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Bagdi caste المصدر: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagdi_caste

The Bagdis are indigenous people descended from people with Dravidian links found in the Indian state of West Bengal and Bangladesh who were associated with professions like cultivating and fishing.[1][2] The Bagdis are populous in Bankura, Birbhum and other districts in the western fringe of West Bengal. The Bagdis are one of the most numerous Scheduled castes of West Bengal.[3][4]

History[edit]

J.N Bhattacharya described the Bagdis as an aboriginal tribe, who were fishermen, woodcutters, and litter carriers. The bagdis were also known as the criminal tribe of Bengal under Criminal Tribes Act of the British.[2]

Population and Literacy Data[edit]

The Bagdis numbered 2,740,385 in West Bengal in the 2001 Indian census and were 14.9 percent of the scheduled caste population of West Bengal. 47.7 percent of the Bagdis were literate – 60.4 percent males and 34.8 percent females were literate.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Rahman, S M Mahfuzur (2012). "Bagdi". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  2. ^ a b Roy, Milan. "SITUATING SOCIAL STRUCTURE OF BAGDI CASTE IN BENGAL." CASTE, GENDER AND MEDIA: SIGNIFICANT SOCIOLOGICAL TRENDS IN INDIA: 102.
  3. ^ Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (22 February 2018). Land Dispossession and Everyday Politics in Rural Eastern India. Anthem Press. ISBN 978-1-78308-748-8.
  4. ^ Mondal, Amrita (6 April 2021). Owning Land, Being Women: Inheritance and Subjecthood in India. Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. ISBN 978-3-11-069049-1.
  5. ^ "West Bengal, Census of India 2001, Data Highlights – The Scheduled Castes" (PDF). Office of the Registrar General, India. Retrieved 28 June 2009.