Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Famous people in Banjara Community Sri Ram Singh Banawat 

Padmashree award winner late Sri Ram Singh Bhanavat was born on August 15, 1906, in Phool Umri village, Manora taluk,  Wasim district, Maharashtra. He was a true social worker. By becoming a life member of the social service institution founded by the late Gopal Krishna Gokhale, founder of the Servants of India Society, he strictly adhered to the principles of power, wealth and glory, and served the society. He studied up to fifth standard.  He participated in farmers' agitation, independence struggle and other social movements. He was associated with Vidarbha Puran Seva Sangh, Bhartiya Adim Jati Sangh and All India Banjara Seva Sangh. He travelled all over India and 13 countries of Europe, and organized Banjara -Roma Gypsy  conferences. For his social work, he was honoured with  'Padmashree' award by Government of India in 1991. He was associated with Acharya Dada Dharmadhikari and Acharya Vinoba Bhave. Under his leadership Banjara Samaj Sevak Shabir was organized in New Delhi, in which the then Prime Minister of India late Indira Gandhi and the Defence Minister late Yashwantrao Chavan participated. He participated in the 'Romani conference organized in Germany, Yugoslavia and England to get citizenship status for Roma-Gypsys in Europe.  He passed away in Mumbai on 10th June 2001.

A banjara youth from Karnataka state Mr.Vikram C., has climbed the Mount Everest on 15th May 2018. He is the second Banjara to have achieved this feat, first being Ms.Purna Malavath from Telangana in 2013. Please join me in congratulating Mr. Vikram C. 

Monday, 28 May 2018


Dear all from our Banjara Community
Here is a detailed list of all our Gothras. After reading it you will realize that some of your gothras or padas are missing from the list.  Take my own case, I belong to Chauhan and my pada should have been Desaavath which does not appear in the list given below. Don’t worry. As a tribal society with illiteracy these terminologies have been carried forward through human memory and by learning through word of mouth from generation to generation.  Hence many gothras may be missing.
    All gothras are equal. The rule of gothra says that we should not marry within  our own gothra. The south Indian Banjaras have the practice of marrying sister’s daughter and maternal uncle’s daughter which I believe is biologically a wrong practice, needed to be discontinued voluntarily. Marriage practices vary from region to region across India, and community leaders decide the right and wrong practices to punish the violating members.  It is high time we discourage such practices of cruel punishments and fines.       Let us work for the development of our community rather than struggling to uphold the age old traditions of caste system. Those who have confusion about gothras, padas etc., may feel free to contact me on my email given below.

Prof.G.P.Naik, Ph.D, Email   Phone 09243470110 

   1)  Dumavath/ Chauradiya
   2)   Kehlot
   3)   Korra/ Mood
   4)   Laavadiya
   5)  Paaltiya
   6)   Sabavat

   1) Aamgoth
   2) Aivath  Pammar
   3) Baanni / Vanni
   4) Chaivoth Pammar
Injraavath/ Vinjraavat/ Binjraavat/ 
   6) Inloth Pammar
   7) Jharapla
   8) Lunsavath/
Lokavat/ Nunsavath

   9) Pamaadiyaa
  10) Tarabaanni/

  11) Vankdoth/ Vijalot/ 
  12) Vislavat

1) Ajmera
2) Baadaavath/ Bidaano
3) Barmaavath
4) Bhagvaandas
5) Bharoth
6) Baada/ Bodaa/ Chitravath
7) Dhaaraavath/ Daulavath
8) Dungaroth
9) Gangaavath
10) Goraam
11) Gugloth
12) Halaavath
13) Jaadhav
14) Jaloth
15) Jayt/ Jhondvaano
Kanavath/Kesavath/  Kagla
17) Kunsoth
18) Lakavath/ Lokaavath/ Logaala/ Lambaadhota
19) Lonaavath/ Lunavath
20) Loolaavath
21) Maaloth/
Mohandas/ Musavath 
22) Naranaavath/ Naathaavath
23) Pipaavath
24) Poosnamal
25) Salaavath
26) Sejaavath
27) Tejaavath
28) Tepaavath
29) Teraavath
Tokaraavath/ Tuvar
31) Undaavath
32) VaderJhaad
33) Vadithya Jaajigiri


1) Aadoth
2) Ade
3) Baanoth
4) Bhojaavath
5) Daanaavath
6) Dharamsoth
7) Dheeravath
8) Jaatroth
9) Karnaavath
10) Kuntaavath
11) Lavori
12) Mudavath
13) Paanaavath
14) Rupavath
15) Sabdasoth


