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dharna

or dhur·na

[dahr-nuh, duhr- or duhr-nuh]
noun
  1. (in India) the practice of exacting justice or compliance with a just demand by sitting and fasting at the doorstep of an offender until death or until the demand is granted.
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Origin of dharna

1785–95; < Hindi: placing
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Historical Examples

  • An Indian custom of Dharna is of similar significance, though less violent.

    Ethics

    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts

  • If a woman greatly desires a child she will go to a shrine and lay a stone on it which she calls the dharna or deposit or pledge.

  • Another custom known as dharna is that of a suppliant placing a stone on the shrine of a god or tomb of a saint.


British Dictionary definitions for dharna

dharna

dhurna

noun
  1. (in India) a method of obtaining justice, as the payment of a debt, by sitting, fasting, at the door of the person from whom reparation is sought
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Word Origin

C18: from Hindi, literally: a placing
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