Kuruba Community – UPSC Prelims

  • The Kurubas of Karnataka are a traditional sheep rearing community.
  • Presently, the Kurubas constitute 9.3% of the state’s population and come under the backward classes category.
  • Kurubas are the fourth largest caste in Karnataka after the Lingayats, Vokkaligas and Muslims.
  • Kurubas in other states are known by different names – as Dhangars in Maharashtra, Rabaris or Raikas in Gujarat, Dewasis in Rajasthan and Gadarias in Haryana.
  • Why in news? They are demanding inclusion in ST category.
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