Bhili-speaking regions of India
The Bhil languages are a group of Indo-Aryan languages spoken in 2011 by around 10.4 million Bhils in western and central India. They constitute the primary languages of the southern Aravalli Range in Rajasthan and the western Satpura Range in Madhya Pradesh, northwestern Maharashtra, and southern Gujarat. According to the 52nd report of the commissioner for linguistic minorities in India, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Bhili is the most commonly spoken language of the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli constituting 40.42% of its total population. Bhili speakers are also significant in the states of Gujarat (4.75%), Madhya Pradesh (4.93%) and Rajasthan (4.60%).
The group comprises the following languages:
- Northern Bhil
- Central Bhil
- Eastern Bhil (Bareli)
Kalto, AKA Nahali, is another Bhil language.
The Vasavi language is spoken by ethnic Bhils, but is closer to Gujarati.
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