Definition of hartal in English:

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hartal

Pronunciation: /ˈhɑːtɑːl/
/ˈhəːtɑːl/

noun

(In South Asia) a closure of shops and offices as a protest or a mark of sorrow: the town observed a complete hartal [mass noun]: the valley was paralysed by hartal or curfews
More example sentences
  • Since then there have been nine major strikes and hartals [the closure of shops and businesses] against government policies.
  • In defiance of their trade unions, the workers were striking for improved working conditions and the release of a co-worker arrested for campaigning for a hartal (strike and shop closures).
  • The next day, the LTTE and other Tamil parties called a hartal [strike and shop closures] throughout the north and east of the island which lasted for four days.

Origin

From Hindi haṛtāl, haṭtāl, literally 'locking of shops', from Sanskrit haṭṭa 'market' + Hindi tāla 'lock'.

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