The Bhilala are an aboriginal community in the Indian states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, traditionally believed to have originated from the marital union of Rajput warriors and the daughters of Bhil chieftains. They are classified as a Scheduled Tribe in India's system of positive discrimination.
Systematic anthropological research of Bhilala communities began in the 1960s with a study of two of their regional subgroups, the Rathwa Bhilala and Barela Bhilala. although they had been recorded as early as 1832. In that year, John Malcolm used the term Bhilala to describe people of Bhil-Rajput descent and his usage has persisted, although in 1908 Michael Kennedy, another colonial administrator, preferred a more refined classification of such people as being any one of Baria, Dangi, Parmar and Rathod. The co-mingling probably has its origins in the medieval period when Rajputs fleeing southwards from the Muslim invasion of India took control of Bhil settlements and took Bhil women as their wives or concubines.
- Aurora, G. S. (1972). Tribe-Caste-Class Encounters: Some Aspects of Folk-Urban Relations in Alirajpur Tehsil. Administrative Staff College of India.
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