The Hindu Lead Article (New Delhi’s tactical half-measure on Kashmir) – Jun 28, 2021

The Hindu Lead Article (New Delhi’s tactical half-measure on Kashmir) – Jun 28, 2021

The meeting between the representatives of mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and the central leadership on June 24 was at best a good beginning,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s advanced word list-1 for The Hindu Lead Article (New Delhi’s tactical half-measure on Kashmir) – Jun 28, 2021.

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Today’s Advanced Word List 1 for The Hindu Lead Article (New Delhi’s tactical half-measure on Kashmir) – Jun 28, 2021:

  1. tactical (adjective) – calculated, strategic, diplomatic.
  2. half-measure (noun) – indecisive action/policy.
  3. resolution (noun) – solution, settlement.
  4. diplomacy (noun) – international politics, foreign affairs, foreign policy; negotiations, discussions, talks, dialogue (related to international politics).
  5. mainstream (adjective) – conventional, established, recognized, common, popular.
  6. at best (phrase) – simply, but, nothing but.
  7. unilateral (adjective) – relating to a method of taking decisions (particularly on international relations) by a state (country) individually without considering other states (countries). In general, it is relating to the decision taken individually without consulting with the others concerned.
  8. at worst (phrase) – in the most serious situation.
  9. mainstream (noun) – something (certain beliefs/ideas/activities) which are accepted or recognized by most people as normal or typical.
  10. stakeholder (noun) – a person with an interest in something.
  11. tactically (adverb) – strategically, diplomatically.
  12. sound (adjective) – substantial, strong, solid, weighty, authoritative.
  13. climbdown (noun) – withdrawal, retraction, u-turn/concession.
  14. for one (phrase) – used to emphasize your opinion, even if others may disagree it. 
  15. narrative (noun) – a representation of a particular situation; portrayal/account.
  16. concede (verb) – admit, acknowledge, accept, recognize.
  17. deliver (verb) – fulfil, carry out, carry through, implement.
  18. justification (noun) – reason, cause, basis, rationale, premise.
  19. usher in (verb) – start, begin, initiate, introduce.
  20. prosperity (noun) – success, welfare, comfort, security, well-being, fortune.
  21. root out (phrasal verb) – get rid of, remove, eliminate, discard.
  22. lockdown (noun) – an emergency protocol implemented by the authorities that prevents people from leaving from a place; An extended state of confinement/encirclement/isolation of a person by the authority.
  23. subsequent (adjective) – following, ensuing, succeeding, successive.
  24. extremism (noun) – radicalism, fanaticism, dogmatism.
  25. ceasefire (noun) – a negotiated agreement that will be accompanied by other associated commitments to de-escalate the fighting; a temporary stoppage of war, truce, armistice.
  26. Valley (noun) – a low area between hills or mountains typically with a river running through it. Valley is a metonym of Jammu & Kashmir in this context (Metonym is used as an alternative for something else with which it is closely related/associated).
  27. let-up (noun) – abatement, relaxation, slowdown, deceleration, moderation, lessening, decrease, break.
  28. infiltration (noun) – intrusion, incursion, trespassing, penetration.
  29. Line of Control (LoC) (noun) – it is a 450 mile-long military control line lying between India and Pakistan’s controlled parts of the former (under the British) Jammu and Kashmir. This line is not actually a legally recognized international boundary but prevails as per de facto. After the Simla Agreement signed in July 1972, this line was officially renamed as “Line of Control” from “the Cease-fire Line”.
  30. home-grown (adjective) – belonging to one’s own country.
  31. insurgency (noun) – uprising, revolt, rebellion.
  32. sentiment (noun) – feeling, thought, view, opinion.
  33. given (preposition) – considering, taking into account, bearing in mind.
  34. clampdown (noun) – crackdown, suppression, prevention/restriction, stopping; restraint.
  35. in any case (phrase) – moreover.
  36. brandish (verb) – wield, hold something high, display/exhibit (something as a threat or in anger).
  37. erroneous (adjective) – wrong, incorrect, inaccurate.
  38. at the least (phrase) – to put it mildly, without any exaggeration.
  39. in short (phrase) – briefly, in essence.
  40. strategy (noun) – plan of action (in order to achieve a more expansive set of political, economic, and security interests).
  41. hardly (adverb) – almost not.
  42. look at (phrasal verb) – see, view, take, consider, think of.
  43. reach out (phrasal verb) – contact someone to obtain/offer help/assistance/cooperation.
  44. statehood (noun) – the condition of being an independent state.
  45. ongoing (adjective) – current, existing, continuing.
  46. negotiation (noun) – discussions, talks, deliberation; discussing the terms of, arrangement.
  47. put something into perspective (phrase) – to compare something with a similar thing to give a better idea; to access the true importance of something.
  48. withdrawal (noun) – retreat, departure, ending, disengagement.
  49. ploy (noun) – plan, course of action, tactic, manoeuvre, move.