1)   Aalan
2)   Mohan
3)   Dharamsi
4)   Cheena rathod
5)   Baalan
6)   Muchaal
7)   Gole
8)   Holaani
9)   Olaani
10)   Molaani
11)   Tholaani
12)   Golaani
13)   Bhoraavath
14)   Goreebaavath
15)   Daasaavath
16)   Kaaba
17)   Veeroth
18)   Jaagoth
19)   Daalwane
20)   Varasghaane
21)   Maangkhane
22)   Baldhaane
23)   Sothariya
24)   Aatbhayya
25)   Saavaare
26)   Sabaano
27)   Ramavath
28)   Ramdaano
29)   Perojaano
30)   Ratvaano
31)   Raamraano
32)   Alaavleeya
33)   Dhakaliya
34)   Rojwaane
35)   Jattoth
36)   Bheekaa
37)   Deda
38)   Dunger
39)   Megaavath
40)   Haaravath
41)   Meraavali
42)   Elaasi
43)   Melaasi
44)   Aanaa
45)   Arsi
46)   Laksoth
47)   Jamanavath
48)   Bhunsoth
49)   Haapaavath
50)   Khola
51)   Khaatroth
52)   Modercha
53)   Mepalaan
54)   Jarathla
55)   Vedi
56)   Jaalpoth
57)   Ramanya
58)   Roopaavath
59)   Doodavath
60)   Chapavath
61)   Devsoth
62)   Rajavath
63)   Nenavath
64)   Khethawath
65)   Nenawath


1)   Ramsi
2)   Vudsi
3)   Karamsi
4)   Dharamsi
5)   Gole
6)   Depa
7)   Dhana
8)       Bhoja
9)       Thala
10)   Mera
11)   Ransi
12)   Poona
13)   Ratta
14)   Raanaa
15)   Ranjit
16)   Gaja
17)   Rooda
18)   Heera
19)   Kamma
20)   Nagga
21)   Ooda
22)   Chaampa
23)   Lola
24)   Naramand
25)   Chood
26)   Kapoor
27)   Devi
28)   Daas
29)   Desa
30)   Thakkar
31)   Mega
32)   Tholach
33)   Lachama
34)   Dhaku
35)   Haaku
36)   Soma
37)   Hoba
38)   Khaana
39)   Devji
40)   Ghana
41)   Pema
42)   Ghana
43)   Pama
44)   Heeba
45)   Mannoth
46)   Raja
47)   Meeraaja
48)   Jetha
49)   Kumba
50)   Kheema
51)   Saalaavath
52)   Bhaasavath
53)   Lotaavath
54)   Peethaavath
55)   Dhega
56)   Dungha
57)   Neha
58)   Khetha
59)   Dhaana
60)   Maadhu
61)   Karamchand
62)   Rathna
63)   Bhoja
64)   Gongaavath
65)   Maagaavath
66)   Cheetah
67)   Tova
68)   Padma
69)   Gaalaa
70)   Saalaavath
71)   Bhaanavath
72)   Lataavath

There are also called Ddaadi, Dalya, Jangad etc., whom we have treated historically as inferior to rest of the Banjaras. It is time we uphold their dignity by treating them on par with rest of the Banjaras.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Famous people from Banjara Community- Vasanthrao Naik, Ex-Chief Minister of Maharasthra 

Vasantrao Phulsing Naik (1 July 1913 – 18 August 1979) was Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 1963 until 1975. To this date, he remains as the longest-serving Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Also, he had the credit to return to power after completion of full five years which could not be possible for any other chief minister in Maharashtra. V. P. Naik was born in 1913 at the remote Gahuli village near Chapdoh dam, 3 km from Karegaon on Karegaon-Ramnagar-Yawali link road off Yavatmal-Ghatanji State highway 237, in the Yavatmal district in the southern Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. He is the uncle of former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Sudhakarrao Naik and his politician brother Manohar Naik who was a MLA from Pusad.
His experience in grassroots politics made him a responsible legislator. He was a staunch supporter of Yashwantrao Chavan. He was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh during 1952-1957, Bombay State during 1957-1960 and of Maharashtra during 1960 to 1977. In 1952, he was appointed Deputy Minister for Revenue in the Government of Madhya Pradesh. He was made Minister for Cooperation in 1957 and, later, Minister for Agriculture in the Government of Bombay State. From 1960 to 1963, he was Minister for Revenue in the Government of Maharashtra.
After the death of Marotrao Kannamwar, Naik was elected Chief Minister of Maharashtra, a post which he held for more than eleven years during 1963-1975. He is considered the father of the Green Revolution in Maharashtra. The industrialization of Maharashtra is largely the legacy of his progressive industrial policies.
He was also elected to the 6th Lok Sabha from Washim in 1977. V. P. Naik died in Singapore on 18 August 1979. Many journalists and experts of political studies attribute the rise of right wing party Shiv Sena in the 1970s to his policy of building up the Shiv Sena as a counterweight to the communist-led labour unions in Mumbai. He was the founder and Managing Committee member of the Janta Shikshan Prasarak Mandal and the Babasaheb Naik College of Engineering, Pusad. The Shri Vasantrao Naik Government Medical College in Yavatmal city of Maharashtra state, was named in his honour. The 2015 Marathi film Mahanayak vasant tu, starring Chinmay Mandlekar, is his biopic.
As a politician he is as popular as Devaraj Urs, the ex-Chief Minister of Karnataka. Even several decades after his death, the people of Maharashtra remembers him as the most  progressive Chief Minister the state has ever seen. Several government institutions like;  Vasantrao Naik Vimukta Jatis And Nomadic Tribes Development Corporation (Limited); Vasantrao Naik, Marathwada Agricultural University (MAU) Parbhani; Vasantrao Naik Government Institute of Arts and Social Sciences, Nagpur; and Vasantrao Naik Government Medical College in Yavatmal are named after him, besides large number of private educational institutions.