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What does Basically mean?[edit]

I wish to refer the statement in the first paragraph

"Basically they are from Rajasthan and Gujarat".

The word "basically" is often used in coloquil English in either a redundant, ambiguous or unclear manner. We should avoid localised coloquil usage in documents meant for precise comprehension unless we wish to describe that coloquilism.

Does "basically" here mean, generally, historically, in most cases, originally, currently or actually? Could someone who knows this subject replace "basically" so that we know if one or more of the following cases are true:

Historically, they were from Rajasthan and Gujarat;
Generally, they are from Rajasthan and Gujarat;
In most cases, they are from Rajasthan and Gujarat;
Originally, they were from Rajasthan and Gujarat;
Actually, they are from Rajasthan and Gujarat; or
Currently, they are from Rajasthan and Gujarat;

This clarification is needed because Banjara is found not only in India but also in Europe and Russia as part of the gypsies. Therefore, a clarification is needed if non-Indian Banjara are/were ?basically? from Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Hence Jewish Anderstein (talk) 18:57, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

No they are not the Gypsies who made their initial appearance in Eastern Eurpoe. It is well documented that Banjaras traded salt produced from Sambhar lake. Their dress and language even now reflect their Rajasthani origin. Malaiya (talk) 21:09, 1 July 2014 (UTC)


The banjara are comercial man who had expanded their business in all over india. But in between british empier the whole system collapsed because of industrial developments.

they had only choice to go back to jungles for their bulls and survival — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pankajadhav (talkcontribs) 15:41, 25 July 2012 (UTC)

Yes, that is indeed true. There are numerous mentions about Banjaras engaged in transportation and trade though out a large region of India. Banjara is derived from Banij (Vanijya) meaning trade. Malaiya (talk) 21:05, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

This page needs to be merged with the Vanjari article. 14:45, 25 September 2012 (UTC)unsgn

Merge Vanjari (caste) to Banjara[edit]

From the judgement: "The authoritative works referred to above show that Banjara, Banjari and Vanjari are inter-changeable terms and that people of these communities are also known as Lamanis, Lambadis, etc. In the context of these authorities must be read the G.Rs dated 18th February, 1985 and 18th August, 1977. By the former, the following were treated as synonyms of Banjara: Lambada/ Lambera, Laman Banjaras, Laman/Lamani, Shingawala Banjarais and Shingawala Vanjaris. By the latter, Banjari was treated as a synonym of Banjara and, at the same time, the synonyms shingawala Banjaris and Shingawala Vanjaris were deleted. It is difficult to see how, in this background, it can be contended on behalf of the State Government that the terms Banjara and Vanjari are not synonymous.
...a representation is made and a final decision taken as aforesaid, Banjara and Vanjari shall be treated as synonyms of each other and the confidential circular dated 5th March, 1986 shall not be acted upon." -Mohanbhan (talk) 13:35, 5 December 2015 (UTC)

The view expressed in the edition of the Gazetteer of Maharashtra that Banjaras and Vanjaris are the two sub-tribes of a larger tribal community needs to be revised in the light of the available evidence. It is more realistic to treat Banjara and Vanjari as two different ethnic groups unrelated to each other. The description of the Banjara community in the reports of the British Government as exhibiting criminal tendencies is not applicable to the Vanjari community of Maharashtra which is mainly agriculturist community. Hence the two communities are treated as two separate groups. page 4 --- again if u look into caste section of Maharashtra govt banjara come under VJ and vanjari come under NTD ---SO THERE SHOULD BE DIFFERENT ARTICLE India1277 (talk) 11:14, 5 May 2017 (UTC)