(son of God
) was a term coined by Gandhi
, which is now considered patronizing. The term can also be attributed to Dalits of Pakistan
called the haris
, who are a group of mud-hut builders. Neo-Buddhist Dalits try to make 'Harijan' appear as a disgrace to all Dalits as it comes from a Hindu name. This term had already been used, in a different form, by the medieval philosopher Ramanuja
who uplifted many backward caste peoples: as Thirukulattar
, or People of Holy Clan
. The term Harijan is considered a bad and weak word by many of the 'lower' caste people of India, as the name implies that the section is weak and should be taken care of. They prefer the word 'Dalit' (meaning Oppressed) instead of harijan. Recently there was a Dalit conference in Kerala which demanded the use of 'harijan' to be banned in media and political circles.
was also several weekly newspapers published by Mahatma Gandhi
. He created three publications, Harijan
in English, Harijan Bandu
and Harijan Sevak
. These newspapers found the Mahatma concentrating on social and economic problems.