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  • n. Plural form of untouchable.


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  • I tried to speak, one day, to a sweet little girl who was working in the palace gardens; somebody came and told me to keep away from her; she was one of what they called the untouchables.

    Chaplin’s Girl

  • The Dalits - meaning the oppressed, who were formerly known as the untouchables - constituted more than 160-million of the

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • * When Cameron said that Lansley and Osborne would definitely be health secretary and Chancellor respectively - in a bid to show how he doesn't chop and change - Ben Brogan dubbed them "untouchables" - a label which was widely picked up, to the fury of the Cameroons.

    Can Cameron afford Lansley?

  • According to a 2006 government-commissioned report, Muslims are almost as badly off as dalits, Hinduism's former "untouchables" -- a finding made tragic by the dashed hopes it represents: many Indian Muslims once converted from Hinduism to escape that reviled low-caste status. | All Feeds

  • Her multitude of followers see her as an icon, not least because she is a Dalit - the term used for society's bottom rung, formerly called "untouchables" - who rose from humble beginnings to become extremely rich and powerful.

    NPR Topics: News

  • As the sun began to set on the chilly Sunday evening, the group - half Penn students, half Dalits, or India's "untouchables" - carried flowers and refreshments.

    The Daily Pennsylvanian

  • Pathak's passion for decades has been to eradicate Hindu discrimination against so-called "untouchables" like these women.

    Sanitation Pioneer Offers India's 'Untouchable' Women New Lease on Life

  • Soon after it gained independence, modern India outlawed discrimination against so-called "untouchables," the lowest of social classifications outlined in Hindu scripture.

    Sanitation Pioneer Offers India's 'Untouchable' Women New Lease on Life

  • Even though the lowest social group, the Dalits—once known as "untouchables"—has produced some successful businesspeople, it still lags well behind higher classes who have twice the median household income, a recent survey shows.

    For India's Lowest Castes, Path Forward Is 'Backward'

  • Apart from mainstream Indian's battle with graft, the desperate suicides of more than a hundred-and-fifty-thousand farmers unable to shake off choking debt, ongoing discrimination issues with scheduled castes Dalits or so called untouchables and scheduled tribes, and pressing issues of women's rights are all linked in one way or another to corruption.

    Rio Helmi: Anna Hazare: Savior or Destroyer of Democracy?


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