The lowest group of the outcaste level in the Hindu caste system. They are below other outcastes because they clean the refuse of others and are considered polluted. All untouchables are outcastes but not all outcastes are untouchables.
The lowest level in the Hindu caste system. They are considered so low in status that they are outside of the Hindu system, thus the name outcaste. All untouchables are outcastes but not all outcastes are untouchables.
A military garrison or camp.
Not friendly or pleasant to be with.
A building or group of buildings used to house soldiers.
A nickname for British private soldiers.
Gloomy and drab.
The fictional Indian town where the novel takes place.
A term used to describe white people in the Indian subcontinent.
A market in a Middle-Eastern country.
A polite title or form of address for a man.
An urgent need or demand.
An Indian solder serving under British or other European orders.
A long strip of cloth wound spirally around the leg from ankle to knee for protection and support.
Also called a “pith helmet,” it is a lightweight hat made from an Indian swamp plant and often worn by people of European background in the tropics.
A person tasked with collecting the refuse of others.
A tip, present, or gratuity.
The current currency of India and other countries in South Asia.
The former currency of India and Pakistan, it is equivalent to one sixteenth of a rupee.
A person’s attire, particularly if it’s bizarre.
A minor official or junior officer; a person that who sweeps homes or offices as a job.
Honor, reputation, or prestige.
A gesture of greeting or respect, with or without a spoken salutation, typically consisting of a low bow of the head and body with the hand or fingers touching the forehead.
Diarrhea; frequent bowel movements.
A suffix used with names and titles to show respect.
Brisk and cheerful readiness.
A piece of furniture containing a concealed chamber pot.
A term used by the two uppermost castes in Hindu society to justify their superiority, it means you have earned your high position by doing good deeds in multiple lives.
A title of respect.
An archaic term for Muslim.
To avoid or neglect a duty or responsibility.
A substance diffused or suspended in the air.
Characterized by vulgar or pretentious display.
The act of washing oneself.
A garment worn by male Hindus, consisting of a piece of material tied around the waist and extending to cover most of the legs.
A title used for a master of a particular skill or craft.
An open space in or near a town, used as a parade ground or for events such as public meetings and polo matches.
To express sorrow or discontent.
Bending and moving easily and gracefully.
Not conductive to success; unpromising.
An Indian sweet made of a coil of batter fried and steeped in syrup.
The action of thinking deeply about something; contemplation.
One of the upper classes in the Hindu caste system.
A seductress, temptress, siren.
A contemptible man.
Faking illness to avoid a responsibility.
A soft glow or gentle sheen.
A student that misses school without permission or notice.
Big or important.
A respectful title for a man, especially an educated one.
To remove a need or difficulty.
The leaf of an Asian evergreen climbing plant that is used in the East as a mild stimulant. Parings of areca nut, lime, and cinnamon are wrapped in the leaf, which is then chewed, causing the saliva to go red and, with prolonged use, the teeth to go black.
A type of tree sap or gum.
A trader or merchant.
A derogatory title.
Clamorous or vehement.
A light horse-drawn two-wheeled vehicle used in India.
A person concerned or involved with a specified thing or business.
A type of silk used to make saris.
To catch sight of.
A holy man, sage, or ascetic.
A day event comprising races and other competitions between horse riders or car drivers.
A title of respect, typically used for women.
A name for members of the untouchable caste.
A name for members of the untouchable caste.
An adjective meaning made in India from Indian-produced materials.
Untouchable Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Untouchable is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
An 18-year-old Indian youth, Bakha is a sweeper and the protagonist of Untouchable. Strong and able-bodied, he is fascinated by the life and ways of India’s English colonizers. His position as an untouchable has resulted in...
Considered revolutionary because of how it champions the cause of the untouchables and exposes India’s social evils, Untouchable was well received and highly regarded both domestically and abroad. Within India, it caused a generation of educated...