‘Abhinandan’ will acquire new meaning: PM Modi

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In an apparent reference to the Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the word ‘Abhinanadan’ would now acquire a new meaning.

“Abhinandan” used to mean welcome, but its meaning would change now, Modi said at an event in New Delhi.

“The world takes note of what India does…India has the strength to change the meaning of words in the dictionary,” Modi added.

Modi’s remarks came a day after IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was released by Pakistan after being captive for nearly three days.

The IAF pilot was captured on February 27 by Pakistan following an aerial dogfight between the two air forces near the Line of Control.

Soon after the pilot was released, Modi tweeted, “Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage. Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians. Vande Mataram!”