Meaning of ‘Abhinandan’ will change now: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday in an apparent reference to the IAF pilot released by Pakistan said that “Abhinandan” used to mean welcome, but its meaning would change now, PTI reported.

He said that 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 here.

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.

He was captured on February 27 by Pakistan following a dogfight between the two air forces in which his MIG-21 was shot down.

Soon after the pilot was released, Modi had tweeted, “Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage.” (PTI)


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