Hatti Community

JUL 26

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Why in news?

  • Recently, the Central Government is considering granting ST status to the Haithi Community of the Tans-Giri region of Himachal Pradesh’s Sirmaur district.

About Hattis:

  • Hatti community is of the Trans-Giri region of Himachal Pradesh.
  • They share social as well as cultural similarities with the Jaunsar community of the Jaunsar-Bawar area of Uttarakhand.
  • This is because the Trans-Giri area and Jaunsar Bawar area, were part of the erstwhile Sirmaur princely state.
  • It is cut off from Sirmaur by two rivers called Giri and Tons.
  • The community is named after their age-old professional practice of selling their home grown crops at small markets called ‘Haat’ in nearby cities.
  • The members of this community haven’t been mainstreamed and most are dependent on animal rearing and agriculture.

Khumbli (Governance):

  • They even still follow the Khumbli - the traditional council despite the establishment of the panchayat system.

PRACTICE QUESTION:

The term ‘Khumbli’ was recently seen in news in association with Hattis community. It refers to

(a) Traditional water management technique

(b) Trapping pit with inverted funnel-shaped stone walls

(c) Traditional governance system

(d) Local coins

Answer