Dheevara is a grouping of fishing castes from the Kerala state of South India.
The word "Dheevara" is of Sanskrit origin, and has been used to describe fishermen in Gautama Dharmasutra and Mahabharata. The Dheevara community was formed by Arayan, Valan and other castes to lobby for the fishers' rights, and to seek caste-based reservations in government jobs. The members of the community formed the Dheevara Mahasabha ("Dheevara Great Assembly"), which is a politically powerful organization.
- Dhimar and Dhivar, fishing castes of North India, whose names are also derived from the word "Dheevara"
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