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“Dalit” today is the most widely used term in the English language and in scholarly circles for the South Asian subpopulation of former unfree agrarian servants, members of India’s lowest castes­ whose very touch was widely regarded to be polluting by those who consi…

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Rupa Viswanath, “Dalits/Ex-Untouchables”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000009>
First published online: 2012

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