The Kurmis are a Hindu agricultural community in India and Nepal.
The group has been associated with the Kunbi, though scholars differ as to whether the terms are synonymous. In 2006, the Indian government announced that Kurmi was considered synonymous with the Kunbi and Yellam castes in Maharashtra. There are differences of opinion regarding the group's classification in the traditional varna system.
There are several theories regarding the etymology of the term Kurmi. It may be derived from an Indian tribal language, or may be a Sanskrit compound term krishi karmi, "agriculturalist.
Another theory holds that it was derived from kṛṣmi, meaning "ploughman".
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