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Kalal or Ahluwalia Sikh Subcastes

The real identity of Ahluwalia caste is that of  'Kalal'.  Kalal is a caste of professional distillers and wine-sellers. In the Hindu ritual framework, Kalal was regarded as a low caste  owing to their engagement in the manufacturing of  a product proscribed in religion. During 18th century , one of the member of Kalal caste by the name of Jassa Kalal converted to Sikhism and rose to prominence . His descendants started calling themselves  'Ahluwalia'  because Jassa Kalal was from the village 'Ahlo'.  In the later period, not just descendants of Jassa Kalal , but all Hindu as well as Sikh Kalals of Punjab started writing their caste name as 'Ahluwalia'  instead of   'Kalal'.  This is generally done to hide the actual origin of the caste.
 
Since Jassa Kalal's descendants managed to hold on to a fledgling Sikh princely state of Kapurthala, they sought to improve their social status by trying to form matrimonial alliances with the ruling Rajput houses. The latter however knew well of the humble origins of the   custodians of Kapurthala state from the Kalals and rejected their proposals with condescension  (see Maharaja: The lives, loves and intrigues of the Maharajas of India, Diwan Jarmani Dass).
 
 Kalal or Ahluwalia Subcastes
 
Aakre
Ashkal
Banal
Bhawrishi
Bhagat
Bhambral
Bhandari
Bhar
Bharoo
Bejagade
Bimat
Bontra
Caprahaan
Chandwaan
Channi
Dhaul
Diwan
Harshyaan
Hoon
Jaardi
 Jaiswal
Janvathiya
Jari
Jaspal
Joshan
Judge or Jaaj
Josh
Kaath
Kandel
Kannu
Kapoor
Kent
Kher
Ludhatia
Madhvati
Malhi
Mali
Malihan
Malik
Mumick or Mamik
 Nagi
Neel
Pabra
Paintal
Paul or Pal
Rana
Rekhi
Rosha
Ratra
Sadd
Sand or Sandh
Sambhi
Sigat
Sikand
Shrikant
Sulhyan
Talwar
Tulsi
Yashpal
 
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