from the Rayee mountains in Arabia.[3] This claim is rejected by the Rayeen community, who also found in Uttar Pradesh.

There are social divisions within the community, such as Jaunpuria, Mirzapuria and Purbia. In Awadh, the Kabaria Kunjra now form a distinct endogamous group. Unlike other Kunjra groups, the Kabaria are largely a community of peasant cultivators. The Kunjra are strictly endogamous. kanjar

Present circumstances[edit]

The community is urban based, and buys vegetables from other communities such as the Murao and Kachhi. They are included in the Other backward caste category in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi.[4]

Some have settled in villages, and have marginal land, growing fruits and vegetables. They have a traditional community council, headed by a choudhary. This community council resolves social issues such as disputes within families, and issues such as divorces.

They are Muslims of the Sunni sect, and also follow a number of local saints such as Ghazi Mian and Pachon Pir.

Kunjra,s are also using sir-name Caste,KHAN,SHEIKH,MUGHAL,QURASHI,MALIK,YUSUF-ZIA PHATHAN LHOHAR ,ETC, ,

Distribution[edit]

The Kunjra are found throughout North India, with large numbers found in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, mainly in Bhopal (old city), Saugor, Jabalpur,Rajasthan mainly in Jodhpur, Udipur, Bhilwara, Pali, etc. and Khurai. In Pakistan, they are mainly settled in Sindh. Many Family of Kunjra are also live in sarfiraz colony, Liaqut colony or Hirabad Hyderabad Pakistan, [edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.joshuaproject.net/peoples.php
  2. ^ People of India Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII Part II page 867 Manohar publications
  3. ^ People of India Uttar Pradesh page 867
  4. ^ http://www.delhi.gov.in/wps/wcm/connect/lib_obc/OBC/Home/Achievements