Describe the Banjaras and Raikas community in brief

Describe the Banjaras and Raikas community in brief.

Banjaras are nomadic people who move from one region to another in search of good pasture land for . their cattle. They move over long distances, selling plough, cattle and other goods to villagers.

They are found in the villages of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharasthra. Raikas are a pastoral community of Rajasthan.

The uncertainty and meagre rainfall in the desert region leading to fluctuating harvests made the Raikas combine both cultivation and pastoralism as means of occupation. One group of Raikas is known as Maru Raikas and they are herder of camels, sheep and goat. Their settlement is called a ‘dhandi’