Dhedh (also Dhed, Dhedha or Dhedhas) are a Scheduled Caste of India. They are considered to be an untouchable group, outside the Hindu ritual ranking system known as varna. As with many untouchable communities, they too practise untouchability in relationships with other low-status castes. The community is sometimes referred to as Dhedh/
In the 1930s-40s, many depressed classes and communities were active in trying to change their caste name and elevate their social status to that of Rajput. These included the Khalpa, who wanted to be known as Rohit, and the Bhangi's desire to be known as Rishi, as well as the Dhed/Vankar claim to Mahyavanshi status. Of these, only the Mahyavanshi claim was successful in gaining official recognition from the British Raj administration. This success was limited to a part of the community in South Gujarat.
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