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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.]


(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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Tenders are invited for Construction of RCC drain near Gundmi Dodmane Lakshmi Harijan~s house and Prema Harijans house, Construction Of Concrete Pavement to road to opposite Shanthi nilaya near Narayana Harijan in the limits of Saligrama Town Panchayath.
Chapter 5 concerns Gandhi's attempt to persuade India that sweeping was the highest profession, and his failure to see that the Harijans ("children of God"), as he called untouchables, needed emancipation, not just a better image.
However, this was not to be and the various state initiatives did not have any appreciable impact on the economic well-being of the Harijans and 'the mountain people'.