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The Rohilla Pathans (Pashto: روهیله, Urdu: روہیلہ, Hindi: रोहिला), or Rohilla Afghan, is a community of Urdu-speaking people of Pashtun ethnicity, historically found in Rohilkhand, a region in the state of Uttar Pradesh, North India. It forms the largest Pashtun diaspora community in India, and has given its name to the Rohilkhand region. Historically, the terms Pashtun and Afghan were synonymous, but the present-day Indian constitution does not recognize Pathan (the term used by those east of the Indus for Pashtuns) as being synonymous with Afghan.
The Rohilla Pathans are found all over Uttar Pradesh, but are more concentrated in the Rohilkhand regions of Bareilly, Shahjahanpur and Rampur district. Some members of the Rohilla migrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi after the independence of Pakistan in 1947. Today they make up 30-35% of the Muhajir community of Sindh. Smaller scattered populations of Rohillas of Afghan descent can be found in Burma and the South American countries of Suriname and Guyana.
- 1 Origin
- 2 History
- 3 Present circumstances
- 4 The Pathans population of Rohilkhand
- 5 Rohilla notables
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 Further reading
The term Rohilla is derived from the word Roh, meaning mountain, and literally means mountain wind. Roh was the name of the area around Peshawar city, in Pakistan. Yousafzai Pathans especially the Mandarr sub clan living in this valley were also known as Rohillas when they settled the area then known as Katehr. It later became known as Rohil Khand which means the land of the Rohillas. The great majority of Rohillas migrated here between 17th and 18th Century." However, in Uttar Pradesh the term was used for Pashtuns who settled in the Rohilkhand region, or for men serving under Rohilla chiefs.
The Rohilla are descended from the Pashtun tribes that settled in the Rohilkhand region during the 17th and 18th centuries. They mainly belonged to the Yousafzai tribe of Pashtuns, particularly the Mandanh sub-section of the latter, although other Pashtuns also became part of the community. Thus some of the Rohilla's Sardars like Hafiz Rahmat Khan Barech were from the Afghan tribe Barech (hailing from the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan).
The Rohillas were distinguished by their separate language and culture. They spoke Pashto among each other, but gradually lost their language over time and now converse in Urdu. After independence in 1947, some Rohillas moved to Karachi in Pakistan and as a result, a significant number (30–35%) of Urdu-speaking Muslims (the Muhajir people) in Sindh are of Pashtun heritage.
After the death of Qutubuddin Aibek, regent of Sultan Muhammad Ghori in Delhi, Iltutmish, son in law of late Aibek ascended the throne of Delhi Sultanate. Baba Ispahani, police chief of Lakhnauti in Bengal, sent one of his sons to Sultan Iltutmish as a help of household affairs. His appearance was very nice. Soon after appointment of Sultan Iltutmish's household help, he was appointed governor of Aujjoddha near Delhi. Rohilakand was included in his kingship and he did not take any part between the battle of Sultana Razia and Masud Shah as per direction of the then late Sultan Iltutmish. Ajuddha was divided into two parts and allocated between two sons of that not self-proclaimed king of Ajuddha. In the reign of this trio many Bengalis' went to Ajuddha and Rohilakand for a better future. As official language was Pashto, they had to learn the Pashto language. Immigrants of Afgan origin in Rohilakand and Ajuddha helped them appoint in government workplaces as well as learn Pashto.
The founders of the Pashtun state of Rohilkhand were Daud Khan and his adopted son Ali Muhammad Khan Bangash. Daud Khan arrived in South Asia in 1705. He brought along a band of his tribe, the Barech. Daud Khan was awarded the Katehr region in the then northern India by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb (ruled 1658–1707) to suppress Rajput uprisings, which had afflicted this region. Originally, some 20,000 soldiers from various Pashtun tribes such as (Yusafzai, Ghori, Ghilzai, Barech, Marwat, Durrani, Tareen, Kakar, Naghar, Afridi, Bangash and Khattak) were hired by Mughals to provide mercenary soldier for the Mughal armies. This was appreciated by Aurangzeb and since this force of 25,000 men was given respected positions in the Mughal Army.
Daud Khan was succeeded by Ali Muhammad Khan in 1721. He became so powerful that he refused to send tax revenues to the central government. Safdar Jang, the Nawab of Oudh, warned the Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah of the growing power of the Rohillas. This caused Mohammed Shah to send an expedition against him as a result of which he surrendered to imperial forces. He was taken to Delhi as a prisoner, but was later pardoned and appointed governor of Sirhind. Most of his soldiers has already settled in the Katehar region during Nadir Shah's invasion of northern India in 1739 increasing the Rohilla population in the area to 100,000. Due to the large settlement of Rohilla Afghans, this part Katehar region came to be known as Rohilkhand. Bareilly was made the capital of this newly formed Rohilkhand state.
