Showing posts with label Harijan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Harijan. Show all posts

Hinduism - Who Are The Harijan?

 ("God's child") Mohandas Gandhi (1869–1948) used the term "Harijan" to describe the social groups historically known as "untouchables." 

Gandhi's belief that these individuals were human beings like everyone else, and so children of God, was reflected in the name.

Unfortunately, in contemporary India, the term harijan may also have a negative connotation.

It's a euphemism for "bastard," and it's used for any kid whose father is unknown and whose paternity is assigned to God.

In current times, the individuals Gandhi referred to as Harijans prefer the term dalit ("oppressed") since they believe it better appropriately depicts their socioeconomic situation. 

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