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Noun. August 19, 2011, Word of the Day
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Definition

FIrst entered in the Hobson-Jobson, this is derived from a homophonic Hindi word. It simply means "preparation"

However, owing to its almost exclusive usage by the police in India it has come to mean "security arrangements by the local police / militia / mafia / political party."

It is now marked by an excess of men in uniforms, paid audience / agitators, stupidly placed barricades and monstrous traffic jams,

Ambitious mamas in Bangalore are known to say "Bandh or Bust", which is a civil society way of saying "Double or Nothing"

Usage

The wedding of the CM's son saw a massive bandobast stalling traffic from MG Road to the airport. Several commuters committed suicide out of frustration.
Added 2011-07-13 by Kannadoggy

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Related Terms

galata, laathi charged

Terms referencing this

vardhi

Definition 2 of 3

Definition

FIrst entered in the Hobson-Jobson, this is derived from a homophonic Hindi word. It simply means "preparation"

However, owing to its almost exclusive usage by the police in India it has come to mean "security arrangements by the local police / militia / mafia / political party"

It is now marked by an excess of men in vardhi, a paid audience / agitators, stupidly placed barricades and monstrous traffic jams,

In civil disobedience circles, the closely related phrase "Bandh or Bust" - a way of saying "Double or Nothing" - usually generates a robust police bandobast. The success of the bandh can be measured in part by the intensity of the bandobast.

Usage

The wedding of the CM's son saw a massive bandobast stalling traffic from MG Road to the airport. Several commuters committed suicide out of frustration.
Added 2011-07-03 by Kannadoggy

Root

Hindi

Region

All India

Related Terms

Bandh

Terms referencing this

vardhi

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Phrase.
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Definition

defined as fully packed or checked

Usage

raman to radhika: woh samaan sab bandobastt kiya hei na?!

(You made sure the luggage was bandobast?)

Added 2011-08-23 by Badaayi Ramathi

Root

Hindi

Related Terms

Bandh, bandobust

Terms referencing this

vardhi