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Assamese Muslims - Goriya, Moriya and Deshi

Apr 16, 2021 17:59 IST

The Janagosthiya Samannay Parishad, Assam (JSPA) launched a portal for conducting the first-ever census of Assamese Muslims for distinguishing them from their migrant, Bengal-origin or Bengali-speaking counterparts.

The JSPA represents three categories of Assamese Muslims - Goriya who converted from various indigenous groups and tribes, Moriya whose ancestors were brought by the Ahom kings to make weapons and utensils and Deshi who converted specifically from the Koch-Rajbongshi community.

Jolahas - converts from among tea plantation workers who were brought from central India by British planters have been kept out of the census.

Janagosthiya Samannay Parishad (JSPA) is an umbrella body of more than 30 "indigenous" organisations in Assam.