“ஹரிஜன்” “அரிஜன்” எது சரி ?

WHY NOT `ARYA’?
A friend writes:

HarijanPerhaps the correspondent does not know about the origin of the term ‘Harijan’. I must ask him to go through the first number (Why Harijan”, 23-2-1933) of Harijan Sevak and see how the term originated. The term ‘Harijan’ was suggested by a friend who is a Harijan himself and I accepted it. The term has not been coined with a view to perpetuating the separate identity of Harijans. They have a separate identity today and a separate label to describe them. The term ‘untouchable’ savours of contempt. We wish to eradicate untouchability and it is not right to go on using the term ‘untouchable’. But in so far as untouchables have a distinct identity we must have a name by which to call them. Having accepted the necessity for such a name, what name to choose? In my view we can find no better name than ‘Harijan’. ‘Arya’ will not do because it is the name of a sect. A general name ‘Hindu’ is already there. The pity is that today a separate identity of the so-called untouchables is necessary. In Government offices they have a separate list. Everywhere they are kept separate. Let us pray that this separateness may be done away with so that all of us may become fit to be called ‘Harijans’— men of God. A friend rightly said that today caste Hindus have become ‘Arijans’—enemies of Hinduism.
Harijan Sevak, 28-4-1933

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