Khunti (खूंटी) is the headquarters of Khunti district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. It is one of the twenty-four (23rd) districts in South Chotanagpur division of the Indian state of Jharkhand. The district of Khunti was carved out of Ranchi district on 12 September 2007. Khunti town is the headquarters of the district. As of 2011, it is the second least populous district of Jharkhand (out of 24), after Lohardaga. The district is currently a part of the Red Corridor(The Red Corridor is a region in the east of India that experiences considerable Naxalite–Maoist insurgency).A village of Khunti district, called Ulihatu, is the birth place of the “Dharti Aaba” of Jharkhand Bhagwan Birsa Munda.
Khunti just like many other places in Jharkhand is well renowned for its secular harmony. Tribal innocence, simplicity and warmth reflect in every facet of the region. It is but a pleasure to travel to places that connive with the nature to make your journey pleasant and memorable. Far removed from too many appendages of modernism, the modest city welcomes every traveler with its gurgling streams, thick wooded forests and serene religious places that add that touch of spiritual bliss.
The concentration of tribal population in proposed Khunti districts is very high. The condition of STs and SCs is not very good and they are still struggling for their basic rights and dignified life. They are excluded from main stream of development paradigm and basic facilities required for dignified life which perpetuate their problems and ultimately their exclusion continued in-spite of many efforts.
Khunti district is mainly dominated by Munda tribes who have being exploited for long and forced to live in isolation. Khunti district is one of the educationally backward district and the major inhabitants are Munda tribes who have been excluded from education system for long, hence the low rate of literacy amongst them.