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Pathans of Madhya Pradesh
Former erstwhile Governor of Uttarakhand from 2012 to 2015, Dr. Aziz Qureshi, who previously served as one of the state cabinet ministers of Madhya Pradesh as a member of the Indian National Congress
Regions with significant populations
India (Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh)
UrduEnglishHindi (Bagheli, Powar, Chhattisgarhi, Surgujia, Bundeli)
Related ethnic groups
Pashtun people

The Pathans of Madhya Pradesh are an Urdu-speaking Pashtun community settled in the present-day Indian state of Madhya Pradesh as well as a small minority of internal migrants and their descendants in neighbouring Chhattisgarh state, which was partitioned in 2000.

History and origin

The early Pathan settlers in what became the princely state of Bhopal were known as Barru-kat, because they initially used reeds for roofing their houses, in which it became an aspect of their local architecture.[1]

Bhopal became a hub for Pathan settlement, with others arriving to be soldiers in the Begum's army. Immigration continued until the creation of Pakistan in 1947.[2]

The state of Jaora was settled by Indian Rohillas from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh as well as other Indian Muslim freebooters of Uttar Pradesh, such as the Indian Sayyids.[3][4]

See also


  1. ^ Khan, Shaharyar M. (2000). The Begums of Bhopal: A History of the Princely State of Bhopal. I. B. Tauris. p. 11. ISBN 978-1-86064-528-0.
  2. ^ Haleem, Safia (24 July 2007). "Study of the Pathan Communities in Four States of India". Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ The Journal of Academy of Indian Numismatics & Sigillography Volumes 17-18. 2003. p. XXXI. Most of the population of Jaora State(founded in 1818 AD) came from the United Province and Jodhpur.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 April 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)