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Yadav refers to a grouping of traditionally mainly non-elite castes in India and a little in Nepal that since the 19th and 20th centuries has claimed descent from the mythological King Yadu as a part of a movement of social and political resurgence. The term 'Yadav' covers many castes which initially had different names: Ahir in the Hindi belt, Punjab and Gujarat, Gavli in Maharashtra, Gola in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka etc. Their traditional common function, all over India, was that of herdsmen, cowherds and milk sellers. The Yadavs mostly live in Northern India, and particularly in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. By the end of the nineteenth century, some Yadavs had become successful cattle traders and others had been awarded government contracts to care for cattle.  It was Rao Bahadur Balbir Singh, a descendant of the last Abhira dynasty to be formed in India, who established the Ahir Yadav Kshatriya Mahasabha (AYKM) in 1910, which at once asserted that its Ahir constituents were of Kshatriya ritual rank in the varna system, descended from Yadu (as was Krishna), and really known as Yadavs. The All-India Yadav Mahasabha (AIYM) was founded at Allahabad in 1924 by a meeting of disparate local groups from Bihar, Punjab and what is now Uttar Pradesh. The Yadav are included in the category Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the Indian statesof Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.