New Delhi: Oxford Dictionaries has chosen ‘Nari Shakti’ (women empowerment) as the Hindi word for the year 2018. The announcement was made during a session at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) being held at the Diggi Palace in Jaipur on Saturday.

According to the Oxford dictionaries, the word, derived from Sanskrit, is used to symbolise women who are capable to take charge of their lives.

“March 2018 recorded a large spike in the use of ‘Nari Shakti’ as discussion arose around the Government of India’s Nari Shakti Puraskar (Women Power Award) held on the International Women’s Day,” read the statement.

According to PTI, the word was selected by the Oxford Dictionaries (India) with the help of an advisory panel of language experts, including Namita Gokhale, Randhir Thakur, Kritika Agrawal, and Saurabh Dwivedi.

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

The statement further read, “Two major decisions were taken by the Supreme Court which contributed to Nari Shakti’s prominence in 2018. One was a ban on ‘triple-talaq’ and second, the taking down of a rule that disallowed menstrual women entry to the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.”

India on Saturday celebrated its 70th Republic Day. On a national day, Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi, Contingent commander, Army Service Corps scripted history by leading all men army contingent at the parade, Major Khusboo Kanwar led an all-women marching contingent of the Assam Rifles, too participated in the ceremony for the first time.

Last year, the Oxford dictionary had included the first ever Hindi word of the year. And it was ‘Aadhaar’ as its Hindi word for the year 2017.

Oxford had tweeted, “After reviewing the hundreds of public suggestions received, and consulting the opinions of an advisory panel of language experts, Oxford Dictionaries has chosen its first ever Hindi Word of the Year.”

Other words such as ‘Mitron’, ‘Notebandi’, ‘Gau-Rakshak’ were also considered, but the widespread discussions and debates around ‘Aadhaar’ was the reason it was selected as the word of the year.