Sikh Valmiki in India

The Sikh Valmiki have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Valmiki are also called Balmiki. They are a caste of street sweepers with low status.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In India Valmiki people face discrimination from a young age. At school their children are given derisive names. They are treated like they cannot learn by public school teachers. Those who work in parks clean things up, then take a stroll in the park only to be told to leave either by high caste members or by the police. If they resist, the police will beat them. Valmiki women are sexually abused by high caste men. There is nothing they can do about it.
Since the root of these problems is in the Hindu based caste system, some Valmiki have changed to a different religion. Most commonly they become Buddhist, but others have adopted Islam or Sikhism. Those who became Sikhs were once used by the British colonialists as a military force.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Sikhism originated from a 15th century teacher named Guru Nanak Dev as a reform movement. He rejected the Hindu caste system, taught that all people were equal and that all have equal access to God. The Sikh God is formless, without gender and is to be found in everyone. One gets closer to God by living a good life and by practicing charity. Like Hindus, Sikhs believe in reincarnation and the law of karma; you reap what you sow in your previous life. Like Muslims, the Sikhs worship only one God.
One may recognize a Sikh man by his distinctive turban. All the 10 great Sikh gurus wore turbans. Sikh teaching mandates that a person not cut his or her hair. They worship their holy book, the Granth Sahib, which is a collection of hymns.
There are roughly the same number of Sikhs as there are Jews in the world, but Sikhs are most concentrated in Punjab, their homeland. However, you will find smaller numbers of Sikhs all over the world. Many of the best Indian restaurants in the West are owned and operated by Sikhs.


What Are Their Needs?

The Valmiki people need to put their trust and identity in the hands of the loving God of Creation who sent his son to make it possible for them to enter the Kingdom of God.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Sikh Valmiki people to have the justice they need.
Pray for them to find their identity and sense of worth in the God who gave them life, and the savior who offers them life to the full.
Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Sikh Valmiki.
Pray God will have mercy on the Valmiki, doing whatever it takes to place them in a position to receive him.
Ask God to open the hearts of the Sikh Valmiki to the gospel.


Scripture Prayers for the Valmiki (Sikh traditions) in India.


References

https://www.allaboutsikhs.com/sikh-way-of-life/sects-and-cults/balmiki/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_ZiGyCwLSY
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valmiki_caste


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People Name General Valmiki (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Valmiki (Sikh traditions)
Natural Name Sikh Valmiki
Pronunciation wahl-MEE-kee
Alternate Names Balmik; Balmiki; Bhangi; Hair; Hari; Mehtar; Mehtor
Population this Country 293,000
Population all Countries 293,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
People ID 22350
ROP3 Code 119349
ROP25 Code 308545
ROP25 Name Valmiki / Balmiki (SC)
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 15
Largest States
Punjab
278,000
Haryana
5,500
Chandigarh
2,400
Uttar Pradesh
1,800
Rajasthan
1,000
Chhattisgarh
400
Madhya Pradesh
300
Jharkhand
300
Maharashtra
300
Uttarakhand
200
Himachal Pradesh
200
Jammu and Kashmir
90
Delhi
60
Gujarat
10
Telangana
10
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 15
  Punjab 278,000
  Haryana 5,500
  Chandigarh 2,400
  Uttar Pradesh 1,800
  Rajasthan 1,000
  Chhattisgarh 400
  Madhya Pradesh 300
  Jharkhand 300
  Maharashtra 300
  Uttarakhand 200
  Himachal Pradesh 200
  Jammu and Kashmir 90
  Delhi 60
  Gujarat 10
  Telangana 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (180,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
57,000
Bagri
1,300
Haryanvi
700
Chhattisgarhi
200
Marwari (India)
100
Dhundari
90
Awadhi
70
Kanauji
70
Marathi
50
Shekhawati
50
Garhwali
40
Pahari, Mahasu
40
Kumaoni
30
Gujarati
30
Bundeli
20
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (180,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 57,000
  Bagri 1,300
  Haryanvi 700
  Chhattisgarhi 200
  Marwari (India) 100
  Dhundari 90
  Awadhi 70
  Kanauji 70
  Marathi 50
  Shekhawati 50
  Garhwali 40
  Pahari, Mahasu 40
  Kumaoni 30
  Gujarati 30
  Bundeli 20
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1959-2021)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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