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Mahali

Mahali
Total population
100,219 (2011 census)
Regions with significant populations
 India
West Bengal81,594
Odisha18,625

Mahali, Mahle, Mahili are an ethnic group in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. The Mahali are indigenous to the states of Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.[1] They mostly reside in areas of West Bengal and Odisha near the Santhal Pargana division of Jharkhand. Mahali people form a different tribe which is sometimes grouped together with the Munda tribe.[1] They speak the Mahali language, which is considered a dialect of Santali. [2] The language only had around 33,000 speakers in 2007. Mahali Surname is mainly Sahni. They are mainly belong to Bihar.

References

  1. ^ a b "The Constitution (Scheduled tribes) Order, 1950" (PDF). Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India. pp. 180, 182. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
  2. ^ "Orissa's new name is Odisha". The Times Of India. 2011-03-24.