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In Sanskrit, "child of Hari [Vishnu]." This was a title Gandhi coined for the untouchables. He published a weekly newspaper with this title. Here are some of his own thoughts on the situation of the Harijans, from None High: None Low, a collection of his writings made, with his approval, by Anand T. Hingorani.

Professor Anu Rao discusses the historical and political nuances in the terms Depressed Class, Harijan, Dalit and other terms used to describe untouchables.

Professor Anu Rao describes the political and historical context of the term Harijan.

Professor Dennis Dalton explains Gandhi's preference for the term Harijan to describe untouchables.