Patidar community mostly consists of landlords and farmers. The word â€œpartidarâ€ means â€œone who owns a strip of landâ€. During the medieval times, rulers of the erstwhile princely states made people from this community tenants of the best and largest tracts of land in their kingdoms. After independence, when tenants got the land ownership rights, the community started owning large parts of agricultural lands.
Patidars have the reputation for taking risks and expanding businesses. Some of these individuals ventured into industry in 1970s and 1980s and grew in the field of business and trade. Many emigrated to the United States, United Kingdom and Africa.