  50. eventually (adverb) – in the end, finally, at last.
  51. trade-off (noun) – a situation in which you must choose between (balance) two things that are opposite or cannot be had at the same time; a compromise; swap, exchange.
  52. tacit (adjective) – implicit, understood, implied, hinted, suggested.
  53. Article 370 of Indian Constitution (noun) – It had “temporary provisions with respect to the State of Jammu and Kashmir” which gave special powers to the state. The article allowed the state a certain amount of autonomy – its own constitution, a separate flag and freedom to make laws. Foreign affairs, defence and communications remained the preserve (domain) of the central government. It also allowed Jammu and Kashmir to make its own rules relating to permanent residency, ownership of property and fundamental rights. It did also bar Indians from outside the state from purchasing property or settling there.
  54. thought-out (adjective) – thoroughly considered.
  55. artificial (adjective) – false, unnatural.
  56. sheer (adjective) – complete, absolute, total, thorough.
  57. necessity (noun) – (essential) requirement, prerequisite, indispensable thing.
  58. reunification (noun) – restoration.
  59. lay down (phrasal verb) – formulate, stipulate, frame, draw up.
  60. delimitation (noun) – an act of fixing boundary or limits.
  61. erstwhile (adjective) – old, previous, former, then.
  62. hold (noun) – influence, power, control, dominance, authority.
  63. get back (phrasal verb) – return, come back, go back.
  64. proposition (noun) – premise, idea, statement.
  65. irrelevance (noun) – inapplicability, unimportance, insignificance.
  66. restoration (noun) – reinstitution, re-establishment, reinstallation, revival.
  67. well-timed (adjective) – timely, at the right time; appropriate, prompt, apt.
  68. long-drawn-out (adjective) – prolonged, lengthy, long-lasting/dragging.
  69. thereof (adverb) – of that, of something which is just mentioned.
  70. bury (verb) – hide, conceal, cover.
  71. ideological (adjective) – relating to a system of ideas (ideology).
  72. consistently (adverb) – always, each time, invariably.
  73. albeit (conjunction) – though, even though, however.
  74. bilateral (adjective) – involving two groups or countries.
  75. implications (noun) – consequence/outcome, ramification, repercussion.
  76. dialogue (noun) – discussion, conversation, talk, exchange of views, discourse.
  77. retract (verb) – take back, go back on, disclaim/disavow.
  78. annexation (noun) – seizure, occupation, takeover.
  79. garner (verb) – gather, collect, accumulate.
  80. the heat (noun) – unwelcome pressure. 
  81. of/to no avail (phrase) – in vain, without success, unsuccessfully, with no result.
  82. evidently (adverb) – obviously, palpably, seemingly, apparently.
  83. backchannel (noun) – a secondary or secret route.
  84. precede (verb) – come/go before, go in advance of, lead up to.
  85. open door for (phrase) – to allow something new to begin.
  86. put differently (phrase) – express differently, put/express in other words.
  87. concession (noun) – compromise, adjustment, modification; acceptance, recognition.
  88. on the other hand (phrase) – as an alternative, or, as another option, as a substitute.
  89. walk back (phrasal verb) – reverse, withdraw, retreat.
  90. pre-condition (noun) – prerequisite, necessary condition, requirement, necessity, imperative.
  91. (look) on the bright side (phrase) – to be optimistic (regardless of difficulties).
  92. potential (noun) – possibility, potentiality, prospect; capability, capacity, ability.
  93. outstanding (noun) – pending.
  94. read (verb) – understand, interpret, discern, comprehend. 
  95. stand-off (noun) – deadlock, stalemate, impasse (in a dispute/conflict).
  96. carry out (phrasal verb) – conduct, perform, execute, bring about.
  97. strike (noun) – attack.
  98. province (noun) – territory, region, state (of a country).
  99. notwithstanding (conjunction) – although, in spite of the fact that, despite the fact that, even though.
  100. ensuing (adjective) – following, coming up next, cropping up (after as a result).
  101. skirmish (noun) – fight, conflict, clash, confrontation.
  102. conventional (adjective) – normal, regular, typical, ordinary.
  103. menace (noun) – threat/danger, risk/peril, intimidation.
  104. vis-à-vis (preposition) – concerning, with regard to, in relation to, as/in comparison with, in connection with (Vis-à-vis from Latin via. French, means literally “face-to-face).
  105. dissident (noun) – dissenter, objector, protester, disputant.
  106. indicative (adjective) – expressive, suggestive, representative.
  107. single-handedly (adverb) – solely, alone; without help, without assistance.
  108. dictate (verb) – order about, boss about, control.
  109. contour (noun) – outline, shape, form.
  110. cede (verb) – lose, give up, concede, (power/authority).
  111. on the ground (phrase) – in a situation/place where things are happening really/practically.
  112. open up (phrasal verb) – become communicative, expressive, vocal/open.
  113. resume (verb) – restart, start again, return to.
  114. cursory (adjective) – casual, brief.
  115. agitating (adjective) – protesting, distressed, troubled.


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