Kanet

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The Kanet Thakur are Hindu caste found in the state of Himachal Pradesh in North India.[1]

History and origin[edit]

The word Kanet is said to be derived from the Sanskrit word kunit, which means indifference to caste rules, and the community is said to be descended from Rajputs who abandoned their caste customs. According to other traditions, the word means the kinsmen of Kinu, a legendary warrior. According to Hari Krishan Mittoo author of numerous books on Himachal, the Kanets are descendents of Kunindas who once ruled area between Beas and Yamuna. Kanets are earlier the landless tenants/ cultivators work on the land of King/Ranas/Thakur(Kanwar caste) and after British land reforms, they get some land rights, however, they were ranked backward caste during the 1931 caste based census.In Kullu, the community has three groups, the Khash, Rahu and Niru, while in Bashahr, they have two sub-divisions, the Khash and Karan.[2]

Distribution[edit]

The Kanet are found throughout eastern Himachal Pradesh, occupying the whole of Suket, Kullu, Mandi and Sirmur and Shimla Solan Distt Bilaspur Distt. except Kangra & Hamirpur.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ A Glossary of the Tribes and Castes of Punjab. Low Price Publications. pp. 457–471
  2. ^ A Glossary of the Tribes and Castes of Punjab. Low Price Publications. pp. 457–471