Introduction / History
The Balahar people are also known as the Vargis, Chobdars or Thakurs. They come from Rajastan where they once had a close economic and social links with the powerful Rajputs and other ruling communities. Since that time they have migrated east to the populous northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
In their own communities they speak Braj. Like almost all Hindus, the Balahar people avoid beef, though they are not vegetarians. Their marriages are arranged by negotiations. Divorce can be intiated by either party on the grounds of adultery or incompatibility, and the aggrieved party is compensated with money. All the sons of a couple get an equal inheritance. The Balahar people are farmers or herd livestock for a living. Some are self-employed or work for the government. Child labor is very common among them.
Pray that these Hindus will be given the chance to taste and see that the Lord is good.