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"Abhinandan" Used To Mean Welcome, But Its Meaning Would Change Now, Says PM Modi

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| March 2 , 2019 , 16:30 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hailed Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman and said the word "abhinandan" has assumed a new meaning as the IAF Wing Commander showed remarkable poise and calm during his captivity in Pakistan.

Hailing the bravery and courage of the IAF Pilot Abhinandan, PM Modi on Saturday said, "Abhinandan" used to mean welcome, but its meaning would change now.

The world takes note of what India does and the nation has the power to "change dictionary meanings", Modi said at a housing ministry event in Delhi.

His remarks came a day after IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was handed over to India by Pakistan after being in captivity for nearly three days.

"The world takes note of what India does ... India has the strength to change the meaning of words in the dictionary," he added.

The Prime Minister further said, "Abhinandan once used to mean welcome. And now the meaning of Abhinandan will change."

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PM Modi had tweeted, "Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage."