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The Kachar are a Muslim community found in the state of Maharashtra in India. They are also known as Kachera or Shishgar[1]


The Kachar get their name from the word Hindi word kanch, which means glass, and the Kachar were historically involved in the manufacture of glass bangles. Little is known about the origin this community, other than the fact the earliest references to the community date from at least the 18th Century. They are found throughout Maharashtra, and speak the Dakhani dialect of Urdu.[2] but some of this castes peoples are wrote his surmane kacher also...

Present circumstances

The Kachar are still involved in the manufacture and selling of glass bangles. Some Kachar are also work as daily wage labourers. Their economic situation is bleak, as there is little profit in bangle making. As one of the smaller Muslim community in Maharashtra, they have little political influence. There settlement usually contains a caste council, which deals with issues of community welfare. The Kachar intermarry with some neighbouring Muslim communities such as the Attar, Faqir and Pinjara, although most marriages are within the community. They are entirely Sunni Muslim, although they incorporate a few folk beliefs.

See also


  1. ^ People of India Maharshtra Volume XXX Part Two edited by B.V Bhanu, B.R Bhatnagar, D.K Bose, V.S Kulkarni and J Sreenath pages 873-881
  2. ^ People of India Maharshtra Volume XXX Part Two edited by B.V Bhanu, B.R Bhatnagar, D.K Bose, V.S Kulkarni and J Sreenath pages 873-881
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