When Ali Muhammad Khan died, leaving six sons. However, two of his elder sons were in Afghanistan at the time of his death while the other four were too young to assume the leadership of Rohilkhand. As a result, power transferred to other Rohilla Sardars, the most important being Hafiz Rahmat Khan Barech, Najib-ud-Daula and Dundi Khan. According to the 1901 census of India, the total Pathan (Pashtun) population of Bareilly District was 40,779, while the total population was 1,090,117.
Following the Battle of Panipat in 1761
In the third battle of Panipat (1761) one of the Rohilla Sardars, Najib-ul-Daula, allied himself with Ahmad Shah Abdali against the Marathas. He not only provided 40,000 Rohilla troops but also 70 guns to the allied. He also convinced Shuja-ul-Daula, the Nawab of Oudh, to join Ahmad Shah Abdali's forces against the Marathas. In this battle, the Marathas were defeated and as a consequence the Rohilla increased in power.
The Marathas invaded Rohilkhand to retaliate against the Rohillas' participation in the Panipat war. The Marathas under the leadership of the Maratha ruler Mahadji Shinde entered the land of Sardar Najib-ud-Daula which was held by his son Zabita Khan after the sardar's death. Zabita Khan initially resisted the attack but was eventually defeated by the Marathas and forced to flee to the camp of Shuja-ud-Daula and his country was ravaged by Marathas. The Maratha ruler Mahadji Shinde captured the family of Zabita Khan, desecrated the grave of Najib ad-Dawlah and looted his fort. The principal remaining Rohilla Sardar was Hafiz Rahmat Khan Barech and through him an agreement was formed with the Nawab of Oudh, Shuja-ud-Daula, by which the Rohillas agreed to pay four million rupees in return for military help against the Marathas. However, after Oudh attacked the Rohillas, they refused to pay.
Later Rohillas were attacked by the neighbouring kingdom of Oudh, who also received assistance from the British East India Company forces under Colonel Alexander Champion. This conflict is known as the Rohilla War. When Hafiz Rahmat Khan Barech was killed, in April 1774, Rohilla resistance crumbled, and Rohilkhand was annexed by the kingdom of Oudh. Rohillas fled into the dense forests across the Ganges, and later began a guerrilla war. In response, many Rohillas were hunted down by the troops of British East India company and subsequently scattered in the countryside. They settled in many small towns and cities. Charges of ethnic cleansing and genocide were brought against Warren Hastings of the East India Company, by Edmund Burke and were later taken up by Thomas Babington Macaulay.
From 1774 to 1799, the region was administered by Khwaja Almas Khan, a Muslim Jat from Haryana, as representative of the Awadh(kingdom of Oudh) rulers. This period was particularly tough for the Rohillas, as Almas Khan made every effort to weaken the Rohillas. In 1799, British East India company annexed the territory, and started to pay a pension to the family of Hafiz Rahmat Khan Barech.
Establishment of Rampur State
While most of Rohilkhand was annexed, the Rohilla State of Rampur was established by Nawab Faizullah Khan on 7 October 1774 in the presence of British Commander Colonel Champion, and remained a pliant state under British protection thereafter. The first stone of the new Fort at Rampur was laid in 1775 by Nawab Faizullah Khan. The first Nawab proposed to rename the city Faizabad, but many other places were known by that name so its name was changed to Mustafabad.
Nawab Faizullah Khan ruled for 20 years. He was a patron of education and began the collection of Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Hindustani manuscripts which are now housed in the Rampur Raza Library. After his death his son Muhammad Ali Khan took over. He was assassinated by Rohilla elders after reigning for 24 days, and Muhammad Ali Khan's brother, Ghulam Muhammad Khan, was proclaimed Nawab. The East India Company took exception to this, and after a reign of just 3 months and 22 days Ghulam Muhammad Khan was besieged and defeated by English forces. East India company supported Muhammad Ali Khan's son, Ahmad Ali Khan, to be the new Nawab. He ruled for 44 years. He did not have any sons, so Muhammad Saeed Khan, son of Ghulam Muhammad Khan, took over as the new Nawab after his death. He established Courts and improved the economic conditions of farmers. His son Muhammad Yusuf Ali Khan took over after his death and his son, Kalb Ali Khan, became the new Nawab after his death in 1865.
