Oxford Declares 'Samvidhaan' Hindi Word Of 2019

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Oxford Declares 'Samvidhaan' Hindi Word Of 2019
The world’s most renowned dictionary - the Oxford Dictionary - has named ‘Samvidhaan’ the Oxford Hindi Word of 2019.

The Oxford University Press (OUP), which publishes the Oxford Dictionary, said that in the year 2019, the values of democracy, secularism, justice, liberty and equality were tested on the touchstone of the Constitution or ‘Samvidhaan’ and so, this word has been accorded such importance.

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OUP said that in 2019, ‘Samvidhaan’ took on the form of a movement and that the last year was witness to the spirit of the Constitution being embraced by various sections of society, due to which, this word stayed in the limelight the most.

Each year, OUP chooses a word which most attracted people, dominated their thoughts and became the topic of discussion among common people. 

Defining ‘Samvidhaan’, Oxford Dictionary said that it is a body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organisation is acknowledged to be governed.

The word ‘Samvidhaan’ first received widespread attention in August 2019, with the abrogation of Article 370 and revocation of the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir.

Apart from this, some major decisions by the Supreme Court also significantly contributed to the term’s prominence in 2019, such as the Sabarimala verdict and the floor test in Maharashtra.

According to OUP, ‘Samvidhaan’ is a fitting choice reflecting both the mood of the people and the focus of decision makers in 2019.

The Oxford Dictionary invited entries for the Oxford Hindi Word of the Year 2019 through its Facebook page and received several thousand diverse entries. However, the final decision was taken by the Oxford Dictionary team in India and a panel of language experts.