from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fast conducted at the door of an offender, especially a debtor, in India as a means of obtaining compliance with a demand for justice, such as payment of a debt.

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  • n. A debt collector in India who sits on the doorstep of a debtor until the debt is paid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coercive measure resorted to in the East Indies by a creditor, complainant, or claimant, who sits at the door of the debtor, without tasting food, until the debt is paid or the demand is complied with: as, to sit dharna (or in dharna).


Hindi dharnā, from Prakrit dharaṇa, from Sanskrit dharaṇam, act of supporting, stay.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • The high voltage drama of 'dharna' byChandrababu Naidu, former chief minister of Andhra

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  • Saxena, in his application, has questioned the veracity of the medical report, claiming that on the day of her court hearing, she was busy staging a 'dharna' at the collector's office at Nandurbar in Maharashtra.

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  • Saxena, in his application, has qustioned the veracity of the medical report claiming that on the day, she was busy staging a 'dharna' at the collector's office at Nandurbar in Maharashtra.


  • The former Andhra Chief Minister will reach Tirupati on August 7 and lead a 'dharna' (sit-in demonstration) with over 20,000 TDP workers in front of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams

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  • Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq staged a 'dharna' at

    The Times of India

  • Senior police officers visited the spot and assured the protesters that their complaints would be looked into, persuading them to call off their 'dharna', police said.

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  • Demanding to increase the cosmetic charges and release of pending scholarships, large number of students staged a 'dharna' before the Collectorate under the aegis of Akhila

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • HYDERABAD: Legislators of Congress, Telugu Desam, TRS and BJP forming part of Telangana Joint Action Committee staged a 'dharna' in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue on the premises of Assembly here on Tuesday demanding statehood.

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  • Assistant Commissioner of P.lice (Royapettah) P. Vasantha Kumari said that around 10.30 a.m. more than 100 youngsters attempted to stage a 'dharna' on Conran Smith Road following an argument with the ground staff.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • The shopkeepers have supported the Long March but don't like the prospect of doing no business for a week or for the days of strife that will follow the "dharna" if the government does not fall.


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  • dharna - A method of collecting a debt in which the person who is owed
    money sits on the debtors doorstep until payment is made, or the debtor
    starves to death

    February 28, 2009