Prime Minister Narendra Modi, praising the courage and valour of the captured Indian Air Force pilot who returned to India from Pakistan, today said the word “Abhinandan” used to mean welcome, but its meaning would change now. “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”, PM Modi said this morning in Delhi, in an apparent reference to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. The 35-year-old Air Force pilot was shot down on Wednesday while flying a MiG-21 fighter in a dogfight with Pakistani aircraft and captured. His first words when he walked across from the Pakistani side through the Attari-Wagah border were, “It is good to be back in my country”, an official told reporters last night.
Source: Indian PM Modi: “Abhinandan” used to mean welcome – it will change now