Sahariya Tribe

MAY 21

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Why in news?

  • The Sahariya were always bedeviled by malnutrition but the recent soaring food prices have made them extremely vulnerable.

About Sahariya Tribe:

  • The Sahar, Sehariya, or Sahariya is an ethnic group in the state of Madhya Pradesh and some districts of Rajasthan.
  • They are classified as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups.
  • They consider everyone in an endogamous group to be brother and sister; marriages have to be arranged from other clans.
  • The Sahariya community considers every adult member part of a governing council which is headed by a patel.
  • They speak Munda language
  • The Sahariyas are expert woodsmen and forest product gatherers.
  • They are particularly skilled in making catechu from Khair trees.

PRACTICE QUESTION:

Sahariya tribe, recently in news, was largely inhabited in which of the following states/UTs in India?

(a) Madhya Pradesh

(b) Ladakh

(c) Kerala

(d) Andaman and Nicobar

Answer