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The meaning of Abhinandan has change now says PM Modi

The brave-heart was captured on February 27 by Pakistan following a dogfight between the two air forces in which his MIG-21 was shot down by Pakistan, but was later released after three days of captivity.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima SiddiquiBy Saima Siddiqui

Published on 2 March 2019 7:57 AM GMT

The meaning of Abhinandan has change now says PM Modi
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a housing ministry event, on Saturday, said that Abhinandan used to mean 'Congratulations' in English, but its meaning would change now as India has the power to change dictionary meanings.

"The world takes note of what India does and the nation has the power to change dictionary meanings," Modi said addressing the meet at Construction Technology India in Delhi.

Referring to IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's bravery, PM said:

"The world takes note of what India does ... India has the strength to change the meaning of words in the dictionary. Abhinandan once used to mean welcome. And now the meaning of Abhinandan will change."

The brave-heart was captured on February 27 by Pakistan following a dogfight between the two air forces in which his MIG-21 was shot down by Pakistan, but was later released after three days of captivity.

His home coming was celebrated across the country and from civilians to politicians everyone gave him a warm welcome:

The PM Modi had also welcomed his arrival in the country and praised him for his courage, PM tweeted,“Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage. Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians. Vande Mataram!”

President Ram Nath Kovind also took to Twitter to welcome the pilot back. “India is proud of your courage and sense of duty, and above all your dignity. Wishing you and our entire Air Force every success in the future."

Saima Siddiqui

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