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 (kə-shăt′rē-ə, -chăt′-)
A member of the second highest of the four castes of traditional Indian society, responsible for upholding justice and social harmony, and including people in governing and military positions.
Of or relating to the caste of Kshatriyas.

[Sanskrit kṣatriyaḥ, from kṣatram, rule, power.]
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(Hinduism) a member of the second of the four main Hindu castes, the warrior caste
[C18: from Sanskrit, from kshatra rule]
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(ˈkʃæ tri ə)

n., pl. -yas.
a member of the Hindu royal and warrior class above the Vaisyas and below the Brahmans. Compare Shudra.
[1775–85; < Skt kṣatriya]
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Noun1.Kshatriya - a member of the royal or warrior Hindu caste
Hindoo, Hindu, Hindustani - a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India
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There are four social classes in India: 'Brahmins (priestly people), the Kshatriyas (also called Rajanyas, who were rulers, administrators and warriors), theVaishyas (artisans, merchants, tradesmen and farmers), and Shudras (labouring classes).' Besides, this secular state has over 300 million Dalit population (untouchables), 'a class of Indians who are not just considered lower caste, but technically outcaste.' In a secular and democratic India, the Dalit population is being abused by everyone in all aspects of their lives.
Among the upper castes Kshatriyas and Vaishyas got one berth each, the same as the Muslim minority.
He is presented as having rid the world of all Kshatriyas twenty-one times over, and offered aswamedha sacrifice.
"He said that people of Dalit community cannot ride horses, only Kshatriyas can ride horses.
Additionally, the Council includes five Other Backward Class (OBCs), three Scheduled Tribes (ST), three Kshatriyas and one Scheduled Caste (SC).
Kohlis are Khatris, Kshatriyas who have adopted trading as a profession, the original Kshatriya, being displaced by the Rajputs.
The three terms are popularly used as community greetings of the Kshatriyas, Patels and Dalits respectively.
People from all communities--Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Jat Sikhs and the Dalits-worshiped at the temple in the traditional style, took rounds of the holy fire and recited hymns in praise of Lord Shiva.
Joshi said: " To violate Hindu swabhiman ( dignity) of Chanwarvanshiya Kshatriyas, foreign invaders from Arab, Muslim rulers and beef- eaters, forced them to do abominable works like killing cows, skinning them and throwing their carcasses in deserted places.
Mahapadma Nanda has been described in the Purina's as the destroyer of all the Kshatriyas (Sarvakshatrantaka), and as a second Parsurama or Bhargava.
The Dharmasutras primarily dealt with the "life and activities of individuals belonging to the three upper classes"--the Brahmins, the Kshatriyas, and the Vaishyas--but much more closely with that of the Brahmins.