|Nawab of Rampur||Reign Began||Reign Ended|
|1||Ali Muhammad Khan||1719||15 September 1748|
|2||Faizullah Khan||15 September 1748||24 July 1793|
|3||Hafiz Rahmat Khan Barech - Regent||15 September 1748||23 April 1774|
|4||Muhammad Ali Khan Bahadur||24 July 1793||11 August 1793|
|5||Ghulam Muhammad Khan Bahadur||11 August 1793||24 October 1794|
|6||Ahmad Ali Khan Bahadur||24 October 1794||5 July 1840|
|7||Nasrullah Khan - Regent||24 October 1794||1811|
|8||Muhammad Said Khan Bahadur||5 July 1840||1 April 1855|
|9||Yusef Ali Khan Bahadur||1 April 1855||21 April 1865|
|10||Kalb Ali Khan Bahadur||21 April 1865||23 March 1887|
|11||Muhammad Mushtaq Ali Khan Bahadur||23 March 1887||25 February 1889|
|12||Hamid Ali Khan Bahadur||25 February 1889||20 June 1930|
|14||Gen.Azeemudin Khan - Regent||25 February 1889||4 April 1894|
|15||Raza Ali Khan Bahadur||20 June 1930||6 March 1966|
|16||Murtaza Ali Khan Bahadur - Nawabat abolished in 1971||6 March 1966||8 February 1982|
|17||Zulfikar Ali Khan Bahadur||8 February 1982||5 April 1992|
|18||Muhammad Kazim Ali Khan Bahadur||5 April 1992||Incumbent|
The 1857 War of Independence
The Rohillas took an active part in War of Independence of 1857 against British imperial forces. The leader of the revolt in Rohilkhand was Khan Bahadur Khan Rohilla, the son of Hafiz Rahmat Khan. For a short period, British rule disappeared from Rohilkhand, and the Rohillas were left in charge. But the revolt was suppressed, and in its wake the British reorganized the government of South Asia, bringing an end to British East India Company's regime and leading to almost a century of direct rule by Britain Crown. this period is known as the British Raj. While the followers of Khan Bahadur Khan had participated in the revolt, the Rohillas of Rampur had remained loyal to the British. Significant groups of Rohillas also sought refuge in state of Tonk in Rajasthan, which was ruled by Rohillas Pashtun nawabs, and now forms the core of the Tonkia Pathans.
When the rebellion failed, Bareilly was subjugated. Rohilla ruler Khan Bahadur Khan was sentenced to death and hanged in Kotwali on February 24, 1860. As many urban cities in Uttar Pradesh were experiencing economic stagnation and poverty after the failed rebellion, many Rohilla Pathans from Rampur and surrounding cities migrated to Dutch South American Colonies such as present day Surinam and Guyana.
Between 1857 and 1947
The period between the revolt of 1857 and the independence of India and Pakistan in 1947 was a period of stability for the Rohilla community. In 1858, the British government issued a general pardon to all those who had taken part in the War of Independence and restored many lands. Some of the tribes were punished for aiding the rebels. Some tribes had to migrate to Delhi and Gurgaon, while others migrated to the Deccan region. Conditions improved after some years and migration from the North West Frontier Province and Afghanistan recommenced, adding to the Rohilla population. During this period, the Rohillas were also effected by the reformist movement of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, with many taking to modern education. The founder of the Barelvi sect of Sunni Islam, Ahmad Raza Khan, was also born among the Rohillas and the city of Bareilly became an important centre of Islamic learning in Northern India.
While a majority of Rohillas remained landowners and cultivators, a significant minority took to western education, and entered professions such as law and medicine. They also began to take an interest in the political debates during the last decade of the 19th Century. Some of them joined the newly formed Indian National Congress, while others were attracted to pan-Islamism. This period also saw a wholesale adoption of North Indian Muslim culture, with Urdu becoming the native language of the Rohilla. In fact the term of Rohilla was slowly replaced with the term "Pathan", which was a new self-identification. However a sense of distinct identity remained strong, with the Rohillas residing in distinct quarters of cities, such as, Kakar Tola, Pani Tola and Gali Nawaban in Bareilly, which was home to the descendents of Hafiz Rahmat Khan. There was little or intermarriage with neighbouring Muslim communities such as the Shaikh, Muslim Rajput and Kamboh. Thus at the dawn of independence, the Rohilla were still a distinct community.
