Politics and Padmavati – The Hindu (Nov 24, 2017)

Politics and Padmavati – The Hindu (Nov 24, 2017)

Given the violence and the threats, it is perhaps not surprising that the producers of Padmavati have decided to ‘voluntarily’ defer its release. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

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Word List-1 (To Improve English Vocabulary)

  1. cite (verb) – refer to, point to, mention.
  2. curb (verb) – limit, restrict, control.
  3. defer (verb) – postpone, put off, delay.
  4. cynical (adjective) – distrustful; believing that people are generally selfish and dishonest (Courtesy: VOA Learning English).
  5. fatwa (noun) – an Islamic legal pronouncement/opinion by a recognized religious authority.
  6. detract (verb) – distract, divert, avert.
  7. merit (noun) – quality, level, grade.
  8. extremist (noun) – a person who is with extreme political or religious views and supports  violent actions; fanatic, radical, fundamentalist.
  9. a race to the bottom (phrase) – it represents an unbalanced condition with continuous decline of standards (particularly in business)  due to the compulsion of competition.
  10. rail against (phrasal verb) – protest, condemn, criticize strongly.
  11. disallow (verb) – reject, refuse, dismiss.
  12. requisite (adjective) – necessary, essential, needful.
  13. perfunctory (adjective) – casual, uninterested, careless.
  14. rally (verb) – gather, accumulate, collect.
  15. whip up (phrasal verb) – encourage, stimulate, excite/provoke.
  16. forge (verb) – build/construct, form, create.
  17. absurd (noun) – illogical, unreasonable/inappropriate; ridiculous.
  18. cue (noun) –  hint, indication, sign/signal.
  19. disregard (noun) – indifference, nonobservance, inattention/neglect.
  20. hostile (adjective) – opposing/aggressive, confrontational, belligerent.
  21. spectrum (noun) – range, condition.
  22. foreboding (noun) – apprehension, anxiety; suspicion.
  23. narrative (noun) – story, tale, history.
  24. spectacle (noun) – display/show, performance, exhibition.
  25. uphold (verb) – confirm/justify, endorse, validate.
  26. intimidate (verb) – frighten, threaten, browbeat.
  27. sectarian (adjective) – denoting a sect (group of people).
  28. fury (noun) – rage, anger, wrath.



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