Bhojpuri - a dialect of Hindi
Regional Spread :
In India Bhojpuris are mainly present in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. Outside India, Bhojpuris are spread in Mauritius, Nepal, Fiji, Surinam, Guyana, Trinidad, Singapore and United States.
Food Habits :
Mostly vegetarian, though many also consume non-vegetarian food.
Marriage Preference :
Prefer intra-caste marriage with Bhojpuri people.
Bhojpuri People :
- Social Work / Politics : Jaiprakash Narain, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Chandrasekhar, VP Singh, Laloo Yadav, Sucheta Kripalani, Rajnath Singh, Bindeshwari Pathak (Sulabh International Sanitation Technology)
- Films : Amitabh Bachhan, Shatrughan Sinha, Shabana Azmi, Shekhar Suman, Manoj Bajpayee, Kaifi Azmi, Shailendra, Anand Milind, Majrooh Sultanpuri
- Literature/Art/Music : Kabirdas, Tulsidas, VS Naipaul, Premchand, Firaq Gorkhapur, Kamta Prasad, Mahaveer Prasad Dwiwedi, Rahul Sanskrityayan, Kaifi Azmi, Bismillah Khan, Pt Ravi Shankar
Bhojpuris are characterized by their love for the mother land, their straightforwardness, simplicity and spiritual lifestyle. They are normally content with what they have and are hard working people. They are the mainstay of Indian construction/real estate industry. They are the elite and main ruling class in Fiji, Surinam, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and they are king makers in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Almost 75% of the ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar come from this region.
Bhojpur District :
Bhojpur District is one of the 37 districts of Bihar. Arrah town is the administrative headquarters of this district. The district is a part of Patna division. This area is known for its rich Bhojpuri language. Bhojpur district played a major role in India's struggle for independence.
Bhojpuri people started settling down in different part of the world as early as late 18th century for the their livelihood as farm laborer in Oceania, Africa, Latin America and in Caribbean islands under Imperial Power of Europe. Of late many software professionals, doctors, technicians, skilled, semi-skilled workers, from Bhojpur are going abroad to USA, Canada, UK, France, Holland, Australia, Singapore, Japan etc. for better opportunity, as there are no large scale industries in this areas to provide employment opportunities.