The Banni still covers about 2, sq km, within which there are 46 villages. They practice no other occupation or do any farming as the conditions are not suitable. This problem will intensify after the construction of the Sardar Sarovar dam. Diseases due to changing temperatures sometimes wipe out entire herds.
For most of them, their entire lives have been dedicated to pastoralism. In addition to repairing umbrellas, the community are also involved in the manufacture of fishhooks.
By the time the colonial rule ended in most parts of Africa a lot of damage had already been done. The Nat are largely Hindu, with a small Muslim minority, and speak various dialects of Hindi.
You are working with the International Land Coalition on a National Engagement Strategy which aims to improve coordination and to aggregate the efforts of the Coalition in India, and other countries in Asia, by sharing lessons learned.
They are also known as Kharia Muslims, as they are said to be converts from the Kharia casteand prefer to be known as Kharia. Secondly, the intensification of agriculture has resulted in less fallow land.
Apart from producing milk, meat, leather and wool and providing animals for traction and manure for agriculture, livestock rearing earns foreign exchange from exports.