Issue Date: Feb 15, 1994
Apropos "Pastoralists at the crossroads" by Ganesh Pangare and Richard Cincotta (ANALYSIS, December 15, 1993), there appears to be some confusion regarding the use of the word, Maldhari. In Gujarati, Maldhari literally means the possessor of animal wealth and it is applied to several pastoral communities of Kutch and Saurashtra. Maldhari communities include the Rabaris, the Bharwads, the Charans, the Jats and the Ahirs. The animals they rear are camels, horses, goats, sheep and cattle.