July 07, 2004

Hindutva, chamcha, badmash
The Oxford dictionary has a new range of Indian words, including Hindutva, chamcha and badmash.
Hindutva: very strong sense of Hindu identity, seeking the creation of a Hindu state
Swadeshi: goods made in India from Indian-produced materials
Chamcha: obsequious person (The word originated from the Bengali and Hindi chamra and cham for skin or hide)
Desi (also deshi): local, indigenous, derogatorily rustic or unsophisticated and unadulterated or pure.
Badmash: dishonest or unprincipled man

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