13-Jun-2024
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The Nankar Kiaran Community: Marginalized Descendants of Serfs in Barak Valley, Assam

The former worked as agrarian laborers or sharecroppers, while the latter were enslaved serfs.

The Nankar Kiaran community in southern Assam’s Barak Valley represents one of the most economically and socially marginalized Muslim communities. Their ancestors were agricultural laborers, indigenous people, and serfs who converted to Islam from lower castes. Within the Sylhet-Cachar region, where powerful landlords and a rigid system prevailed, the Kiran people were categorized as independent Kiran and Nankar Kiran.

The former worked as agrarian laborers or sharecroppers, while the latter were enslaved serfs. Nankar Kiran servants, named after the Persian word for bread, were provided with food instead of wages and were obligated to perform various tasks for the landlords, including entertainment and service by their womenfolk.

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