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Daily Vocabulary Dose by SSCtube (19-04-2018)

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Daily Vocabulary Dose by SSCtube (19-04-2018)

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In West Asia, India still possesses enough leeway to engage in skilful manoeuvre around contentious issues without having to take a stand. It is in South Asia where troubles are mounting, where India cannot succeed without looking at some hard options. For instance, how to deal with a new government in Nepal (comprising the Left Alliance of the CPN-UML led by Oli and the CPN-Maoist Centre led by Prachanda) with few pretensions as to where its sympathies lie. India also needs to now contemplate the prospect of prolonged unrest and possibly violence, both communal and terror-related, in neighbouring Bangladesh, prior to scheduled elections in 2019. This follows the conviction by a special court in Dhaka of Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader and three-time Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on corruption charges. Dealing with both Nepal and Bangladesh will need more than fine gestures; they will need far more closer monitoring.

Another and a more imminent challenge for India is to sort out the imbroglio in the Maldives which is threatening to spill out of control. No amount of dissimulation will help. India cannot afford not to be directly engaged in finding a proper solution. Straddling a strategic part of the Western Indian Ocean, the Maldives today occupies a crucial position along the main shipping lanes in the Indian Ocean.China is, meanwhile, playing its cards carefully, calling for “home-grown solutions” and “warning against any military intervention”. The critical need is to find a solution early — one that takes into account India’s geostrategic and geopolitical interests in the region. Else, it would have far-reaching consequences as far as India’s quest for regional power status is concerned.

The virtual collapse of a Pakistan policy seems to affect Pakistan less and India more. The latter is facing a daily haemorrhaging of human lives due to cross border firing and terrorist violence from Pakistan. In spite of its internal political crisis, and U.S. President Donald Trump’s fusillade threatening Pakistan with dire consequences if it failed to amend its ways, Pakistan shows no sign of altering its anti-India trajectory. Democratic India can hardly afford to remain as blasé and let things slide, without effectively trying to find ways and means to change a situation which is certainly not to our advantage.

The collapse of the Afghan state does have severe consequences for India and nations in the vicinity. As a regional power, India has significant stakes in Afghanistan. Apart from the human cost and the fact that New Delhi has spent over $2 billion in providing humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, India’s true stake lies in sustaining the future of the Afghan state. Its “shrivelling” or “demise” and any premature end to the attempt to restore peace in Afghanistan will only revive memories of the worst days of the Afghan jihad in the 1980s and 1990s, and India has every reason to feel concerned about the fallout.

Vocab Dose

  1. Leeway: the amount of freedom to move or act that is available. स्वतंत्रता 
    Synonyms: freedom, scope, liberty
    Antonyms: restrict, obstruct
    The government had greater leeway to introduce reforms.
  2. Contentious: causing or likely to cause an argument; controversial. विवादास्पद 
    Synonyms: controversial, disputable, debatable
    Antonyms: agreeable
    The socio-economic plan had been the subject of contentious debate.
  3. Contemplate: look thoughtfully for a long time at. विचार करना
    Synonyms: examine, inspect, observe
    Antonyms: forget, ignore, neglect
    He contemplated his image in the mirrors.
  4. Imbroglio: an extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation. उलझन
    Synonyms: complexity, plight, entanglement
    Antonyms: agreement, ease, harmony
    The abdication imbroglio of 1936.
  5. Dissimulation: concealment of one’s thoughts, feelings, or character; pretence. माया
    Synonyms: misinterpretation, deceit, duplicity
    Antonyms: show, reveal
    He dissimulated his feelings for her.
  6. Straddling: sit or stand with one leg on either side of. पैर फैलाकर बैठना
    Synonyms: hedge, sprawl, destride
    She turned the chair round and straddled it.
  7. Quest: a long or arduous search for something. खोज
    Synonyms: search, hunt, pursuit
    Antonyms: retreat
    The quest for a reliable vaccine has intensified.
  8. Fusillade: a series of shots fired or missiles thrown all at the same time or in quick succession. शूटिंग
    Synonyms: bombardment, barrage, burst
    The marchers had to dodge a fusillade of missiles.
  9. Blase: unimpressed with or indifferent to something because one has experienced or seen it so often before. उदासीन
    Synonyms: indifferent, unconcerned, uncaring
    Antonyms: responsive, excited
    She was becoming quite blasé about the dangers.
  10. Shriveling: wrinkle and contract or cause to wrinkle and contract, especially due to loss of moisture. सूखना
    Synonyms: wither, wrinkle, shrink
    Antonyms: fresh, plump
    The flowers simply shrivelled up.

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