Kachhwaha Kachhi in India

The Kachhi Kachhwaha have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

In 1991 the Indian government declared Katchhi Kachhwaha people to be a backward caste, meaning that they were to be considered educationally and socially disadvantaged. For that reason, the Indian government offers them special privileges. Kachhi people are a part of the largest people cluster in India, the Hindi. Depending on the region, the Kachhi claim a variety of different origins.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Kachhi Kachhawa people are traditionally agrarian workers, growing crops including wheat, and lentils. Economically speaking, their main resource is the land due to their agrarian lifestyle. However, in regions like Delhi, Kachhi people are mostly small business owners. Their industries range from selling vegetables, book binding, manufacturing plastic toys or electrical parts. Some have made careers in the government or in private sector roles such as medicine or engineering. Kachhi boys and girls both get an education; however, they don’t encourage women to further their studies. Their diet is traditionally vegetarian which reflects both their Hindu background and agrarian lifestyle. However as Hindu nominalism creeps in they are more likely to include meat in their diet.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kachhi are almost entirely Hindu. A very small minority are Buddhist or adhere to some other local traditions. Kachhi Hindus predominantly worship Hanuman, Rama, Krishna Shiva, Kali and Durga. They celebrate the various major Hindu festivals and practice rituals of cremation, preferring to spread ashes in the Ganges River. In the cities, many younger Hindu Kachhi are becoming religiously nominal. In Gujarat some have started to adopt Muslim concepts and festivals like Ramadan. A small number of Buddhist Kachhi people live in Uttar Pradesh.


What Are Their Needs?

It is unclear whether there are any Christians among the Kachhi people. Their deep roots in Hinduism make evangelism difficult. There is no known active Christian witness to the Kachhi Kachhwaha people in India. They are geographically and linguistically linked to many nearby peoples, so there is opportunity.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Spirit will be working in many Kachhi and cause them to seek out the truth. Pray that Kachhi Kachhwaka people will humble themselves and come to trust in Christ as little children. Pray for a movement among this people group that will result in many church plants reproducing themselves. Pray for the Lord to bless this people group’s crops as a testimony of his goodness and power.


Scripture Prayers for the Kachhi Kachhwaha in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kachhi Kachhwaha
People Name in Country Kachhi Kachhwaha
Natural Name Kachhwaha Kachhi
Population this Country 1,415,000
Population all Countries 1,415,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 28
Alternate Names
People ID 21763
ROP3 Code 118550
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
1,166,000
Madhya Pradesh
236,000
Chhattisgarh
1,800
Uttarakhand
400
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Uttar Pradesh 1,166,000
  Madhya Pradesh 236,000
  Chhattisgarh 1,800
  Uttarakhand 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (921,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Kanauji
140,000
Awadhi
77,000
Bundeli
42,000
Malvi
5,000
Nimadi
2,400
Braj Bhasha
2,400
Chhattisgarhi
2,100
Bagheli
1,200
Garhwali
200
Kumaoni
40
Bhojpuri
30
Primary Language Hindi (921,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Kanauji 140,000
  Awadhi 77,000
  Bundeli 42,000
  Malvi 5,000
  Nimadi 2,400
  Braj Bhasha 2,400
  Chhattisgarhi 2,100
  Bagheli 1,200
  Garhwali 200
  Kumaoni 40
  Bhojpuri 30
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Pintu Mohanta - Pixabay  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more