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Spoken in Maharashtra
Total speakers 15,000 (2003)
Language family Indo-European
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2
ISO 639-3 nlx

Kalto or Nahali is an Indo-Aryan language of India. It is not to be confused with the isolate Nihali language.

The Kalto tribal area is just south of the Tapti River, around the village of Tembi in Nimar district of Central Provinces during British Raj, now in Madhya Pradesh.

In Victorian times the Kalto (then known disparagingly as "Nahals" or "Nihals") were among the most notorious of the wild jungle tribes that lived by plunder. Just after 1800 an Arab princeling of the Moghul empire led a punitive expedition against them that destroyed their tribal independence.



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