‘Samvidhaan’ named as Oxford Hindi Word of the Year for 2019

  • The Oxford University Press(OUP) has named ‘Samvidhaan’(constitution) as the Oxford Hindi Word of the Year (HWOTY) for 2019. This name received widespread attention in August 2019 with the abrogation of Article 370 and article 35(A) of the Indian Constitution on August 05, 2019. The articles removed special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir.

Key Points:

  • The Oxford dictionaries team invited entries for the Oxford Hindi Word of the Year through Facebook and was finally selected by the Oxford Dictionaries team in India with help from panel of language experts.
  • The 2019 Sabarimala verdict, floor test in Maharashtra etc also led to the widespread usage of the word Samvidhaan.
  • Samvidhaan: It is defined as a body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organisation is acknowledged to be governed.
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