|Regions with significant populations|
|Nepal||±35% total population, Total population Around 8500000 (2011)|
|Maithali, Bhojpuri, Urdu, Awadhi, Hindi,Tharu, Bajjika, Nepali, Rana-Tharu, Rajbanshi Magahi etc.|
|Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam|
|Related ethnic groups|
The Madheshi (Madhesī, Devnagri: मधेशी) are Nepali people inhabitants of Terai of Nepal geographically a southern strip of the country stretching from Southeast to Northwest boarding Indian territory to the south east and west. Madhesi is a collection of different communities, and madhesi people doesn't represent a single ethinicity. The term Madhesh implies to the Gangetic plain and the Inner valley between Siwalik and the higher Mountain. The Terai region, which is mostly a flatland, is geographically and culturally distinct from the hills. According to the population census in 2011, it occupies 17 per cent of total area and 51per cent of the total population of Nepal.
Area and population
The total land area of Terai is less than 34,109 km2 and it comprise 20 Districts which accounts for 23.1% of the country's total area but it includes Inner Terai regions and Sivalik Hills also. In 2001, 48.4% of the country's total population of 23.2 million lived in Terai districts with a density of 329 persons/km2. While in 2011 more than 50% of the total population was reported to be living in Terai plain and Bhitri (inner) Madhesh together cover 20%-25% of the country's total area.
The word madhesi or madheshi is the adjectival form of madhesh, which usually refers to the Terai region. Madhesh (मधेश) derives from the Sanskrit words Madhya Desh (मध्य देश), meaning "middle country."
While the majority of Madhesis are caste-observant Hindus, there is great cultural and religious diversity in the Madhesh. Two closely synchronized religious groups – Hindus -and Buddhists – live there. The social structure of Madhesi caste Hindus is somewhat similar to that of Terai immgrants Pahadi Hindus from hills of Nepal.
Maithili and Tharu is the mother languages of Maithili and Tharu people respectively. Maithili is the most spoken language of Madhesi people at around 53% of them. At around 12% of the total Nepali people are Maithili speakers. most Other Significant mother tongue languages includes Bhojpuri, Nepali, Awadhi, Urdu and Bajika and although lingua franca language of Nepali people is Nepali language, in Terai particularly and among Madhesi people, it is Maithali, which is official language of Terai. Urdu and Hindi was a lingua franca before monarchy in Nepal.
The following are notable people of Madhesi ethnicity.
- Buddha (Light of Asia and founder of Buddhism)
- King Janak (King of Videha ruling from Capital city of Janakpur in Nepal)
- Sita (Nepali Princess of Madhesi ethnicity, also a wife of Indian Prince Rama)
- Durgananda Jha (Social Activist)
- Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar (Nepalese politician)
- Dr. Ram Baran Yadav (The first President of Nepal) was born in Dhanusa District of Mithila region in Nepal. He is the current President of Nepal. He was elected in July 2008 and is the country's first President. He previously served as Minister of Health and as General Secretary of the Nepali Congress party.
- Udit Narayan was born in Saptari District is a Nepali playback singer in commercial Nepali language, Maithili, Kannada, Hindii, Urdu, Bhojpuri, Garhwali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Oriya, Assamese, and Bengali language cinema. Narayan has sung in 32 different languages. He has won three National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards. In 2001, he was awarded the Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu by the late King of Nepal 'Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev' and declared the King of Melody.
- Upendra Yadav : (Nepalese Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum Nepal's politician)
- Parmananda Jha : First Vice president of Nepal
- Ram Raja Prasad Singh : Nepalese politician
- Anil Mandal : Nepalese cricketer
- Mehboob Alam : Nepalese cricketer
- Gajendra Narayan Singh : Nepalese politician. He founded the Nepal Sadbhawana Party (NSP) in 1985
- Rajendra Mahato : Nepalese politician of Nepal Sadbhavana Party
- Baban Singh : Nepalese member of parliament and politician
- C. K. Raut : former US-based computer scientist, author and social activist from Saptari district, Nepal
- Salma Khatoon Mikrani was a Constitution Assembly Member repersanted Madheshi Jana Adhikar Forum
- "Madhesi are 38% of total population - Nepal Census Bureau of Statistics, 2001 A.D".
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- Shrestha, Manesh (2008-03-19). "Three Nepali Madhesi killed in pre-election violence in Nepal". CNN online. Retrieved 2011-05-07.
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- "Religion and Society". Nepal: A country study (Savada, Andrea Matles, ed.). Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress of the USA (1991). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
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- Madhesi are the indigenous Nepali people of Terai
- Buddha who was born in Madhesh of Nepal becames the light of Asia
- Nepali King of Madhesi ethnicity
- Nepali Princess of Madhesi ethnicity
- Madhesi social activist
- Gachhedar a Madhesi politician
- Ram Baran Yadav
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