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

History and origin[edit]

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


Most of the community members complete graduation in Arts, Commerce field. Yet, current trend suggest that considerable chunk of youth have opted for engineering, and science field. Education was reported to have pursued in gujarati language. However, nowadays emphasize are put on pursuing the education in English medium. Community may opt for "Baragaon English Medium School" aimed at imparting education up to 12th Standard in future to come.

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 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, with 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.

The community has felt the need of making way out to cut the expenses considerably on 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 village of padal having married 33 couples. The same has benefited many family to the great extent wherein they managed to saved 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. Amongst couples participated in the ceremony were from Vaso, Vadad, Angadi, Sanadara, Dabhali,Nanadara,Vanghroli. Though Padal,Kuni,Vanoda villages reported to have given it a miss participating no couples from the villages. After having concluded the marriage ceremony, auditing of expenses incurred in the course of marriages takes places in the village of padal. Auditing for Vaso group marriage has yet to be ascertained.


The community basically involves in agriculture business with the selling of tobacco tops the list. The selling of tobacco is being carried out between the month of March to April of every year.

A bunch of community members serve in different sectors in government establishments, public owned group and private sectors too. The income of the community has surged to the great extent changing overall lift style. [3]

See also[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