Hindi word of the day : “mahapaapi”

Hindi word of the day : “mahapaapi”

Yesterday the Chief Minister of Bihar, Mr. Nitesh Kumar, said the following on the subject of drinking alcohol (he spoke in Hindi, but here’s the English translation).

According to Mr. Kumar, anyone who drinks booze:

“…doesn’t listen to the teachings of Gandhi. He is not a Hindustani, an Indian. He is not competent. He is a mahapaapi.”

“Mahapaapi” was not a word I knew, but even in this rather alarming-sounding context, it had an almost catchy sound to it, so I looked it up.

“Maha” I knew, obviously.

It means great – as in Mahatma Gandhi, who Mr. Kumar invokes.

And Maharajah.

So I looked up “paap”.

Crikey.

That’s quite some word.

So putting the 2 elements of the word together = maha + paap, you get:

Great sin.

Big wickedness.

Stonking great immorality.

So a “mahapaapi”, one guilty of “mahapaap,” is clearly not a good person.

I’ve given up booze for Lent & beyond, so I’m in the clear.

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