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India changed meaning of ‘Abhinandan’ in English dictionary: PM Narendra Modi

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 2 March 2019, 12:47 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Construction Technology 2019 on Saturday made a strong reference of return of IAF pilot as a diplomatic win of India to the state that the world watches every move of the country closely. At the event, PM Modi said people used to know the Sanskrit word ‘Abhinandan’ as Congratulation in the dictionary, but now the name has acquired a new meaning due to what has transpired over the past couple of days.

“Hindustan jo bhi karega, duniya use gaur se dekhti hai. Is desh ki takat hai ki dictionary ke shabdon ke arth badal deta hai. Kabhi '#Abhinandan' ka angrezi hota tha 'Congratulation', ab 'Abhinandan' ka arth badal jaayega.” (Whatever India does, world watches it closely….It is the power of this nation that it changes the meaning of words. Abhinandan used to mean congratulation, now Abhinandan will have a new meaning).

The prime minister Modi’s remark has come a day after Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was released by Pakistan. IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan Army’s on Wednesday after an Ariel combat between Indian Air Force and Pakistan Air Force, day after India strikes Jaish camp in Balakot.

Abhinandan Varthaman was handed over to Indian authorities on Friday late night at Attari-Wagah border in Punjab by Pakistan, which was called a big diplomatic win for India.

Also read: ‘Good to be back,’ IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman’s first words after returning India

First published: 2 March 2019, 12:47 IST