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Shu•dra

or Su•dra

(ˈʃu drə, ˈsu-)

n., pl. -dras.
a Hindu of the lowest caste, that of the workers.
Compare Brahman (def. 1), Kshatriya, Vaisya.
[< Skt śūdra]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Shudra - a member of the lowest or worker Hindu caste
shudra, sudra - the lowest of the four varnas: the servants and workers of low status
Hindoo, Hindu, Hindustani - a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India
2.shudra - the lowest of the four varnas: the servants and workers of low status
varna - (Hinduism) the name for the original social division of Vedic people into four groups (which are subdivided into thousands of jatis)
Shudra, Sudra - a member of the lowest or worker Hindu caste
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It will have to be a coalition of Dalits, adivasis, shudras, Muslims and other minorities.
Se fortalece la division social o varna (VRxolor); primero, los brahmanes o sacerdotes, quienes tenian el dominio del sanscrito y de los himnos religiosos, luego los ksatriyas: los guerreros, los vaishyas: ganaderos primero, luego agricultores y comerciantes, por ultimo se unen los pueblos conquistados o shudras.
According to Bhaiyyaji Joshi, who sits pretty at the No 2 slot in the RSS hierarchy, shudras were never untouchables in Hindu scriptures.
The Brahmin Chanakya, author of Arthashastra, declared that, "When a person entertains in a dinner dedicated to gods and ancestors those who are Sakyas (Buddhists), Ajivikas, Shudras and exiled persons, a fine of one hundred panas shall be imposed on him.
24)", and one can therefore read this to mean that he expects shudras to use slander and be mendacious.
The Brhadaranyaka Upanishad states that God created the Brahmanas from his face; the Kshatriyas from his arms; the Vaishyas from his thighs; and, the Shudras from his feet.
But is India ready to accept judicial intervention in a dispute that once united India's deeply divided Hindu castes -- Brahmins (priests and scholars), Kshatriyas (warriors), Vaishyas (traders) and shudras (the untouchables) -- and pitted them against the minority Muslims?
198) observes, "The author of the Arthashastra emerges as something of a champion of the shudras, espousing their rights as freeborn citizens, and going so far as to suggest that the sons of slaves should enjoy the status of Aryans.
According to the vama system that designates social standing, Hindus descended from four distinct groups: Brahmins (priests), Kshatriyas (warriors), Vaishyas (artisans), and Shudras (laborers).
El hinduismo cree que los brahmanes --sacerdotes y maestros-- provienen de la boca del ser divino; los chatrias --gobernantes y soldados--, de los brazos; los vais-yas --mercaderes y comerciantes--, de los muslos; y los shudras --trabajadores--, de los pies.
One of the most effective attacks launched against the Vaishnava sectarian leadership threatened them with expulsion from the community of brahmanas because of the presence of shudras in the spiritual lineages of their orders, teachings suggesting that brahmanical rituals were not necessary for salvation, or behavior patterns that eroded the ritual and personal exclusivity of brahmanas.
Killing of Shambuk by Lord Ram since he was doing penance, which was forbidden to the Shudras, is again a Brahmanical ploy to retain social hegemony.