Meaning of HARIJAN in English

/har"i jan'/ , n. , pl. Harijans , ( esp. collectively ) Harijan . ( often l.c. ) Hinduism.

1. untouchable (def. 5).

2. a member of the group formerly known as untouchables in India: a term used by Mohandas K. Gandhi.

[ 1930-35; harijana person of Hari (a name for Vishnu), hence, in Gandhi's conception, a child of God ]

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