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Avarna[1] in the Sanskrit language of India means one who does not have a varna.[2] The term denotes those sections of people in the Hindu fold who do not belong to the four major Varnas, such as Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The four major varnas (savarna) are Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya, and Shudra.

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  1. ^ Smith, B.L. (1976). Religion and Social Conflict in South Asia. Brill. p. 38. ISBN 9789004045101. Retrieved 2014-11-30. 
  2. ^ Concrete Steps By Indian Industry On Affirmative Action For Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes. Gautam Book Centre. 1946. p. 36. ISBN 9788187733331. Retrieved 2014-11-30.