The Proudest Day: India's Long Road to Independence

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Glossary
abimsa non-violence
amir Muslim prince or counsellor
ashram a place of Hindu religious retreat
azad free, freedom
bagh a garden
Bande Mataram 'Hail to Thee, Mother': the first Indian national anthem
bania member of the Hindu merchant caste, originally from Gujarat : a grocer
bapu father: affectionate term for Gandhi
begum a Muslim noblewoman of high rank; title of a married Muslim woman, the equivalent of Mrs
bhadralok 'gentlefolk': the intellectuals of Bengal
Bhagavad Gita 'Song of the Blessed One': Krishna's lessons to Arjuna, part of the Mahabharata, the great Hindu epic
brahmacharya chastity; the total suppression of sexual desire
Brahman a Hindu priest; member of the first of the traditional four-fold hierarchy of caste Hinduism
burka one-piece garment which covers an orthodox Muslim woman from the crown of her head to her feet
Caliph (or Khalifa) Deputy of Allah. Commander of the Faithful, i.e. the community of orthodox Muslims
chaat a spicy sauce used with savoury dishes in the Punjab
chaprassi a domestic servant, waiter
charkha simple spinning wheel: the Congress symbol
charpoy a bed of knotted string on a wooden frame
dak mail, postal service
Dar-ul-harb an accursed land, in which Muslims may not dwell
dewan revenue collector; Indian ruler's chief minister
dharma Hindu religion, law, duty or responsibility
dharna a peaceful protest, usually by sitting outside the door of someone who has committed an injustice to the protestor
dharshan reflected holiness in presence of holy person, place or object
dhoti loin cloth worn by Indian men
durbar a princely levee
feringhee a foreigner
ghadr rebellion

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