THE HINDU EDITORIAL : JANUARY 25, 2019
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Familial face: on Priyanka Gandhi becoming party secretary
Priyanka Gandhi can be a star campaigner, but the Congress still needs to flesh out its vision
In appointing his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as a general secretary of the party, Congress president Rahul Gandhi probably calculated that the benefits outweighed the risks. While the BJP lost no time in decrying the move as another instance of dynastic politics, the high-stakes manoeuvre could lift the profile of the Congress as a serious contender in the general election. In Uttar Pradesh, where it has been left high and dry in the seat-sharing deal between the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, it sorely needs a dramatic turnaround in political fortunes. While her formal induction into politics may have been prompted by a number of factors, including the ill-health of her mother, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh was surely meant as a signal to the SP and the BSP. Although her only previous formal role in politics was as the party’s campaign manager in Amethi and Rae Bareli, constituencies of her brother and mother, Ms. Vadra is high on charisma quotient, that intangible but nonetheless real quality that saw crowds gather in the party’s pocket boroughs. The Nehru-Gandhi lineage aside, Ms. Vadra commands a stage presence, helped no doubt by a resemblance to her grandmother Indira Gandhi. Whether she will take her mother’s place in Rae Bareli is not clear as yet, but this is a suggestion that there could be a long-term role.
In many ways, the nomination is an admission of the party’s over-reliance on the family, but to the credit of Mr. Gandhi, he has been engaging in wider consultations within the party on important decisions. The Congress is still a centralised party, and Mr. Gandhi is routinely authorised to take the final call on all matters big and small; but, equally, he has also shown the ability to step back in a spirit of accommodation in dealings with allied parties. That he did not declare himself as a prime ministerial candidate of the Opposition was born of tactical necessity; even so, he has shown a fair amount of maturity in dealing with a wide array of allies. During the Manmohan Singh years, the Congress was able to counter, to an extent at least, the perception that it revolved around the dynasty. And the BJP may not find much political purchase in linking Ms. Vadra’s appointment to dynastic politics; there will be no surprise, however, if it starts harping on her husband’s allegedly murky land dealings, which had cropped up during the 2014 election campaign. What should engage the Congress is not what the BJP may say about Ms. Vadra, but what she can say and do for it. The party needs much more than a star campaigner; it needs leaders that can revitalise the organisation by presenting it as an alternative to the BJP. For that, it will have to come up with a truly inclusive, egalitarian vision that privileges all-round development above all else.
- Flesh Out
Meaning: to make (something) more complete by adding details
Synonyms: Increase, Augment
Antonyms: Abridge, Decrease
Example: Time to flesh out the few terse facts he’d told me about his home.
Meaning: be heavier, greater, or more significant than.
Tamil Meaning: விட குறைவானதாகவே
Synonyms: be heavier than, Be Greater than, Exceed
Antonyms: Fail, fall behind, Lose
Example: Dixon was outweighed by nearly two stone and was knocked down twice in the second round”
Meaning: publicly denounce.
Tamil Meaning: இகழ்ந்துரை
Synonyms: Denounce, Condemn, Criticize
Antonyms: Praise, Overrate
Example: They decried human rights abuses
Meaning: a movement or series of moves requiring skill and care.
Tamil Meaning: மாற்றம்
Synonyms: Operation, Exercise, Activity, Move
Antonyms: Inaction, Ignorance
Example: “snowboarders performed daring manoeuvres on precipitous slopes”
Meaning: to a very high degree or level of intensity.
Tamil Meaning: கடுமையாக
Synonyms: Acutely, Badly
Example: “she would sorely miss his company”
Meaning: chance or luck as an arbitrary force affecting human affairs.
Tamil Meaning: அதிர்ஷ்டம்
Synonyms: Chance, Accident, coincidence
Antonyms: Hardship, Misfortune
Example: “some malicious act of fortune keeps them separate”
Meaning: the action or process of inducting someone to a post or organization.
Tamil Meaning: பதவியில் அமர்த்து
Synonyms: Enlist, Inaugurate
Antonyms: Close, End, Finish
Example: “induction into membership of a Masonic brotherhood”
Meaning: an organized course of action to achieve a goal.
Tamil Meaning: பிரச்சாரம்
Synonyms: crusade, drive, push, effort, struggle, move
Example: “The Election campaign was held in New Delhi”
Meaning: compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others.
Tamil Meaning: கவர்ச்சி
Synonyms: charm, presence, aura, personality
Example: “he has tremendous charisma and stage presence”
Meaning: unable to be touched; not having physical presence.
Tamil Meaning: தொட்டுணர முடியாத
Synonyms: impalpable, untouchable
Antonyms: Factual, Definite, Real
Example: “the moonlight made things seem intangible”
Meaning: a town sending representatives to Parliament.
Tamil Meaning: பெருநகரங்களில்
Example: Compared to the borough’s population, few aged in the fifties took part.
Meaning: direct descent from an ancestor; ancestry or pedigree.
Tamil Meaning: பரம்பரையில்
Synonyms: ancestry, family, parentage, birth
Example: “a Dutch nobleman of ancient lineage”
Meaning: the state of resembling or being alike.
Tamil Meaning: ஒற்றுமை
Synonyms: similarity, likeness, alikeness
Antonyms: Difference, Disagreement, Unlikeness, Divergence
Example: “they bear some resemblance to Italian figurines”
Meaning: charming and attractive.
Tamil Meaning: ஈடுபாட்டை
Synonyms: charming, appealing, attractive
Example: “an engaging smile”
Meaning: the action or process of formally consulting or discussing.
Tamil Meaning: ஆலோசனைகளை
Synonyms: Discussion, dialogue, discourse, debate
Example: “they improved standards in consultation with consumer representatives”
Meaning: joined by or relating to members of an alliance.
Tamil Meaning: கூட்டணி
Synonyms: Federated, confederated, federal
Antonyms: Disconnected, Uncombine, Disunited
Example: joined by or relating to members of an alliance.
Meaning: the state, fact, or period of being mature.
Tamil Meaning: முதிர்ச்சி
Synonyms: Adulthood, full growth, majority
Antonyms: Ignorance, Incompetence, Impotence
Example: “the progress of an ingénue from childhood to maturity”
Meaning: the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses.
Tamil Meaning: கருத்து
Synonyms: Approach, Attention, Attitude
Antonyms: Concrete, Stupidity, Ignorance
Example: “the normal limits to human perception”
Meaning: obscure or morally questionable.
Tamil Meaning: மர்மமாகவே
Synonyms: dark, gloomy, grey, leaden
Antonyms: Bright, Clean, Happy
Example: “a government minister with a murky past”
Meaning: believing in or based on the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.
Tamil Meaning: சுத்தம் செய்
Example: “a fairer, more egalitarian society”