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Ādi Hindu Movement


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A predominantly north Indian urban reform movement, made up of Dalits (mostly camārs). Active in the 1920s and 1930s, they identified themselves with the ‘original’ (ādi) pre-Āryan inhabitants of India, who they saw as practising a form of bhakti devoid of caste discrimination, reflected in the works of such sants as Kabīr and Raidās. Their leadership, such as Swami Achchūtānanda, came largely from disillusioned members of the Ārya Samāj.

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