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 the Malik clan that migrated to Pakistan after independence settled in Karachi, Sindh.

History and origin[edit]

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

Education[edit]

Most of the community members complete graduation in the fields of Arts and Commerce. Current trends suggest that a sizable number youth have opted for Engineering and Science. While education is still pursued in the Gujarati language, increasing emphasis is placed on pursuing education in the medium of English. The community may opt for "Baragaon English Medium School" aimed at imparting education up to 12th Standard in the future.

Presently youth of the community have obtained education in the fields of Engineering, Business Administration, Social Work Profession Humanities and Science. The entire community is emphasizing an education of Deen and Duniya. With this reference the village people of Padal have started "Madrasa-e-Faizane-Dariyai Dulha". The purpose of this organization is to teach children Deeni Tarbiyat and make them productive members of society who contribute themselves in the holistic development of society and the nation at large.

Present circumstances[edit]

The Malik are now distributed in twenty seven villages, the main ones being Padal, Kuni, Vaso, Sandheli, Saloon, Sanadra, Vangroli, Nanadra, Vadad, Jargal, Palaiya and Vanoda in the Thasra taluka of Kheda District. They remain a land owning community, with very few members 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, which 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.

Group marriage[edit]

The community has felt the need of creating a way to cut the considerable expenses of individual 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.

The second group marriage of its kind was held on 19/05/2014 in the village of Padal; having married 33 couples. The same has benefited many families to a great extent wherein they managed to save 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.

Subsequently, third group marriage was held in the Month of May-2015 at Vaso village of Galteshwar taluka of Kheda district. There was good management by Vaso and supported by all community very well. There was a really proud moment since one brave son of the community, Mr. Malek Shahid ahemad sabbirmiya from Nanadara received a police medal for gallantry from Home Minister, Rrajanath Sinh.

Occupation[edit]

The community basically involves itself in the business of Agriculture with the selling of tobacco topping the list. The selling of tobacco is conducted during the months of March and April of every year. A number of community members serve in different sectors of government establishments and services, as well as public owned groups and private sectors. The income of the community has surged to the great extent improving the overall life style of the community. [3]

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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