Kanet

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The KanetThakur 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 Rajput. However, Kanets ranked with Ghirath and Rathis of Kangra etc. other peasents castes in Hinduism. According to historical accounts, they were earlier the lendless tenants/cultivators who got some land rights during British period. As earlier only Ranas/Kings/Kanwars were considered the owner of Land. They were ranked backward castes during the 1931 casts based census. 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