The word “Dalit” may be derived from Sanskrit and means “ground”, “suppressed”, “Crushed” or “broken to pieces”. The word was perhaps first used by Jyotirao Phule in the 19th century, in the context of the oppression faced by the erstwhile “untouchable” castes of the twice-born Hindus.
People often misinterpret Dalit as a caste. It is important to note that Dalit is not a caste but a category. It is a designation for a group of people traditionally regarded as untouchable. They consist of various social groups, castes and [...]