Banjaras during the medieval period of Indian history were generally
[UPSC Civil Services Exam – 2016 Prelims]
- In medieval India, there existed numerous tribal groups, including hunter-gatherer nomads like the Banjaras. Although the Banjaras were originally nomadic, during this period, they mainly engaged in trade activities.
- The Banjaras played a crucial role in the reign of Alauddin Khalji, who utilized them for transporting grain to city markets. They were renowned for their skills in transporting goods from one place to another.
- In fact, Emperor Jahangir wrote in his memoirs about the Banjaras’ contributions, mentioning that they transported grain on their bullocks from different areas and sold it in towns.
Therefore, Option (d) is the correct answer.