The independence of Pakistan and India in 1947 had a profound effect on the Rohilla community. The vast majority of them emigrated to Pakistan in 1947. Those that were left in India, were affected by the abolishment of the zamindari system in 1949, as well as the ascension of the State of Rampur to India and many of them migrated to join their kinsmen in Karachi, Pakistan. The Rohilla now form two distinct communities with the majority in Pakistan and a small minority residing in India.
The Rohilla now form one of the larger Muslim communities of Uttar Pradesh and are found throughout Uttar Pradesh, with settlements in Rampur, Bareilly, Shahjahanpur in Rohilkhand being the densest. They now speak Hindustani in towns, and Khari boli in their rural settlements.
The Pathan (Rohilla) community of UP has sixteen sub-groups, the Ghilzai, Afridi, Barakzai, Barech, Daudzai, Marwat, Durrani, Naghar, Ghorghushti, Ghori, Kakar, Khalil, Mohmand, Mohammadzai, Orakzai, Yousafzai and Wazir, all of which are descended from well known Pashtun tribes. Some Rohilla Pathans reside in Maharashtra's Washim and Nanded district, Tehsil Kinwat Tribal Area. There is also a small population in Bendi and Kopra, two villages in Kinwat Taluka. In older parts of the Muslim areas of the towns in UP, the Pathans have maintained their own residential neighbourhoods. The Pathan are not an endogamous group, and arranged marriages do occur with other Sunni Muslim communities of similar social status, such as the Mughal tribe, Muslim Rajput and Shaikh although there is still a preference of marriage within the community.
The Rohia have historically been landowners and soldiers, therefore, some parts of the community are associated with agriculture in Rohilkhand, while many Rohilla officers who worked in the British Indian Army in the 1940s migrated to Pakistan and joined the Pakistani Army; famous among them are General Rahimuddin Khan and General Akhtar Abdur Rahman. They have also been prominent in the Muslim religious sphere in UP, having produced many alims and huffaz and have built and financed many mosques and madrassahs. In terms of formal education, they are seen as a community that has a favourable attitude towards western education, and many are professional doctors and lawyers.
In Pakistan, the Rohilla and other Urdu-speaking Pathans now form part of a larger migrant Urdu speaking community. The sense of corporate identity is much weaker than in India, and degree of intermarriage with other communities within the Muhajir umbrella is high. They are found mainly in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, and other urban areas of Sindh. Many have held high positions in the government, notably Sahibzada Yaqub Khan, a Rohilla immigrant, who was Pakistan's foreign minister during the 1980s.
The Pathans population of Rohilkhand
Rohilkhand, which literally means the "land of the Rohilla", comprises the present day districts of Bijnor, Moradabad, Rampur, Jyotiba Phule Nagar District, Bareilly, Badaun, Shahjahanpur and Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh. The Rohilla Pathans are found all over the region, but are concentrated in Shahjahanpur, Bareilly and Rampur.
The Pathan population of Bijnor District in 1901 was 11,606. They were concentrated in Najibabad tehsil, particularly in and around Nagina. Many different Pathan tribes are found in the district, and according to the 1901 census of India the Yousafzai, who numbered 3,160 were the largest clan, Kakars, chiefly found in Najibabad, numbered 548, the Ghilzais numbered 414, Mohammadzai, Ghori and Bangash each numbered more than 200. The other clans were the Sherwani and Barukhel.
The Pathan population of Moradabad District was 23,026 in 1901, and who for the most part represented descendants of the various Pashtun settlers who arrived when the Rohilla state was at the height of its power. This district is home to the jagirdar families of Hasanpur and Bachhroan, while the ethnic Pathan population is concentrated in Bilari and Sambhal. According to the 1901 census, the chief Pathan clans in the area were the Yousufzai, Ghori and Ghilzai numbering 5,851, 4,043 and 2,289 respectively. The Dilazak whose population was 1,036 were present in Sambhal, Bilari and Hasanpur, while the Mohammadzai who numbered 1,029 resided in Thakurdwara. Other clans like the Bangash, Tareen, Khattak and Ghilzais who lived in Sambhal, while the Farzandkhel, Bunerwal, Barech and Tareen resided in Bilari and Amroha (present day Jyotiba Phule Nagar District). This district is also home to a small number of Pathan Khanzada, who are Rajput converts to Islam.
