There were two types of migrants, those who ventured into the unknown foreign lands either independently on their own and became self employed or those who went as economic migrants to work on sugar plantations and in factories overseas.

Fishing still remains the traditional occupation and fishing boats have now been replaced with modern mechanised deep sea trawlers. Members of this community are very resourceful and are involved in various enterprises including transport, export, manufacturing, processing of sea food products and working on modern ships all across the globe.

Greater emphasis is now being given to the education, we are seeing the benefits of education with more professionals in various fields of science, medicine and engineering. We now have overseas qualified Anaesthetists, Dentists, Doctors, Pharmacists, Electrical Engineers, Accountants, Architects, Lawyers, Captains on ships and very successful independent businessmen.

There is no central organisation working in the common interest of the entire community spread along the coast of Gujarat. Each centre is totally independent and responsible for managing the community’s own affairs and have their own independent judicial system. Disputes are heard by the presiding vanot, patels and other community elders who resolve issues without resorting to the nation’s court for minor offences.

Thanking you for bringing this to my attention.

Kind regards,
Ramesh.

History

Very little is known about the Kharva community and its migration on any website. I have very little historical facts currently, but writing about my family is a small step in the right direction and I hope your contributions will add to whatever little we already know.

This is our community’s first ever website and it is an attempt to fill in the historical missing link. Any historical contribution you make will be of immense interest and great value to our upcoming future generations. It will also redress the negative image we suffer and experience to this very day.

Due to the persecution by the Mughal Muslim rulers around 10th century, many Hindu communities were forced to migrate to other parts of India. According to the legend, during this period our forefathers migrated to the coastal regions of Gujarat.

In the bygone pre-steam ship era, Indian dhows sailed all across the Indian Ocean. Taking advantage of the Monsoon Trade winds, some of our forefathers decided to travel and settle in faraway countries particularly on the East African coast. The earliest settlement by Kharva dates around 1800 – 1915. Most of these early migrants landed on east coast of Africa and settled at Mombasa in Kenya, Tanga, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa. However, some community members travelled and settled further inland in Uganda. Since late 1960s most of the East African migrants and their descendants have migrated to United Kingdom, United States or returned to India.

Conditions prevailing at the time at this new found coastal land, the migrants took to the occupation of processing salt, fishing and sailing. it is assumed at around this period for the first time “KHARVA” also spelt “Kharwa” was used to identify a community who made their living from sea and seafarers. There are many other communities along the Indian coastline, who make their living from sea, but only descendants of the Rajputs who migrated from Rajasthan and North India are reckoned to be the true Kharva and this particular community speaks Gujarati as their first language and follow Hindu traditions and religion.

