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n. pl. Harijan or Har·i·jans
A Dalit.

[Sanskrit harijanaḥ, person of Hari, child of God (coined as a euphemism for Untouchable by Mohandas K. Gandhi in 1931) : Hariḥ, Hari, a name for Vishnu; see Hare Krishna + janaḥ, person, child; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Sociology) a member of certain classes in India, formerly considered inferior and untouchable. See scheduled castes
[Hindi, literally: man of God (so called by Mahatma Gandhi), from Hari god + jan man]
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Noun1.Harijan - belongs to lowest social and ritual class in India
castaway, outcast, pariah, Ishmael - a person who is rejected (from society or home)
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The incident was reported from Udayapur Village in Tentulikhunti block of Nabarangpur, when the woman identified as Gangei Harijan, chopped off her husband, Sadashiv Harijan's genitals while he was asleep.
Distinguished fellow of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, President of Avijan Minto Kumar Mandal, members of civil society, leaders and activists of different dalit and harijan platforms, among others, addressed the discussion with Executive Director of Avijan Banani Biswas in the chair.
Khanji Harijan in its research group to carry out research on "Integrated low carbon energy: Solution for remote rural areas".
Kodai Harijan confessed to police that he had slaughtered Jivan, who was the son of his friend Shiv Sharan Kohar, to chase evil spirits from the body of his own 18-year-old son after he became ill.
No society can possibly be built on a denial of individual freedom (Harijan, 1942).
Police said the African national, identified as Harijan Ozama, 33, is a student of NIIT Delhi.
Dubai Harijan Gopalram was sent behind bars within minutes of his setting foot in Dubai four years ago.
The village, with a total population of 1166 residents, is geographically divided into two parts, the 'Main village' where 41 per cent of the residents lived, and an area demarcated for the lower caste called the 'Harijan colony' for 59 per cent of the residents.
He further stated that the 'Dalit' community had objections with the word 'Harijan', which was coined by Mahatma Gandhi, but the word was not banned.
Sherif distributed stipend, educational kits, sewing machines, old age allowance, deserted wife's allowance, deprived disabled allowance and allowance for bede and harijan under social safety net programme of 2017-18.