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Kharwar is a community found in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Delhi and Chhattisgarh.


The anthropologists consider the Kharwars of Dravidian origin.[citation needed]

The traditional economic activities of the Kharwar have been agriculture and other wage earning labour. However, some members of the community claim that their ancestors were zamindars (landlords), and that the Rajas of Ramgarh belonged to the community. Some Kharwars claim a Suryavanshi kshatriya origin, and call themselves "Kharagvanshi". The Government of India classifies them under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes category.[1]


The surnames used by this community include Singh, Mandal (especially in Katihar and Bhagalpur districts of Bihar) and Kharwar.


  1. ^ Badri Narayana (2011). Rethinking Villages. Concept Publishing Company. pp. 87–. ISBN 978-81-8069-764-7. Retrieved 20 February 2013.