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A member of the lowest of the four major castes of traditional Indian society, comprising artisans, laborers, and menials.
Of or relating to the caste of Sudras.

[Sanskrit śūdraḥ.]


(Hinduism) the lowest of the four main Hindu castes, the workers
[C17: from Sanskrit]


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.Sudra - 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.sudra - 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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We are working in close partnership with SUDRA and ECSSS to develop and refine the response plan, and to engage our Anglican peers in supporting these critical efforts.
The four distinct Varnas or castes that are mutually exclusive, hereditary, endogamous, and occupation-specific are the Brahmins (priests), Kshatriyas (warriors), Vaisyas (traders & merchants), and Sudras (those engaged in menial jobs).
Mr Sudra, 21, managed to stagger from the scene of the stabbing, on Marsh Lane, in Erdington, to his home 300 yards away, where he was found by his mother on the doorstep.
These include Kancha Ilaiah's Why I Am Not a Hindu: A Sudra Critique of Hindutva Philosophy, Culture, and Political Economy (1996; 2d ed.
One of his current employees, Sinita Sudra, did work experience when she was 15.
For example in the village Ram Nagara Panchayat of block Puranpur of district Pilibhit, 16 villages were predominated with Nab Sudra (Scheduled Castes) Bangladeshi migrant rehabilitated during 1967.
In a different area of south India, an anklet worn specifically by Sudra women uses regional vegetation--the velengkay bean--as a fertility symbol.
They are appropriately dressed and carry the right tools of their occupations to match the description of the intertitles which name them as 'The Brahmin Devotee', 'The Kshatriya Devotee,' 'The Vaisya Devotee' and 'The Sudra Devotee'.
However, the bulk of the arable land was evidently held as state domain (crown land) and by agriculturalists (karsaka, farmers) of the lowest Sudra class.
We note here that although traditional Brahminic Hinduism has four broad castes: Brahmin priests, Kshatriya warriors, Vaisya merchants, and Sudra workers and farmers, the more detailed reality is a much finer gradation of many specific castes who constitute the elements of the specific jajmani economies in specific local areas of India.
Gooptu attributes participation of the poor in this movement to sudra attempts to counter caste exclusion, but why did other sudra groups turn not to Hinduism but to Congress socialism and communism?