Jethabhal Bhovan Masani (Varma) Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania
Jamnaben Jethabhal Masani Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania Porbandar
Deviben Jetha Masani Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania Porbandar
Hiraben Bhimji Varma Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania United Kingdom
Bhimjibhai Jetha Varma Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania United Kingdom
Ranjanben Bhimji Varma Korogwe Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Rameshbhai Bhimji Varma Handeni Tanga, Tanzania United Kingdom
Madhubhai Bhimji Varma Korogwe Tanga, Tanzania United Kingdom
Ashokbhai Bhimji Varma Korogwe Tanga, Tanzania United Kingdom
Vandanaben Bhimji Varma Korogwe Eldoret, Kenya United Kingdom
Rajubhai Bhimji Varma Korogwe Tanga, Tanzania United Kingdom
Kamalben Bhimji Varma Korogwe Tanga, Tanzania United Kingdom
Sureshbhai Bhimji Varma Korogwe Tanga, Tanzania United Kingdom
Deviben Jetha Masani Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania Porbandar
Dhaniben Jetha Masani Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania Porbandar
Jivanbhai Jetha Masani Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania United Kingdom
Dhanuben Jivan Varma Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania Porbandar
Smitaben Jivan Varma Korogwe Tanga, Tanzania United Kingdom
Sarojben Jivan Varma Korogwe Tanga, Tanzania United Kingdom
Mayurbhai Jivan Varma Korogwe Tanga, Tanzania United Kingdom
Divaliben Jetha Masani Porbandar Korogwe Porbandar
Karsanbhai Jetha Varma Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania Porbandar
Premjibhai Jetha Varma Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania Porbandar
Jiwabhai Haja Kotiya Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania
Kasarbai Jiwa Kotia Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania Porbandar
Devjibhai Jiwa Kotia Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania
Jashodaben Devji Kotia Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania Porbandar
Ramjibhai Devji Kotia Korogwe Porbandar United Kingdom
Lilaben Devji Kotia Korogwe Porbandar
Mangraben Devji Kotia Korogwe Porbandar
Dhanjibhai Jiwa Kotia Korogwe Porbandar
Kesarben Dhanji Kotia Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania United Kingdom
Jadavjibhai Haja Kotia Porbandar Mauri, Tanzania Korogwe
Motiben Jadavji Kotia Porbandar Mauri, Tanzania Korogwe
Bhagwanjibhai Jadav Kotia Porbandar Sambyazi, Tanzania Tanga
Ranchhodbhai Jadav Kotia Porbandar Mauri, Tanzania Tanga
Gidhubai Jadav Kotia Porbandar Mauri, Tanzania Porbandar
Bachuriben Jadav Kotia Porbandar Mombasa, Kenya United Kindom
Muljibhai Mistry Jungi Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania Porbandar
Devjibhai Mulji Mistry Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania Porbandar
Madhubhai Mulji Mistry Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania Porbandar
Jiwabhai Kanjui Shiyal Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania United Kingdom
Sammiben Jiwa Shiyal Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania United Kingdom
Jamnaben Jiwa Shiyal Porbandar Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Jashuben Jiwa Shiyak Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania Porbandar
Sashibhai Jiwa Shiyal Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania United Kingdom
Muktaben Shashi Shiyal Porbandar Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Hirabhai Jiwa Shiyal Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania United Kingdom
Chetnaben Hira Shiyal Porbandar United Kingdom
Divaliben Jiwa Shiyal Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania Porbandar
Pradhanbhai Motivaras Porbandar Korogwe, Tanzania Porbandar
Bhagwanjibhai Malam Mandavi Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Manjulaben Bhagwanji Malam Mandavi Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Nitinbhai Bhagwanji Malam Mandavi Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Jashreeben Nitin Malam Mandavi Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Dhwaniben Nitin Malam Mandavi Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Laljibhai Masani Porbabdar Zanzibar, Tanzania United Kingdom
Gulabben Lalji Masani Porbabdar Zanzibar, Tanzania United Kingdom
Ravibhai Lalji Masani Zanzibar United Kingdom
Krishnaben Ravi Masani Mandavi United Kingdom
Viruben Kanji Motivaras Porbandar Mombasa, Kenya Vadodara
Babubhai Kanji Motivaras Porbandar Mombasa, Kenya Singapore
Ranjanben Babu Motivaras Korogwe Mombasa, Keny Singapore
Jashodaben Kanji Motivaras Mombasa Mauri, Tanzania
Shardaben Kanji Motivaras Mombasa United Kingdom
Hirjibhai Velji Shiyal Porbandar Nairobi, Kenya United Kingdom
Gangaben Hirji Shiyal Porbandar Nairobi, Kenya United Kingdom
Girishbhai Hirji Shiyal Nairobi, Kenya United Kingdom
Smitaben Girish Shiyal Porbandar United Kingdom
Anitaben Hirji Shiyal Nairobi, Kenya United Kingdom
Gauriben Karsandas Jhalla(Malam) Mandavi Nairobi, Kenya United Kingdom
Shashibhai Karsandas Jhalla(Malam) Nairobi, Kenya United Kingdom
Ratanben Ratanshri Motivaras Porbandar Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Vijaybhai Ratanshri Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Vanitaben Vijay Motivaras Porbandar United Kingdom
Jaswantbhai Ratanshri Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Satishbhai Ratanshri Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Muktaben Ratanshri Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Pushpaben Ratanshri Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Bhanuben Ratanshri Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Ratanben Mepa Motivaras Porbandar Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Vasantbhai Mepa Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Rekha Vasant Motivaras Porbandar United Kingdom
Ritikbhai Vasant Motivaras United Kingdom
Harishbhai Mepa Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Laxmiben Harish Motivaras Kutch United Kingdom
Merajbhai Harish Motivaras United Kingdom
Chandni Harish Motivaras United Kingdom
Vinodbhai Mepa Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Ramilaben Mepa Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Madhuben Mepa Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Praveenaben Mepa Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya
Babubhai Samji Gohil Porbandar Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Deviben Babubhai Gohil Porbandar Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Bhupendrabhai Babu Gohil Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Rohiniben Bhupendra Madvi United Kingdom
Hiteshbhai Bhupendra Gohil United Kingdom
Vimalbhai Bhupendra Gohil United Kingdom
Pinkeshbhai Bhupendra Gohil United Kingdom
Mahendrabhai Babu Gohil Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Sunitaben Mahendra Gohil Mandvi United Kingdom
Divyaben Mahendra Gohil United Kingdom
Anishbhai Mahendra Gohil United Kingdom
Alpeshbhai Mahendra Gohil United Kingdom
Rajendrabhai Babu Gohil United Kingdom
Anitaben Rajendra Gohil United Kingdom
Dipikaben Rajendrabhai Gohil United Kingdom
Vanishaben Rajendrabhai Gohil United Kingdom
Kishorebhai Babu Gohil Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Vasamtobem Kishore Gohil Baroda United Kingdom
Pritambhai Kishorebhai Gohil United Kingdom
Heminiben Kishorebhai Gohil United Kingdom
Premiben Pradhanbhai Motivaras Porbandar Mombasa, Kenya
Ramjibhai Pradhanbhai Motivaras Porbandar Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Bachuriben Ramji Motivaras Mauri, Tanzania Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Damiben Ramjibhai Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Manglaben Ramjibhai Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Bhartiben Ramjibhai Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Bhanuben Ramjibhai Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Jayshreeben Ramjibhai Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Kalaben Ramjibhai Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Naranbhai Pradhan Motivaras Porbandar Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Muktaben Naran Motivaras Porbandar United Kingdom
Chandrikaben Naran Motivaras United Kingdom
Taraben Naran Motivaras United Kingdom
Geetaben Naran Motivaras United Kingdom
Bharatbhai Naran Motivaras United Kingdom
Harish Naran Motivaras United Kingdom
Hansaben Naran Motivaras United Kingdom
Hiraben Naran Motivaras United Kingdom
Priyaben Naran Motivaras United Kingdom
Hirjibhai Pradhan Motivaras Porbandar Mombasa, Kenya
Bharatbhai Naran Motivaras United Kingdom
Nathiben Pradhan Motivaras Porbandar Mombasa, Kenya Porbandar
Babubhai Pradhan Motivaras Porbandar Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Bachhubhai Pradhan Motivaras Porbandar Mombasa, Kenya Porbandar
Jaswantbhai Ratanshri Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Satishbhai Ratanshri Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Muktaben Ratanshri Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Pushpaben Ratanshri Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom
Bhanuben Ratanshri Motivaras Mombasa, Kenya United Kingdom

