Malik clan (Gujarat)

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The Malik (Urdu: ملك‎,Gujarati: મલિક) is a community found in the state of Gujarat in India [1] Many members of Malik clan have migrated to Pakistan after independence have settled in Karachi, Sindh.

History and origin[edit]

The community claims descent from Kali Bachan, a warrior in the army of Alauddin Khilji. This Kali Bachan converted to Islam, and was given the title Malikayo Azorn, with the rights to collect taxes. These rights were confirmed by the British colonial authorities on his descendents. They were a community of petty feudal lords in the Kheda District. The word malik in Arabic means lord or master.[2]

Present circumstances[edit]

The Malik are now distributed in twenty seven villages, the main ones being Balada, Padal, Kuni, Vaso, Sandheli, Saloon, Sanadra, Vangroli, Nanadra and Vanoda in the Thasra taluka of Kheda District. They remain a land owning community, with very few being landless. Many have now also migrated to the towns and cities of Gujarat from their traditional home land. The community has a caste association known as the Baragaon Malik Samaj, with deals with the welfare of the community. They speak Urdu and Gujarati and have customs similar to other converted Muslim Rajput groups such as the Miyana, Nayak and Molesalam Rajput.

The community has felt the need of making way out to cut the expenses considerably on marriages, funerals, jiyarat, etc. In an attempt to harness the overall condition of the community, they have started the group marriage system without bearing extra costs individually. The first of its kind group marriage was held in 2013 in the village of Vadad in Thasra taluka of Gujarat.

This year also, the community had held a grand marriage ceremony having married 33 couples on 19/05/2014 in village of padal. The same has benefited many family to the great extent wherein they managed to saved on lacs of rupees in terms of avoiding extravagant expenses that once were practiced. The samuh lagn (group marriage) ceremony was held at Padal village of Galteshwar taluka (thasra taluka)wherein members of the community flocked to the village from across the state of Gujarat. The community had been offered funds from different factions. However, they refute to receive the same from others citing availability of sufficient fund from their community. The event has left positive indications among the members of the community as the same could be felt from their gestures during the event.

sakil malek from sandheli.

Business[edit]

The community basically involves in agriculture business with the selling of tobacco tops the list. The selling of tobacco is being carried out between the month of March to April of every year.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Two edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 840-845
  2. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Two edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 840-845
  3. ^ People of India Gujarat Volume XXI Part Two edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen pages 840-845