[alsoH-] in India, an untouchable or, later, a member of the Scheduled Castes
Origin of harijanSanskrit harijana, person devoted to the god Vishnu from Hari, Vishnu + jana, person
nounpl. Harijan, or Har·i·jans
Origin of HarijanSanskrit harijanah person of Hari, child of God (coined as a euphemism for Untouchable by Mohandas K. Gandhi in 1931) Harih Hari, a name for Vishnu ; see Hare Krishna . janah person, child ; see genə- in Indo-European roots.