‘Samvidhaan’ or the ‘Constitution’ in other words, has been named as the Hindi Word of the Year 2019 by Oxford Dictionary.
The Oxford Hindi Word of the Year for 2019 is… SAMVIDHAAN, the Constitution.— Oxford Languages (@OxLanguages) January 28, 2020
In 2019, the Indian Constitution gained renewed significance, truly becoming a people’s document given by the people to themselves.
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This word received widespread attention for the first time in August 2019 after the abrogation of two key constitutional provisions – Article 370 and Article 35(A) of the Indian Constitution, which removed the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir.
As per the Oxford Dictionary, ‘Samvidhaan’ means a “body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organisation is acknowledged to be governed”.
According to NDTV, Kritika Agarwal, Hindi Language Champion for Oxford Languages said:
The Hindi Word of the Year for 2019 is a fitting choice reflecting the mood of the masses as also the focus of the decision makers. In 2019, the Constitution moved from being an academic concept to a movement in real time.