Definition of dharna in English:



  • 1Indian A mode of compelling payment or compliance, by sitting at the debtor's or offender's door without eating until the demand is complied with.

    1. 1.1A peaceful demonstration.
      ‘Demonstrations and dharnas (sit-in protests) were held in all state capitals.’
      • ‘The very fact they have held hundreds of dharnas, hunger-fasts and demonstrations before the Supreme Court, and have never been browbeaten by the worst of adversity, speaks of their indomitable spirit.’
      • ‘The PCO owners of Kashmir staged a number of protest marches and dharnas [sit-ins] here but got nothing except a some coverage in the Kashmir print and electronic media.’
      • ‘Road blockades, demonstrations and dharnas were organised in front of government offices at Kashipur and Rayagada.’
      • ‘Apart from ensuring the safety of passengers and their valuables, Laloo will also have to make sure that his party workers do not destroy railway property during bandhs, rallies and dharnas.’



/ˈdärnə/ /ˈdɑrnə/


From Hindi dharnā ‘sitting in restraint, placing’.