Those community members who migrated from India and settled in Unganda and emigrated to other foreign countries, wishing to add their family details or where the information is to be updated can do so by contacting us. We will endeavour to update at our ealiest.

Narendrabhai Valji Bharada Porbandar United Kingdom
Jagmitradas Ramji Gohil Veraval United Kingdom
Hashumatiben Jagmitradas Gohil Veraval United Kingdom
Ishvarlal Jagmitradas Gohil Veraval United Kingdom
Hashmukhbhai Jagmitradas Gohil Veraval United Kingdom
Jitendrabhai Hashmukhbhai Gohil London United Kingdom
Ajaybhai Hashmukhbhai Gohil London United Kingdom
Pareshbhai Hashmukhbhai Gohil London United Kingdom
Manjulaben Hashmukhbhai Gohil Veraval United Kingdom
Ashwinbhai Jagmitradas Gohil Veraval United Kingdom
Nishaben Ashwinbhai Gohil London United Kingdom
Krishnaben Ashwinbhai Gohil London United Kingdom
Paritaben Ashwinbhai Gohil London United Kingdom
Jaswantiben Ashwin Gohil Diu/Goghla United Kingdom
Dharmendrabhai Jagmitradas Gohil Veraval United Kingdom
Hemnaliniben Dharmendra Gohil Diu/Goghla United Kingdom
Sangeetaben Dharmendra Gohil London United Kingdom
Jyotiben Dharmendra Gohil London United Kingdom
Priyankaben Dharmendra Gohil London United Kingdom
Suresh Baridun Porbandar United Kingdom
Dinaben Suresh Baridun Mozambique United Kingdom
Purshotambhai Solanki Diu/Goghla United Kingdom
Dilipbhai Premji Sheraji Porbandar United Kingdom
Laljibhai Jetha Madhavi Porbandar United Kingdom
Maheshbhai Bhadresha Porbandar United Kingdom