The Punjabi people, also spelt Panjabi people; are an ethnic group which originates from the Punjab region also referred to as the land of five-rivers (Persian: panj-ab; "five waters") or as bread basket of India and Pakistan. Punjabis are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group of North Indian origin; which in modern day constitutes parts of Kashmir, Indian Punjab, Pakistani Punjab, and parts of Rajasthan. Traditionally, Punjabi identity was primarily cultural and linguistic, with Punjabis being those for whom the Punjabi language was their first language. However, in recent times, the definition has been broadened to include emigrants, who maintain Punjabi cultural traditions, even when they no longer speak the language. Punjabis are primarily found in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan, which forms the present Indian state of Punjab and Pakistan province of Punjab.
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