Oxford Dictionaries chooses Aadhaar as the Hindi word of 2017
Jaipur: The Oxford Dictionaries has announced 'Aadhaar' as the first Hindi word of the year 2017.
The announcement was made at a session 'Oxford Dictionaries' Hindi Word of the Year' during the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Aadhaar along with other words like 'Notebandi', 'Mitron', and 'Gau rakshak' were also considered during a panel discussion at the fest, where 'Aadhaar' was chosen as the first Hindi word.
Hindi poet Ashok Vajpeyi, writer-director Pankaj Dubey, filmmaker Anu Singh Choudhary and leading literary figure Chitra Mudgal participated in the discussion.
Writer Pankaj Dubey said new words like 'Sleepawastha' (state of sleeping), 'Mikatarian' (opportunist) should be coined to express certain moods. Chitra Mudgal objected to the suggestion and instead advocated for correct use of languages.
"If a person with lack of proper knowledge coins and expresses such words then it can be understood but this is not acceptable when educated people do this," Mr Mudgal, an author, said.
It may be mentioned that 'Aadhaar' was made mandatory last year by the government. People of the nation were asked to link their mobile numbers, bank accounts and various other services with their Aadhaar.