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Delhi’s Dalit areas will shun ‘Harijan’ tag

venkatesh April 06, 2019

Rishabh, 22, a resident of Harijan Basti, a Dalit-dominated slum cluster in West Delhi’s Vikaspuri area, prefers not to write his surname. “But, it does feel awkward when I have to write my address in a college form,” he said, expressing his discomfort with the name of the place where he lives.

Harijan Basti is a generic term that thousands of Dalit-dominated localities across India still use though many Dalits now condemn the word, made popular by Mahatma Gandhi, that was termed “abusive” by the Supreme Court in 2017.

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