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 (där′nə, dûr′-) also dhur·na (dûr′nə)
A hunger strike in which an aggrieved person or party sits down and refuses to move from a place associated with the party believed to be the source of the grievance, especially the entrance to a building or the door of a residence.

[Hindi dharnā, from Prakrit dharaṇa, from Sanskrit dharaṇam, act of supporting, stay; see dher- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈdʌnə; ˈdɑː-) or


(Law) (in India) a method of obtaining justice, as the payment of a debt, by sitting, fasting, at the door of the person from whom reparation is sought
[C18: from Hindi, literally: a placing]


or dhur•na

(ˈdʌr nə)

(in India) the traditional practice of demanding redress for an offense or payment of a debt by fasting at the doorstep of the offender or debtor.
[1785–95; < Hindi: placing]
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Peasants, agricultural workers and common people from Rajasthan, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh participated in the dharna called by the Left Parties.
LAHORE -- Railway minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq has said all the matters between government and Mall road Dharna leaders have been settled as per law and constitution.
Dharna which is continuing from the last 13 days is weakness of government and a sign of loss of its writ.
ISLAMABAD -- As a last effort to end Dharna by religious groups at Faizabad Interchange through peaceful dialogues, Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday directed the district administration to delay the operation for the next 24 hours.
While four Metro stations and all roads leading to the Rail Bhawan were closed down, hundreds of P supporters and residents turned up at the Central Secretariat area to participate in the dharna .
New Delhi, Aug 30 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BLP) lawmakers on Tuesday sat on a dharna outside the Parliament complex, protesting against the appointment of R.
ISLAMABAD -- Opposition leader in National Assembly (NA) Khurshid Shah has said dharna has sent a negative message about Pakistan to the world.
If the petitioners want justice from courts then they should call off Dharna immediately," he added.
The stations were opened to public again at 8: 08 pm after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal withdrew his indefinite dharna outside the Rail Bhawan.
The regression happened on Monday, near Parliament House in the Capital's power district, as the Delhi Chief Minister began his dharna for the suspension of three Delhi Police officials for disobeying Law Minister Somnath Bharti's order to arrest some Ugandan and Nigerian nationals last week.
Fata issue was being politicized deliberately and those who were staging Dharna in Islamabad for merger of Fata into KP today have no representation of the tribesmen as many of them are political workers of KP.
COMING out in defence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for sitting on a dharna demanding action against ' erring' police officers, m dmi Party ( P) leader Yogendra Yadav ( inset) said Kejriwal was only acting on his manifesto promise of bringing Delhi Police under the state's control.