‘Nari Shakti’ is Oxford Dictionary’s pick for 2018

New Delhi: Oxford Dictionaries has picked “Nari Shakti” as the Hindi word for 2018. The term is defined as “increasing activism of women in various fields.” According to Oxford Dictionaries, the word of 2018 is derived from Sanskrit, with Nari meaning ‘woman’ and Shakti meaning ‘power.’ The announcement was made at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) at the Diggi Palace last week.

Oxford Dictionaries (India) chose the word with the help of an advisory panel of language experts, including Randhir Thakur, Namita Gokhale, Saurabh Dwivedi and Kritika Agrawal.

“Women power is reflective of the renewed power of women that came to the fore in 2018. It is representative of the courage that women derived and the feeling of sisterhood which was stronger than ever before,” Agrawal said.

‘Movement involving both men and women’

“It is a sentiment, and that sentiment is being carried forward in 2019. Nari Shakti is a movement involving both men and women, and a reminder that we need to keep fighting the good fight.”

Gokhale, who is also the director of JLF, said: “Nari Shakti encapsulates the spirit of our times, with all its struggles, challenges and triumphs.”

Oxford had earlier selected ‘Aadhaar’ as its Hindi word for the year 2017.