harijan harijan

Definition(s):

  • (n) belongs to lowest social and ritual class in India

Usage(s):

  1. As a harijan, Ram may never have a real chance to become India's Prime Minister; his age may also be a handicap.
  2. Since Jagjivan Ram is a harijan, the Janata Party's leaders have already started to say that an Untouchable was deliberately prevented from becoming Prime Minister.

Quotes

  1. Akbar wrote that, "On June 8, 1940, Gandhi said in The Harijan that, 'Quaid-e-Azam himself was a great Congressman. It was only after the non-cooperation movement that he, like many other Congressmen belonging to several communities, left. Their...
    on Aug 18, 2009 By: MJ Akbar Source: Rediff

  2. "It is as insulting as the word `Harijan'. We opposed being called `Harijan' because the word is used to refer to illegitimate children in south India. The proper word is `scheduled caste'," Paswan said while addressing a meeting of Dalit...
    on Aug 4, 2009 By: Ram Vilas Paswan Source: Times of India

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