Common Acronyms

For some reason, the Indian Press and some Indian intellectuals, have a difficult time defining acronyms in their writings, perhaps as a way to exclude others from taking part in important conversations. (If you have others you think should be included, please feel free to message me.)

Regardless, Firangi on India will always try to provide the full form of a name, title, or phrase. Here are a few common acronyms you may come across:

AAI – Airport Authority India

AP- Andhra Pradesh; Arunachal Pradesh (Contextual)

BJP – Bharatiya Janata Party

BSE – Bombay Stock Exchange

CAP – Covered & Plinth (storage of wheat/rice)

CBI – Central Bureau of Investigation

DEA – Department of Economic Affairs

DRDO – Defence Research and Development Organisation

DMK – Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (Political Party, Tamil Nadu)

FM – Finance Minister

GoI – Government of India

HC – High Court

HP – Himachal Pradesh

IAF – Indian Air Force

IIM – Indian Institute of Management

IIT – Indian Institute of Technology

IPKF – Indian Peace Keeping Force

IRS – Indian Remote Sensing Satellite

ISRO – Indian Space Research Organisation

LS – Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament)

LTTE – Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

MEA – Ministry of External Affairs

MP – Madhya Pradesh

NIC – National Informatics Centre

NRI – Non-Resident Indian

OBC – Other Backwards Class

PMO – Prime Ministers Office

PSU – Public Sector Unit

PTI – Press Trust of India

RAW – Research & Analysis Wing (Indian foreign intelligence agency)

RBI – Reserve Bank of India

RS – Rajya Sabha

SAARC – South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation

SAIL – Steel Athority of India

SC – Supreme Court

SEBI – Securities Exchange Board of India

SENSEX – Sensitive Index (of BSE)

TN – Tamil Nadu

TVET – Technical Vocational Education & Training

ULFA – United Liberation Front of Assam

UP – Uttar Pradesh

VHP – Vishwa Hindu Parishad

WB -West Bengal


Lakh – one hundred thousand (numeral: 1,00,000)

Ten Lakhs – one million (numeral:10,00,000)

One Crore – ten million (numeral: 1,00,00,000)

Ten Crores – one hundred million (numeral:10,00,00,000)

One Hundred Crores – one billion (numeral: 100,00,00,000)

LMT – lakh metric tons


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