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Bauris

The Bauris(Bengali:বাউরি) are people of aboriginal origin, belonging to Bengali Hindu community, found in large numbers in Bankura, Birbhum and other districts in Indian state of West Bengal,Assam andTripura. The village of Purbo Tila in Chatlapur Tea Garden, Kulaura and Dakchara Tea Garden, Srimangal, Moulvibazar District are also home to Bauri communities in Bangladesh.[1] They are also found in many villages like Chhatna and Beliatore.Most of them use Das as surname.[citation needed]

Bauris numbered 1,091,022 in the 2001 census and were 5.9 per cent of the scheduled caste population of West Bengal. 37.5 per cent of the Bauris were literate - 51.8 per cent males and 22.7 per cent females were literate. Only 4.7 per cent of the Bauris were matriculates or completed schooling.[2]

The Bauris are usually involved in activities like farming .The Bauris of Purbo Tila Moulvibazar in Bangladesh are usually involved in medicinal practices . The prime festivals they celebrate are known as Mansa Puja, Durga puja and kali puja. Still today they lack many facilities provided by the Government as those facilities couldn't reach them easily as they live in very remote villages. The State Government has also started an initiative to provide them houses made of bricks and cements and the Local Government has been quiet successful in this initiative. Also the Government is trying to provide construction of free toilets. Also Government has set up many Primary and Secondary schools so they can be encouraged to get the best education to improve themselves and the Government has also started the Mid-Day Meal Scheme for them.

Subcastes

Bauris are divided into the following subcastes: Mallabhumia, Sikharia or Gobaria, Panchakoti, Mola or Mulo, Dhalia or Dhulo, Malua, Jhatia or Jhetia, and Pathuria. Some of these subcastes appear to be territorial subdivisions. Mallabhumia, Malua and perhaps also Mola, were residents of Mallabhum, the central and eastern parts of Bankura district. Sikharia were Bauris who hailed from Shikharbhum, the tract between the Kasai and Barakar rivers. The Dhulia subcaste is supposed to be from Dhalbhum, which is the area in Khatra subdivision. Panchakoti refers to the central area of Panchet estate now in Purulia district.

Practices

Traces of totemism still survive in their reverence for the red-backed heron. The heron is looked upon as the emblem of the tribe.[3] [3]

Prominent Bauris

Sandhya Bauri and her daughter, Susmita Bauri, have been members of parliament from Bishnupur (Lok Sabha constituency) Amar Kumar Bauri is a minister in jharkhand .[4]

References

  1. ^ [www.kalerkantho.com]
  2. ^ "West Bengal, Census of India 2001, Data Highlights - The Scheduled Castes" (PDF). Office of the Registrar General, India. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
  3. ^ a b O'Malley, L.S.S., Bengal District Gazetteers, Bankura, pp. 65-67, 1995 edition, Government of West Bengal
  4. ^ "CPM goes for kill with axe on losers". The Telegraph, 7 February 2004. Retrieved 2010-10-17.