An Indian protest tactic which involves a combined sit-in and fast or hunger-strike (usually not ongoing, and sometimes carried out on a rotating basis). Participants in a dharna sit down in a strategic location, either inside a target building or area (thus amounting to an occupation), or outside some such target, and fast, usually while also chanting and holding placards.
A dharna was staged outside the headquarters of Assam Rifles to protest the death in custody.
by Andy February 07, 2005

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