The Hindi Word of the Year for 2017 is “AADHAAR”. This was announced by Oxford Dictionaries at the Jaipur Literary Festival on Saturday. “Aadhaar” will also be the first Word of the Year Oxford dictionaries in Hindi. The words in the list include Notenbandi, Swachh, Vikaas, Yoga, and Bahubali, which reflect the social, cultural, political and economic trends and events that were part of 2017.
The Hindi Word of the Year is a word or phrase that has attracted a great deal of attention and reflects the spirit, mood or concerns of the past year, said a press release from Oxford University Press.
‘Aadhaar’ is a long-established word in the Hindi language. Under the abbreviated name of the Aadhaar card, so introduced by the then Indian government under Prime Minister Manmohan Unique Identification Numbers (UIN), 2010, she received a new meaning Singh. This new meaning of the word was at the heart of the national conversation in 2017 when steps to expand the program to bank accounts and telephone numbers led to significant debates about the benefits and risks of the program. 2017 was the year of several studies and reports of data leaks that influenced public opinion.