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Harijan

[har-i-jan] /ˈhær ɪˌdʒæn/
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
1930-1935
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/
noun
1.
a member of certain classes in India, formerly considered inferior and untouchable See scheduled castes
Word Origin
Hindi, literally: man of God (so called by Mahatma Gandhi), from Hari god + jan man
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