Appointments as spoils of office – The Hindu (Jan 11, 2017)

Appointments as spoils of office – The Hindu (Jan 11, 2017)

The Supreme Court’s observations on the quality of a round of appointments made to the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission last year expose…  For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1:

  1. spoils (phrase) – benefits, advantages; loot/booty.
  2. gross (adjective) – flagrant, blatant, glaring.
  3. institutional (adjective) – organized, procedural, systematized.
  4. integrity (noun) – honesty, uprightness, truthfulness.
  5. quash (verb) – cancel, overrule, repeal/abolish.
  6. deliberative (adjective) – thoughtful, studious, contemplative.
  7. foreground (verb) – highlight, bring/draw attention to.
  8. arbitrary (adjective) – random, casual, capricious.
  9. pack (verb) – fill (a board/committee with people who supports a decision).
  10. precede (verb) – come before, go in advance of, prepare the way for.
  11. relevance (noun) – the quality of being relevant/suitable.
  12. bar (verb) – prohibit, forbid, ban.
  13. dint (noun) – notch, mark, level.
  14. disquiet (verb) – worry, concern; upset.
  15. political patronage (noun) – favouritism, nepotism, partisanship.
  16. calibre ((noun) – quality, merit, character/eminence.
  17. commission (noun) – committee, board, council.
  18. arbitrariness (noun) – the quality of being “determined by chance, whim, or impulse, and not by necessity, reason, or principle (Courtesy: Wikipedia).


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