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Dalit History

Chronologically 'Jai Bhim' is older  than  Jai Hind Read more at: What is the Origin of the Word Dalit? Broadly, the history of this contentious word can be traced back to the 1930s. Dr. Anand Teltumbde told The Quint that it was Maharashtrian reformer Jyotirao Phule who first used the word Dalit. At the time, it was used as a Hindi/Marathi translation for ‘depressed classes’, as academic scholar Gail Omvedt points out in her  blog. The colonial government used to use the term ‘Scheduled Caste’, which was just a reflection of the legal category they belonged to, but this was not a term which lent itself to political speech. By the time Ambedkar entered politics, he used Dalit to refer to a large class of people at the bottom of the caste hierarchy. “Ambedkar used ‘Dalit’ as a quasi-class term, included within its ambit was the downtrodden and poo