Some time back only I got to know about Mleccha word and if I refer its definition on the internet then it is:

Mleccha (from Vedic Sanskrit mlecchá, meaning "non-Vedic", "barbarian") is a Sanskrit term referring to foreign or barbarous peoples in ancient India, as contradistinguished from Aryas. Mleccha was used by the ancient Indians originally to indicate the uncouth and incomprehensible speech of foreigners and then extended to their unfamiliar behaviour, and also used as a derogatory term in the sense of "impure" and/or "inferior" people.

The word Mleccha was commonly used for 'outer barbarians of whatever race or colour'.

The Indians referred to all alien cultures and races that were less civilized in ancient times as 'Mleccha' or barbarians. - wikipedia

But here this term is used pretty freely. For example in chat:

Btw how are the so-called mlecchas so powerful? and we the followers of Sanatana Dharma so weak? What went wrong?

Not taking names so avoiding link to chat messages.

Same apply for site where "Mleccha Deshas” is used in question freely. So my question is, is Mleccha a safeword on Hidusim.se inrespective of context or we shoudl avoid using such derogatry term as much posible (exclusing geniun questions) and edit all existing posts and avoid using it in bad context?

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    Possible duplicate of How is the word "mleccha" considered offensive? – sv. Sep 19 '19 at 15:20
  • @sv. that one have no conclusion and this one have different angle – Ankit Sharma Sep 19 '19 at 15:22
  • It didn't have a conclusion probably because users are divided on this. But definitely a duplicate – sv. Sep 19 '19 at 15:28
  • barbarous - this word would probably be too much on english translation... As known, some words are wrong in English when translated and would sound harsh. – Parabrahman Jyoti Sep 19 '19 at 15:29
  • @ParabrahmanJyoti I disagree Mleccha was never supposed to be a polite word. – Ankit Sharma Sep 19 '19 at 17:33
  • The word is used to describe non-Vedic people. Being non-Vedic is bad, so obviously it will have a negative connotation. – Ikshvaku Sep 21 '19 at 15:29
  • @Ikshvaku There are people who got Moksha even by being non vedic. So just like that we cannot say like that harsh. These are just users manual for life. just guidance. thats it!!! – Parabrahman Jyoti Sep 23 '19 at 17:34
  • @ParabrahmanJyoti Doesn't change the fact that they were mleccha. – Ikshvaku Sep 23 '19 at 18:30
  • @Ikshvaku the above point is for your word "being non vedic is bad". – Parabrahman Jyoti Sep 24 '19 at 3:48
  • The chat example is too old, Btw. – Paṇḍyā Sep 24 '19 at 15:48
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    @Paṇḍyā old or new doesn't matter. If new examples are needed, they can be shown. What's offensive doesn't have an expiry date. The intention behind choosing example is to portray how it's used on this site and how the moderation is going on. New or old is not the matter of discussion here. – Sarvabhouma Sep 24 '19 at 17:08
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    This is not a Hindu site but is a site about Hinduism. This word shouldn't be used for addressing/targeting foreign people. – Paṇḍyā Sep 25 '19 at 11:05

I don't think we should use it. As we community have both professionals and learners. This more sounds like a word used by professionals to learners and other people who don't follow ancient Sanatana Dharma, in an offensive way. But we can't restrict anyone to not use it. We can just flag if the word is being used in offensive manner and explain the same to the mods.

And yes, we should edit all posts if it has been used in non-relative context of the post.

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