Uttar Pradesh is the most
populous state in the Indian Union. Kanpur is the biggest city in the
state. Other big cities are Agra, Varanasi and Allahabad.
The Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas, the three
upper castes people of the state who have dominated the political and
economic scene over the centuries are in a minority. A major group comprises
of the backward classes, scheduled castes and tribes. The tribal population
is largely concentrated in the hill, terai-bhabhar and Vindhya regions.
The central government has recognised five of the tribal communities,
viz. Tharus, Bhoksas, Bhotias, Jaunswaris and Rajis as scheduled tribes.
Besides the upper class, there are also other Hindu and Muslim communities.
The scheduled castes and scheduled tribes live in rural areas and are
mostly dependent on agriculture, forming the landless labour class.