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The inhabitants are Dalits—Untouchables.
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  person outside the class system of Hinduism who was formerly termed as Untouchable
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Dalit Dalits
The word comes from the Sanskrit word dal which means "broken."  The term was willingly assumed by the six million Dalits in India to protest their historically down-trodden condition.  The name was coined by Dr. BR Ambedkar, a Dalit himself and one of the architects of the Indian constitution of 1950.
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  • The inhabitants are Dalits—Untouchables.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Her father, Madhukar Narayane, is a Dalit, too, but he is also a high school graduate with a good job at the telephone company.
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  • The Dalit women were uneasy there in their sandals and faded saris, but they took seats near the front.
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  • Twenty-five families moved away from Kasturba Nagar, but most Dalits had no choice.
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  • And as long as Akku Yadav targeted only the Dalits, the police didn’t interfere.
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  • But in slums with Dalits or low-caste residents, the authorities rarely intervene except to accept cash bribes, and so gangsters sometimes emerge in such places as absolute rulers.
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  • The Dalits were deeply proud of Usha’s schooling and success, and the thought that Akku Yadav would destroy her was agonizing.
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  • Soon there were a hundred angry Dalits on the street, and they began picking up sticks and stones.
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  • The Dalits marched through the slum, celebrating.
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  • She wants the Dalits to start businesses to raise their incomes, so that they can afford more education.
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  • She began a new life as a community organizer, using her management skills to bring the Dalits together to make pickles, clothing, and other products to sell in the markets.
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Dalit [7] , Brahmin [5] , Brahmin [5]
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