What is the category of Nair?

What is the category of Nair?

Nair community They were not identified in any category in Karnataka and as such were not able to get benefits. The Nair community should be listed in the BC list making suitable provisions for reservation, they demanded.

What caste is Menon?

Menon is a surname of the Nair community of Kerala, India, and was an honorific hereditary title, often used as an affix to one’s name, bestowed by the various kings of Kerala (including the Zamorin) to the members Kiryathil subcaste of Nairs.

Is Nair upper caste?

Nair, who belongs to the upper caste Nair community in Kerala’s Kottayam district, is part of a household that is filled with people who support either the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM, or the main opposition Congress, in line with the two-party politics of the state.

Is Pillai Nair?

No. They are not Brahmins. Pillai can be considered as an honorific surname conferred to some subsects among Nairs, a forward caste. In Kerala, Pillais are a subset of Nairs just like Unnithan, Valiyathan, Kaimal, Thampi, Kartha, Menoki, Menon, Panickar, Kurup, Nambiar etc.

What is Vaniya Nair caste?

Vaniya Nairs/Vaniya Chettiars are old Nair sub-caste among Nairs in northern Malabar. They widely belonged to Vaishya Varna among four varnas but since Vaishya varna didn’t existed in Malabar they were granted to use ‘Nair’ title by kolathiri rajas of kolathu nadu,They also use chettiar as their surname.

Is kartha Nair?

All Karthas belong to the Illam sub division of the Nair caste.

Who are Nairs in Kerala?


  • The Nair /ˈnaɪər/, also known as Nayar, are a group of Indian Hindu castes, described by anthropologist Kathleen Gough as “not a unitary group but a named category of castes”.
  • Historically, Nairs lived in large family units called tharavads that housed descendants of one common female ancestor.
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