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  • n. Plural form of outcaste.


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  • Dalits used to be called outcastes, so they aren't even lower caste, but without caste.

    Discover Blogs

  • Rome (AsiaNews) - Father Augusto Colombo, one of the most representative figures of the Indian Church in the defence and promotion of "outcastes" (untouchables or Dalit), died in India.

    Gates of Vienna

  • The plight of the Dalits, those whom the Hindu caste system considers outcastes and hence Untouchables, was a rallying cry of Hindu reformers and Indian leftists for half a century.

    The Untouchable Case for Indian Capitalism

  • Hundreds of acres in downtown Lucknow are dedicated to Mayawati's credo: "Political leaders from the outcastes can be just as grandiose as those from the traditional elite."

    Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy: The Ecstasy and Agony of India -- From the Political to the Tribal

  • The book shattered longstanding Western assumptions about cultural homogeneity in the island nation, by exposing a public secret in Japan, namely that a cultural minority, the Burakumin, whose official status as outcastes was abolished at the end of the 19th century, still suffered from discrimination and disparagement until the end of the 20th century.

    Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco : The Fox

  • Farmers and merchants, outcastes (leather workers, for ex.) and other workers in questionable trades (such as prostitutes) took to heart the message that the Buddhist path was open to them as well and not only some remote monastic ideal few could live up to.

    Printing: Boors versus Buddhists

  • The closest Indian analogy to the position of black Americans is that of the Dalits - formerly called "Untouchables," the outcastes who for millennia suffered humiliating discrimination and oppression.

    Shashi Tharoor: An Obama Moment for India's Untouchables

  • Both politics and caste relations have witnessed convulsive changes: who could have imagined -- for 3,000 years -- that a woman from the 'untouchable' community of outcastes (now called 'Dalits') would rule India's largest state, Uttar Pradesh, as Kumari Mayawati now does with a secure majority?

    Shashi Tharoor: Indian Strategic Power: Soft

  • DEV KULI VILLAGE, India -- This country's path out of the global economic turmoil may start here, among a community of outcastes who dine on rats.

    India Defies Slump, Powered by Growth in Poor Rural States

  • A well-known use of his ideas was made by Jack London in The Sea Wolf, the depiction of a 'superman' who ran a ship manned by criminals and outcastes.

    The Passing of Willard Van Orman Quine


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