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Alternative dreams: on KCR’s bid for an alternative front

Chandrashekar Rao’s outreach to regional parties sets the ball rolling on a ‘third front’

There are two more phases of polling in the Lok Sabha election and results are not due until May 23. But Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, who heads the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, has sought meetings with his counterparts in other southern States as well as with Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M.K. Stalin in what is a clear attempt to prepare the ground for a ‘federal front’ of non-Congress, non-BJP parties after the elections. Mr. Rao had attempted to bring together such a formation earlier as well. Last year, a pre-election federal front did not quite take off due to the varying positioning of the regional parties. Some such as the DMK, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Janata Dal (S) favored a direct alliance with the Congress and were not part of the TRS’s plans. While others such as the Trinamool Congress did not fully rule out a post-poll alliance with the Congress, the Biju Janata Dal has not ruled out any such alliance with either the BJP or the Congress. For the TRS, the idea of a federal front is rooted in the political contest in its own State. The Congress is the primary rival in Telangana for the TRS, and so its antipathy to a Congress-led coalition. In fact, the TRS had late last year abstained in the trust vote called by the Opposition in Parliament, signalling equidistance with the BJP and the Congress.

However, by now seeking to meet Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of the CPI(M), Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy of the JD(S) and Mr. Stalin, Mr. Rao seems to be indicating a reorientation of sorts. Some of these parties are the Congress’s coalition partners — the JD(S) in Karnataka and the DMK in Tamil Nadu — and the Left has an unequivocal position against the BJP. Mr. Rao’s outreach has raised speculation that his party would be willing to be part of a regional front that is clearly more antithetical to the BJP and that could be supported by the Congress if the need arises. It may not be so simple, as there are other forces that the TRS is politically opposed to, such as the Telugu Desam Party, which are likely to be part of a post-poll anti-BJP coalition. The idea of a third front in which the Congress and the BJP do not play a part has always been attractive to the regional parties, and the Left in particular. But despite the continued relevance of regional parties, the resilience of the two main national parties has prevented this from happening. The fact that the TRS could not work out a pre-poll, pan-India coalition to delineate itself from the Congress and the BJP is in itself a signal of this. In the larger scheme of things, all this manoeuvring by the TRS chief might yield little more than some additional leverage for his party in a post-poll situation.


  1. sought

Meaning: attempt or desire to obtain or achieve (something).

Tamil Meaning: முயன்று

Synonyms: try to obtain, pursue, go after, strive for

Example Sentence: “the new regime sought his extradition”

  1. counterparts

Meaning: a person or thing that corresponds to or has the same function as another person or thing in a different place or situation.

Tamil Meaning: வகையறாக்களை

Synonyms: equivalent, opposite number, peer, equal, parallel, complement

Antonyms: Original

Example Sentence: “the minister held talks with his French counterpart”

  1. take off

Meaning: (of an enterprise) become successful or popular.

Tamil Meaning:

Synonyms: succeed, do well, become popular, catch on

Antonyms: fail, flop

Example Sentence: “the newly launched electronic newspaper has really taken off”

  1. varying

Meaning: differing in size, amount, degree, or nature.

Tamil Meaning: பல்வேறு / வேற்றுமைப்படுத்து

Synonyms: differ, be different, be unlike, be dissimilar

Antonyms: agree, be static

Example Sentence: “black ravens emerged from the fog”

  1. alliance

Meaning: a union or association formed for mutual benefit, especially between countries or organizations.

Tamil Meaning: கூட்டணி/ உடன்பாடு

Synonyms: association, union, league, treaty, pact, compact

Antonyms: distance, separation

Example Sentence: “a defensive alliance between Australia and New Zealand”

  1. rule out


Synonyms: ban, bar, close out, count (out)

Antonyms: admit, include

Example Sentence: another loss would rule them out of the tournament

  1. rival

Meaning: a person or thing competing with another for the same objective or for superiority in the same field of activity.

Tamil Meaning: போட்டி / போட்டிக்காரன்

Synonyms: Competitor, opponent, contestant

Antonyms: Partner, ally

Example Sentence: “he has no serious rival for the job”

  1. antipathy

Meaning: a deep-seated feeling of aversion.

Tamil Meaning: வெறுப்பு / இயற்கையான வெறுப்பு

Synonyms: Hostility, antagonism, animosity, aversion

Antonyms: Liking, affinity, rapport

Example Sentence: “his fundamental antipathy to capitalism”

  1. coalition

Meaning: a temporary alliance for combined action, especially of political parties forming a government.

Tamil Meaning: கூட்டணி / தாற்காலிகக் கூடுதல்

Synonyms: Alliance, union, partnership, affiliation

Antonyms: Detachment, Disunion, Divorce

Example Sentence: “a coalition between Liberals and Conservatives”

  1. abstained

Meaning: formally decline to vote either for or against a proposal or motion.

Tamil Meaning: தன் விருப்பப்படியே ஒதுங்கி இரு

Synonyms: not vote, decline/refuse to vote

Antonyms: vote

Example Sentence: “forty-one voted with the Opposition, and some sixty more abstained”

  1. equidistance

Meaning: Equal Distance from both the ends. .

Example Sentence: a location equidistant from two major cities

  1. unequivocal

Meaning: leaving no doubt; unambiguous.

Tamil Meaning: தெளிவான

Synonyms: unambiguous, unmistakable, indisputable, incontrovertible

Antonyms: equivocal, ambiguous, vague

Example Sentence: “an unequivocal answer”

  1. speculation

Meaning: the forming of a theory or conjecture without firm evidence.

Tamil Meaning: ஊகங்கள் / குருட்டு ஆதாய வேட்டை

Synonyms: Conjecture, theorizing, hypothesizing

Antonyms: Sure Thing

Example Sentence: “there has been widespread speculation that he plans to quit”

  1. antithetical

Meaning: directly opposed or contrasted; mutually incompatible.

Tamil Meaning: முரணாக / முரணான

Synonyms: (directly) opposed to, contrary to, contradictory to, conflicting with

Antonyms: same, identical, like

Example Sentence: “people whose religious beliefs are antithetical to mine”

  1. despite

Meaning: without being affected by; in spite of.

Tamil Meaning: இருந்தபோதிலும்

Synonyms: in spite of, notwithstanding, regardless of, in defiance of

Antonyms: because of

Example Sentence: “he remains a great leader despite age and infirmity”

  1. relevance

Meaning: the quality or state of being closely connected or appropriate.

Tamil Meaning: சம்பந்தம்  / இணக்கம்

Example Sentence: “this film has contemporary relevance”

  1. manoeuvring

Meaning: carefully guide or manipulate (someone or something) in order to achieve an end.

Tamil Meaning: திட்டமிட்ட படைகளை நடத்து

Synonyms:Intrigue, plot, scheme, plan, lay plans

Antonyms: Inaction, Stoppage

Example Sentence: “they were manoeuvring him into betraying his friend”

  1. yield

Meaning: move out of or away from something and become visible.

Tamil Meaning: வெளிப்பட்டது / வெளிப்பாடு

Synonyms: Produce, bear, give, supply

Antonyms: Debt, Payment

Example Sentence: “this method yields the same results”

  1. leverage

Meaning: the power to influence a person or situation.

Synonyms: influence, power, authority, weight

Antonyms: Weakness

Example Sentence: “the right wing had lost much of its political leverage in the Assembly”

Check the other – THE HINDU EDITORIAL vocabulary words from previous days in THE HINDU EDITORIAL section which has bilingual meanings. 


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