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LONDON: ‘Aatmanirbharta’, implying self-reliance, has been chosen by Oxford Languages, which publishes the Oxford English dictionary, as its Hindi Word of Year 2020 because it “validated the day-to-day achievements of the countless Indians who dealt with and survived the perils of a pandemic”.
Explaining the selection, Kritika Agrawal, who sits on the advisory panel that selects the Hindi Word of the Year, mentioned: “In an handle to the nation in early May 2020, whereas Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced India’s Covid-19 restoration bundle, he emphasised the necessity of turning into self-reliant as a rustic, as an financial system, as a society, and as people, in a bid to navigate the perils of a pandemic. The Prime Minister elaborated on this, noting that Aatmanirbhar Bharat just isn’t about being self-contained or being closed to the world, it’s about being self-sustaining and self-generating. We noticed a major improve within the utilization of Aatmanirbharta (self-reliance) following the Prime Minister’s handle, highlighting its elevated prominence as a phrase and idea within the public lexicon.”
The Hindi Word of the Year is a phrase or expression that’s chosen to mirror the ethos, temper, or preoccupations of the passing 12 months which have potential to change into a long-lasting time period of cultural significance.
Agrawal mentioned 2020 had required particular person self-reliance greater than ever earlier than as hundreds of thousands in India tailored to new methods of dwelling throughout the pandemic. “From home schooling to remote working, from creating our own means of entertainment to finding ways of keeping ourselves physically fit within confined spaces, from cooking for ourselves to caring for ourselves, and being forced to remain away from family and loved ones for extended periods of time, what has got many of us through is self-reliance,” she mentioned.
“As we enter 2021, one of the standout successes of the entire Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign is the large-scale manufacturing of Covid-19 vaccine in India,” she added.
In 2019, the Hindi Word of the Year was Samvidhaan or the Constitution owing to the nationwide debates and discussions which adopted the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35(A).

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