IV. The
WestCentral Heartland
The WestCentral heartland of India consists of the
states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan in the West and Madhya Pradesh and
Chhattisgarh in Central India. We must also include here the small states or
territories of Goa, DamanDiu and DadraNagarHaveli.
First we will take the tribes having more than 97% declared
Hindus:
TRIBE

States

Total Population

%age of
Hindus

Bhil

M, G, R, MP, C

143,63,991

98.53

Koli

G

75,99,057

99.59

Kunbi

G

75,88,339

99.81

Mina

R, MP

45,74,086

99.80

Koli Mahadev

M

14,20,656

99.55

Kol

M, MP, C

11,70,525

99.55

Kokna

M, G, R, DNH

10,61,071

97.46

Varli

M, G, Go, DD, DNH

10,48,729

98.05

Kawar

M, MP, C

9,38,210

97.81

Halbi/Halba

M, MP, C

8,40,531

98.65

Dubla

M, G, Go, DD, DNH

8,27,807

99.60

Korka

M, MP, C

8,25,382

99.60

Dhodia

M, G, Go, DD, DNH

7,91,050

99.25

Bharwad

G

6,90,024

100.00

Rathawa

M, G

6,25,644

99.84

Sahariya

R, MP, C

5,88,947

99.66

Vaghri

G

5,20,004

99.99

Thakar

M

4,87,171

99.57

Baiga

M, MP, C

4,65,189

99.34

Andh

M, MP, C

4,23,420

99.22

Chaudhari

G

3,65,554

98.42

Rabari

G

3,30,773

100.00

Bharia Bhumia

M, MP, C

3,30,179

99.19

Pardhan

M, MP, C

3,23,079

98.91

Kathodi

M, G, R, DNH

2,99,757

98.61

Koli Malhar

M

2,93,919

98.65

Koli Dhor

M, G, R, DNH

2,92,537

98.32

Garasia

R

2,34,412

99.27

Kolowar/Kolami

M, MP, C

2,17,212

99.47

Pardhi

M, G, MP, C

2,09,600

99.36

Bhattra

M, MP, C

1,99,219

98.99

Panika

MP

1,91,799

99.58

Saur

MP, C

1,82,483

99.86

Dhanwar

M, MP, C

1,64,475

99.44

Khairwar

M, MP, C

1,53,067

99.52

Naikda

M, G, R, Go, DD, DNH

1,34,817

99.40

Majhi

MP C

1,21,712

99.22

Korwa

MP, C

1,17,062

97.34

Charan

G

1,05,778

100.00

Mawasi

MP, C

1,04,866

99.45

Agariya

MP, C

1,02,795

99.18

Sonr

MP, C

75,748

98.48

Pao

MP, C

69,856

99.83

Bhaina

M, MP, C

69,848

97.24

Damaria/Damor

R, MP, C

61,281

98.59

Majhwar

MP, C

61,120

99.02

Keer

MP

50,310

99.92

Kamar

M, MP, C

39,600

99.09

Karku

MP, C

30,402

99.83

Padhar

G

24,273

100.00

Bhunjia

M, MP, C

23,189

98.65

Chodhara

M, G

20,303

99.26

Barda

M, G

15,878

98.52

Kui Khond

M, MP, C

15,321

98.99

Biar/Biyar

MP, C

14,697

99.11

Gadaba

MP, C

10,089

99.06

Bavcha

M, G

8,098

98.10

Saonta

MP, C

4,781

99.62

Birhor

M, MP, C

4,570

98.69

Pomla

M, G

2,327

99.53

Saora/Savara

M, MP

2,271

99.56

Kisan/Nagasia

M, MP, C

256

100.00

The following are the tribes having between 9097% of
declared Hindus:
TRIBE

States

Total Population

%age of Hindus

%age of Christians

%age Of Muslims

Total %age H+C+M

Gond

M, G, MP, C

108,70,476

93.21

0.69

93.90


Gamit

M, G

6,30,075

91.91

8.02

99.93


Dhanka

M, G, R

4,20,398

93.36

2.44

3.92

99.72

Kharia

M, MP, C

77,413

96.47

3.34

99.81


BhilMina

R, MP, C

60,077

96.34

2.93

99.27


Vitholia

M, G

30,892

94.39

5.56

99.95


Parja

M, MP, C

6,542

96.35

2.87

99.22

And finally the few tribes where Hindus are less than
90%:
TRIBE

States

Total Population

%age of Hindus

%age of Christians

%age Of Muslims

Total %age H+C+M

Oraon

MP, C

7,48,901

64.34

32.88

97.22


Munda

MP, C

13,222

86.39

11.99

98.38


Patelia

M, G, R

8,791

83.60

0.19

15.22

99.01

Koya

M

802

86.78

12.84

99.62

To sum up the situation so far: we have seen the
religious composition of the tribals in the whole of India to the north,
west and south of the JharkhandOrissa line, and we find that in the
overwhelming majority of the tribes the percentage of “Hindu Category One”
tribals is far above 90%, and far more than the percentage of the Hindus in the
general population of the states concerned. The tribals are more emphatically
Hindu than the nontribals of these states. In the few tribes where the
powerful missionary machinery has made any impact, the converts are obviously
from among “Hindu Category One” tribals, and “Hindu Category Three” tribals are
almost totally absent.
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