Sunri Sadhubanik in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Sunri people was divided under the British during colonial days. The British elevated one group of Sunris into a higher caste, and the others were reduced to a lower, Dalit caste. This has caused bitterness, because the Dalits are often discriminated against by other Sunris in business dealings. The national Indian government has not rectified this situation. Most live in West Bengal and Bihar, but they are also scattered throughout other parts of India. Many live in Bangladesh. They speak, read and write in Bengali.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most earn their living through farming, trade, fishing, and being household service workers. Some of the Sunri continue with their traditional work of distilling and selling alcohol. Others are self-employed or work in other trades. Women help in financial matters. They have made good progress in the field of education. The Sunri are generally well educated. They prefer to have no more than three children.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindus, but there is another large Muslim community that are also Sunris.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sunri people need to experience the abundant life that only Jesus Christ can offer.


Prayer Points

Pray that Indian believers will lead the Sunri to a movement to Christ. Pray for spiritual hunger and discernment.


Scripture Prayers for the Sunri Sadhubanik in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Sunri Sadhubanik
People Name in Country Sunri Sadhubanik
Pronunciation SOON-ree SAH-doo-bah-NEEK
Population this Country 325,000
Population all Countries 575,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Alternate Names सुंरी साधुबनिक
People ID 21257
ROP3 Code 118080
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 15
Largest States
West Bengal
191,000
Odisha
84,000
Tripura
19,000
Assam
13,000
Chhattisgarh
4,900
Jharkhand
4,700
Maharashtra
4,200
Meghalaya
800
Andaman and Nicobar
600
Bihar
400
Delhi
200
Uttar Pradesh
100
Arunachal Pradesh
100
Madhya Pradesh
80
Uttarakhand
50
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 15
  West Bengal 191,000
  Odisha 84,000
  Tripura 19,000
  Assam 13,000
  Chhattisgarh 4,900
  Jharkhand 4,700
  Maharashtra 4,200
  Meghalaya 800
  Andaman and Nicobar 600
  Bihar 400
  Delhi 200
  Uttar Pradesh 100
  Arunachal Pradesh 100
  Madhya Pradesh 80
  Uttarakhand 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (197,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Odia
58,000
Hindi
9,500
Assamese
5,700
Chhattisgarhi
2,900
Pengo
600
Maithili
200
Kok Borok
200
Desiya
50
Primary Language Bengali (197,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Odia 58,000
  Hindi 9,500
  Assamese 5,700
  Chhattisgarhi 2,900
  Pengo 600
  Maithili 200
  Kok Borok 200
  Desiya 50
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2022)
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 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 Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Bible for Children
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.17 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.83 %
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)
Adam Jones - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more