Harijan (son of God) was a term coined by Gandhi for Dalits. The term can also be attributed to Dalits of Pakistan called the haris, who are a group of mud-hut builders. Gandhi said it was wrong to call people 'untouchable'. He gave them a new name, 'Harijans', which means children of God. While some now considered the term patronizing, it is still in wide use especially in Gandhi's home state of Gujarat.
Harijans was also several weekly newspapers published by Mahatma Gandhi. He created three publications, Harijan in English, Harijan Bandu in Gujarati and Harijan Sevak in Hindi. These newspapers found the Mahatma concentrating on social and economic problems.