Dharna meaning

dûrnə
A hunger strike in which an aggrieved person or party sits down and refuses to move from a place associated with the party believed to be the source of the grievance, especially the entrance to a building or the door of a residence.
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In India, a method of seeking justice by sitting at the door of one's debtor or wrongdoer and fasting until justice is obtained.
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A debt collector in India who sits on the doorstep of a debtor until the debt is paid.
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Dharna is defined as a way of seeking justice in India.

An example of dharna is sitting in front of someone's door who borrowed money from you and refuses to pay it back and not eating until they pay what they owe.

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Origin of dharna

  • Hindi dharnā from Prakrit dharaṇa from Sanskrit dharaṇam act of supporting, stay dher- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition