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Tili, also spelled Tilli, is Hindu agragrian caste, found in the state of Bihar and West Bengal in India. By the late nineteenth century they were one of the fourteen castes belonging to 'Nabasakh' group in Bengal. [2]


History and origin

The Tili caste belongs to West Bengal and Bihar. Tilis speak in Angika and Bengali. Tilis are now found mainly in Bhagalpur and Banka District of Bihar, and also in Bankura, Hooghly and Midnapore districts of West Bengal. [3]

Social status

Tilis and Tambulis (betel nut growers) were included in the list of 177 "backward classes" for the state of West Bengal by Mandal Commission, but the state government has not yet recognised them as such, and they still belong to General category. [4] [5]

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