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The Pulindas were an ancient tribe of India, likely resident in the environs of the Vindhya Range of Central India. The Rock Edicts of Ashoka mention the Pulindas, their capital Pulinda-nagara, and their neighboring tribes, based on which their capital is sometimes located in present-day Jabalpur District of Madhya Pradesh state. Basak identifies them with the hill tribes of the Vindhya and Satpura ranges, more specifically the Bhils. Though debated, it has been hypothesized that Pulinda may have been the word from which modern-day Bundelkhand derives its name. At the time of Alexander the great and the empire of the Maurya king Chandragupta, the word Pulindas was also sometimes used as a name for the Greeks in general.


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