A list of acronyms coined by PM Narendra Modi that would put dictionary compilers to shame

As politicians follow in Modi's footsteps and come up with new acronyms for the word SCAM, it turns out that honorable PM's obsession with acronym is not new.

If coming up with acronyms is an art, then PM Modi is the Picasso.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi started off a new trend during his Meerut rally when he came up with an acronym for the word SCAM: ‘Samajwadi party, Congress, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati’. What followed next was multiple politicians coming up with their own version of the word SCAM and Twitter having multiple field days.


Perhaps the best acronym was by Rahul Gandhi who advertised Scams openly by, in the words of Smriti Irani “seeing not one but 4 virtues in the word SCAM”.

We did an exhaustive research on Narendra Modi’s obsession with acronyms and it turns out that our honorable PM has coined multiple acronyms before. Here is a list of acronyms coined by Narendra Modi that would put dictionary compilers to shame:

1. SCAM: Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh Yadav, Congress and Mayawati. Uttar Pradesh should vote against them in the upcoming assembly elections, PM said on Sunday.

2. VIKAS: Vidyut (Electricity), Kanoon (law) and Sadak (Road). PM Modi coined this acronym to give a new meaning of VIKAS (development) while addressing people in Uttar Pradesh.

3. AK-49: Arvind Kejriwal-49. (A reference to AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal’s 49-day first government in Delhi.

4. ABCD: Adarsh, Bofors, Coal and Damaad (son-in law). PM Modi coined this to define Congress Party in 2014.

5. RSVP: Rahul, Sonia, Vadra, Priyanka.


6. 3 AKs: ‘Admired in Pakistan’ (AK 47, AK Antony and AK-49 (Arvind Kejriwal)

7. SABKA: Saamajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, and Congress party. He used this term to appeal destruction of SABKA (all the three parties) in 2014.

8. NDA: National Development Alliance. PM Modi used this redefine the National Democratic Alliance led by BJP in 2014.

9. JAM: Jan Dhan-Aadhar-Mobile (For direct cash transfer)

10. SMART: For a “Strict and Sensitive, Modern and Mobile, Alert and Accountable, Reliable and Responsive, Techno savvy and Trained” police force.

11. USTTAD:  Upgrading Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development (for artisans from minority communities)

12. AMRUT: Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation

14. HRIDAY: Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana.



13. PRAGATI: Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation

14. UDAY: Ujjwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana

15. NITI: National Institution for Transforming India

16. ROAD: “Responsibility, Ownership, Accountablity, Discipline”. PM Modi gave this mantra of success at a Made In India workshop.

17. B2B:  Bharat to Bhutan. PM Modi used this acronym to codify India-Bhutan relationship during his visit to the country.

18. INCH Towards MILES: India-China towards a Millennium of Exceptional Synergy– (To describe the future of India-China relationship).

19. HIT: Highways, Informationways, Transmissionways. PM Modi expressed his plan to ‘HIT’ Nepal with these facilities.

20. AIM: Atal Innovation Mission.
21. FDI: First Develop India (Mantra of Make in India).
22. Himmat: A mobile application to ensure women’s safety in Delhi.


23. BHIM: Bharat Interface for Money. (Named after Father of Constitution Bhim Rao Ambedkar, this is a mobile app for digital transactions)

24. IT + IT= IT: Indian Talent + Information Technology = India Tomorrow (This is a part of Modi government’s Digital India Initiative)

25. PRASAD: Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive

26. PAHAL: Pratyaksha Hastaantarit Laabh (Direct benefit transfer) for LPG subsidy.

27. 4 Ps: People Private-Public Partnership for good governance.
28. SETU: Self Employment and Talent Utilisation (Provide support to all aspects of a start-ups from credit to incubation)

Kozhikode: Prime Minister Narendra Modi before flag hoisting of BJP National Council meeting in Kozhikode, Kerala on Sunday. PTI Photo (PTI9_25_2016_000080B)

Kozhikode: Prime Minister Narendra Modi before flag hoisting of BJP National Council meeting in Kozhikode, Kerala on Sunday. PTI Photo (PTI9_25_2016_000080B)

29. 3S: Skill, Scale, Speed (This is what India needs to compete with China)
30. SWAYAM: Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (Free online courses to be offered by IITs, IIMs and central universities)
31. SAMAVAY: Skill Assessment Matrix for Vocational Advancement of Youth (To allow multiple entry and exit options between vocational and formal education courses).

32. MOM: Mars Orbiter Mission. “I was sure Mom won’t disappoint us,” PM Modi said after the success of MOM.

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