Marginalized communities in the south Asian caste system

Dalit, meaning "broken/scattered" in Sanskrit and Hindi, is a term mostly used for the ethnic groups in India and Nepal that have been kept depressed. Dalits were excluded from the four-fold varna system of Hinduism and were seen as forming a fifth varna, also known by the name of Panchama. Dalits now profess various religious beliefs, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity and various folk religions. The 2011 Census of India recorded their numbers at over 200 million people, representing 16 percent of India's population.

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BJP's manifesto for the Haryana assembly elections promises collateral-free loans of up to Rs 3 lakh to Dalits, similar interest-free credit to marginal and..
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