Panauti vs Mandbudhi: Political back and forth explained

By Editorji News Desk
Published on | Nov 23, 2023

Panauti vs Mandbudhi

Rahul Gandhi tagging PM Narendra Modi as a ‘panauti’ was one of many political jibes this election season. BJP hit back with the ‘mandbudhi’ label.

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Gandhi attributed India’s world cup loss to PM Modi, who watched the game live in Ahmedabad. He called the PM a ‘panauti.’

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The remark evoked strong reactions from the BJP camp. Many BJP leaders said the Wayanad MP was ‘Mandbudhi.’

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The Election Commission later issued a show-cause notice to Gandhi. The poll body said ‘panauti’ falls under the definition of corrupt practice.

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What does ‘panauti’ mean?

‘Panauti’ is a common Hindi word and means ‘bad omen.’ It is usually used for someone who brings bad luck with them.

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What does ‘mandbudhi’ mean?

‘Mandbudhi’, also an common Hindi word, means ‘half-witted’. It is used to describe someone who has average intelligence.

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Origin of ‘panauti’

Indian Express reported ‘panauti’ is considered to be a difficult phase in a person’s life, adding that ‘panauti’ is also the goddess of troubles.

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