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Dalits/Ex-Untouchables
(6,368 words)

“Dalit” today is the most widely used term in the English language and in scholarly circles for the South Asian subpopulation of former unfree agrarian servants, members of India’s lowest castes­ whose very touch was widely regarded to be polluting by those who consider t…

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Viswanath, Rupa, “Dalits/Ex-Untouchables”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 20 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000009>
First published online: 2018



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