“The idea is to keep on moving.. meet different people and make friendship with other communities. Why should we live any other way?”
This Maldhari proverb describes the life of nomads in Kachch region of western Indian state of Gujrat. Many of these people depend on nature and cattle for their livelihood. Women do household work while the men folk are mostly in the desert with their sheep and camels. Its is said that most of these nomads also known as Rabaris came down from the neighbouring state of Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer region and learning their prehistory would take one as far as Kabul in Afghanistan.
With an estimated population of 2,70,000 currently in India, many of them live by selling sheep and goats for meat, dung for fertilizer, and wool.