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Gurjar/Gujjar- The Gurjar or Gujjar are a pastoral people found primarily in India and Pakistan with smaller groups in Afghanistan. Despite this, there is some debate amongst historians and anthropologists if the Gurjar are indigenous to the subcontinent, with some evidence suggesting they arrived between the 5th and 7th century from Armenia or Central Asia. Regardless of where they originally came from, Gurjar were a powerful group in pre-colonial India, being involved in the creation of such polities as the Pratihara Empire and other smaller kingdoms. Their power decreased under British rule, with many Gurjar participating in the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Following this, the British classified the Gurjar as a “criminal tribe”, meaning that they were predisposed to criminal behavior.