Bengalis are the third largest ethnic group in the world after Han Chinese and Arabs.
Apart from Bangladesh and West Bengal, Bengali-majority populations also reside in India's Tripura state, the Barak Valley in Assam state, and the union territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
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It was one of the four main kingdoms of India at the time of Buddha and was one of the sixteen Mahajanapadas.
Under the Maurya Empire founded by Chandragupta Maurya, Magadha extended over nearly all of South Asia, including parts of Balochistan and Afghanistan, reaching its greatest extent under the Buddhist emperor Ashoka the Great in the 3rd century BCE.
are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group native to the region of Bengal in South Asia, which is presently-divided between Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal.
They speak the Bengali language, the most easterly branch of the Indo-European language family.