The Majhi caste is an indigenous ethnic group with a unique language, religion, culture and traditions. This people group lives in the tributaries of the Saptarkoshi and in the hinterland of the central and eastern regions. Sahani, Godi, Malaha, Tharu, Dushad, Halkhor, Dum, Hadi, Musahar, Bote and some Kshatriyas of western Nepal, Rayamajhi also wrote Majhi, so the identity of the Majhi caste is in crisis. According to the census of 2008 BS, the population of Majhi caste is 83,727.
Linguists have classified the Majhi language into the Bharopeli language family. According to the 2008 census, there are 24,422 speakers of the Majhi language. Even in non-speaking Majhi villages, Majhi words are used as somewhat. The encroachment of other languages has led to the extinction of Majhi. Apart from the National Foundation for the Upliftment of Indigenous Peoples, no initiative has been taken for its protection. The Majhi caste could be more active in this regard. This language is limited to spoken use.
Majhi is spoken especially in Tamakoshi, Sunkoshi and Dudhkoshi Gadtir. There are some regional dialects of this language, and some variations in each district and village. For example, the Nepali word ' khanu ' is pronounced in Tamakoshi as 'kha', or 'khai' and in Sunkoshi and Dudhkoshi as 'khara' (Says). Of these, the main language is yet to be studied. The language of Dudhkoshi and Tamakoshi should be more similar depending on the distance, but Dudhkoshi and Sunkoshi are more similar. Apart from these three areas, the language is also widely spoken elsewhere. The following objectives of this dictionary are to collect scattered verbal words, to provide written form, to standardize the language of the most widely used indigenous language, to assist in the study of the Majhi language, and to arrange the meaning of words.
(A) Even the language-speaking fisherfolk community has abandoned their mother tongue and started speaking other languages. There are many who do not know how to speak the language. This dictionary has been created to enable them to speak and read in their mother tongue by informing them about the importance of Majhi language.
(B) Despite the government's policy of teaching in mother tongue in schools, this dictionary has been created to lay the foundation of the language as there is no need to teach in the Majhi language till now and other Majhi language lovers and users need to use and write Majhi language words.
(C) As the interest of Majhi community, linguists and linguists in Majhi language has increased, the aim of this dictionary is to help in the study of the Majhi language.
(D) It also wants to give direction as no dictionary has been published in the standard writing of Majhi language so far.
- धन बहादुर माझी
-Dhan Bahadur Majhi