Harijan

Harijan

[har-i-jan]
noun, plural Harijans (especially collectively) Harijan. (often lowercase) Hinduism.
1.
untouchable ( def 5 ).
2.
a member of the group formerly known as untouchables in India: a term used by Mohandas K. Gandhi.

Origin:
1930–35; < Neo-Sanskrit harijana person of Hari (a name for Vishnu), hence, in Gandhi's conception, a child of God

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Harijan (ˈhʌrɪdʒən)
 
n
See scheduled castes a member of certain classes in India, formerly considered inferior and untouchable
 
[Hindi, literally: man of God (so called by Mahatma Gandhi), from Hari god + jan man]

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