According to the 1901 Census of India the total Pathan population of Badaun District was 29,023. They are population was centered in Bisauli and Sahaswan tehsils. The main sub-divisions are the Ghoris, found mainly in Bisauli, who numbered 6,848 in 1901 and the Yousafzai of Badaun, who numbered 2,547. Others, whose numbers exceeded 500, are the Bangash, Mohammadzai, Dilazak and Khattak. The Khatak, who numbered 752 are found mainly in Dataganj alongside the Bangash, while the Dilazak are mostly confined to Sahaswan. The district is home to the Pathan jagirdars of Shabazpur, who used to be some of the largest landowners in the district.
According to the 1901 Census of India, the Pathan in Rampur State numbered 49,280. They are for the most part descended from the Pashtun adventurers who settled in Rampur during the period of the Nawabs of Rampur. The most populous clans are the Yousafzai and Barakzai–Durani. There is also a large population of Khattak, Mohammadzai, Afridi, Shinwari, Bangash and Barech clans. A small number of the Rampur Pathan were Athna ashri Shia, while the majority follows the Sunni Hanafi Barelvi sect.
The district of Bareilly in home to the largest number of Pathans in Rohilkhand. This district contains the two capitals of the old Rohilla kingdom, and many Pashtuns were settled in the region by Ali Mohammed Khan and Hafiz Rahmat Khan. In 1901, the total Pathan population was 40,779 which made up almost 10% of the total population of the district. Nearly half of this population resides in Bareilly tehsil, while the rest are found in Baheri, Aonla and Nawabganj. Their main clans are the Yousafzai who number 6,578, the Ghori numbering 3,285 and the Ghilzai whose population is 1,520. These are found throughout the district. While the Mohammadzai, numbering 1,576 and the Bangash, numbering 1,287 are mainly found in Nawabganj and Aonla. The Barech, who are the tribe of Hafiz Rahmat Khan make up a significant part of Bareilly's Pathan population. The other clans in the district include the Afridi, Baqarzai, Ghilzai, Dilazak, Kakar, Khattak, and Tareen.
The district of Jyotiba Phule Nagar is home to the largest number of Pathans in Hiwra Rohila. This district also contains capitals of the old Rohilla kingdom, and the Pashtuns were settled in this region by Aziz Khan, Gafur Khan and Dou’s Mohammed Khan. In 1901, the total Pathan population was 4000 which made up almost 10% of the total population of the district. Nearly half the population resides in Jyotiba Phule Nagar tehsil, while the rest are found in Hiwra Rohila, Jyotiba Phule Nagar Uttar pradesh and Nawabganj. Their main clans are the Kakar Zai, numbering 1,576, the Yousafzai, whose population is 570 and the Ghilzai who number 1,520. The other clans in the district include the Ghilzai and Kakar.
In Pilibhit District, the Pathan population numbered 13,165 in 1901. They are found throughout the district, with Puranpur, being a stronghold of the community. The larger clans are the Yousafzai, numbering 2,013 and the Ghori, numbering 1,242. They are found in Pilibhit, while Ghilzais and Mohammadzai reside in Puranpur, and Khattaks are centered in Bisalpur. Other clans include the Barakzai–Durani, Ghilzai, Afridis and Baqarzai-Durani. In Puranpur, there are a fair number of Gawal Pathans, who are not found in any other district.
According to the 1901 Census of India, the total Pashtun population in Shahjahanpur District, was 41,137. More than half of the Pathans reside in Shahjahanpur tehsil. The Ghori are the most numerous in Shahjahanpur and Pawayan, while the Yousafzai are present in Tilhar. The Dilazak reside in Tilhar and Shahjahanpur, while the Bangash live in Jalalabad, and the Mohammadzais in Shahjahanpur. The Tareen also live in Shahjahanpur, while the Barakzai–Durani in Shahjahanpur. Shahjahanpur District is also the principal settlement of the Mohmand tribe in Uttar Pradesh, and in 1901 they numbered 1,891. Other clans in the district included the Amazai-Jadoon, Khalil, Daudzai, Marwat and Baqarzai-Durani. The city of Shajahanpur is also home to a large community of Pathan-Khanzada, who are basically descendants of Rajputs of various clans, who accepted Islam.
List of major tribes
|Tribe||Bareilly District||Bijnor District||Badaun District||Moradabad District||Shahjahanpur District||Pilibhit District||Rampur State||Total|
1 The Baqarzai are sub-clan of the Durrani tribe
3 The Urmuz are a sub-tribe of the Bangash's
5 The Barech are also sub-clan of the Durrani tribe
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- General Rahimuddin Khan
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- Pashtun diaspora
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- Pathans of Gujarat
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