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A) Magnificent Mary: on making history at World Boxing Championships


With a sixth World Championship gold, Kom affirms her place as one the greatest boxers

M.C. Mary Kom enhanced her already legendary status when she defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the 48 kg segment of the Women’s World Boxing Championship in Delhi on Saturday. It was her sixth gold across World Championships, drawing her level with Félix Savón, the Cuban great who ruled amateur boxing in the 1980s and 1990s. Kom has always defied the odds. She has busted gender stereotypes, and overcome the odds posed by the lack of resources and poor infrastructure that hold back so much athletic talent in India. In doing so, she firmed up Manipur’s place on India’s talent map, brought India on the world boxing landscape, and reinforced women’s sport by winning consistently with exceptional determination and grace. Kom, who is now 35 and a mother of three, has had a good 2018, winning her maiden Commonwealth Games gold medal earlier this year. She extended that form in Delhi and cemented her place in the history of the World Championships with an overall haul of seven medals, including a silver on debut in 2001. A bronze medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, Kom said that the latest of her six world titles, secured after a gap of eight years, was the toughest of them all. It has come at a time when the competition has risen manifold following the inclusion of women’s boxing as an event in the Olympics in 2012. Kom, who got past other strong opponents before clinching the bout against Okhota, also had to bear the additional pressure of the expectations of home crowds.

In the event, the victory has fuelled further expectations from this late-career burst. Kom will switch to the 51 kg weight class in the pursuit of a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. As a Rajya Sabha member of Parliament and idol for many upcoming women boxers, she has a full schedule, and will be aware that it will take all she has to fight with younger and stronger rivals in a higher weight category. Hailed as ‘Magnificent Mary’ by the International Boxing Association, which has chosen her as its representative in the International Olympic Committee athletes’ forum, Kom has been an inspiration globally. Her rise from a humble background to be an international role model has inspired a book and a Hindi movie chronicling her life. Raffaele Bergamasco, the India coach, sums up Kom’s legend with these words, “Mary in boxing is like Maradona in football.” The gender comparison is crucial too — at a time when the women’s competition at diverse levels and different sporting events is being sought to be placed on a par with the men’s, in terms of infrastructural support and remuneration, Mary Kom’s record will indeed give heart to all women athletes.

B) Temple timing: on the Ram Temple issue


The Centre should not create a political crisis over the Ram temple issue

As the Lok Sabha election draws nearer, the Bharatiya Janata Party and affiliates of the Sangh Parivar have begun mobilisation in the name of a Ram temple at Ayodhya. This is part of an attempt to force a political solution to what is essentially a legal dispute over the title of the land where the Babri Masjid once stood. The show of muscle at the Dharma Sabha of the Vishva Hindu Parishad in Ayodhya was clearly intended to pressure the executive, the judiciary, and the various stakeholders in the dispute to pave the way for the construction of the temple. Although the Supreme Court is seized of the issue, the Sabha appealed to the Muslim community to give up their claims to the land in dispute, and urged the government to expedite the process for construction. The court is due to fix in January 2019 a date for hearing the title suit appeals, and a ruling in the case is unlikely before the general election. But the Sabha was told that the date for the building of the temple would be announced at the 2019 Kumbh Mela. Clearly, for the Hindutva outfits at the forefront of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, the question is when, and not if, a Ram temple will come up at the disputed site. There is no sign of a willingness to wait for, and abide by, the Supreme Court verdict.

BJP president Amit Shah has been reported as saying that the party will wait for the Supreme Court’s hearing in January. But the party has been anything but unequivocal about this position, lending the impression that it is courting a political constituency by speaking in more than one voice. The absence of a clear denial that it is not considering an ordinance as a solution to the legal dispute is another instance of equivocation. Any attempt to bypass the legal process through an executive order will be ill-advised and likely to be struck down by the court. But in a situation where political signalling is what counts, many in the BJP-led government might indeed contemplate such a course. That the government would have liked to have the case decided before the election was made clear by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself when he charged that the Congress had scared the judges of the Supreme Court from giving an early judgment by threatening impeachment. Mr. Modi gave little credit to the Supreme Court in framing the issue in this manner, but his statement is an indication of the political pressures that are brought to bear on this case. The BJP also faces political intimidation on the issue from its far-right ally, the Shiv Sena, which is calling for action on the issue, saying that the government had slept over it for the last four years. The proper course for all stakeholders in the dispute, including political parties, is to step back and leave the issue to the Supreme Court to rule on, and not to stare down the Muslim community. Any attempt to polarise the country over this case must be resisted at every level.


1) enhanced

Meaning : intensify, increase, or further improve the quality, value, or extent of.(v)

Tamil Meaning : அதிகரிக்க

Synonyms : appreciate

Antonyms : decrease

Example : “his refusal does nothing to enhance his reputation”

2) segment

Meaning : each of the parts into which something is or may be divided.(n)

Tamil Meaning : பிரிவில்

Synonyms : division

Antonyms : whole

Example : “a large segment of the local population”

3) defied

Meaning : openly resist or refuse to obey.

Tamil Meaning : எதிர்த்து

Synonyms : confront

Antonyms : aid

Example : “a woman who defies convention”

4) busted

Meaning : break, split, or burst.(v)

Tamil Meaning : அழித்தொழித்த

Synonyms : break

Antonyms : exonerate

Example : “they bust the tunnel wide open”

5) stereotypes

Meaning : a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.(n)

Tamil Meaning : ஒரே மாதிரியான

Synonyms : pattern

Antonyms : difference

Example : “the stereotype of the woman as the carer”

6) firmed

Meaning : make more solid or resilient.(v)

Synonyms : strengthen

Antonyms : dilute

Example : “how can I firm up a sagging bustline?”

7) reinforced

Meaning : strengthen or support (an object or substance), especially with additional material.(v)

Tamil Meaning : வலுப்படுத்தியது

Synonyms : assisted

Antonyms : weak

Example : “the helmet has been reinforced with a double layer of cork”

8) consistent

Meaning : acting or done in the same way over time, especially so as to be fair or accurate(adj).

Tamil Meaning : சீரான

Synonyms : dependable

Antonyms : dishonest

Example : “the parents are being consistent and firm in their reactions”

9) determination

Meaning : the quality of being determined; firmness of purpose.

Tamil Meaning : உறுதியை

Synonyms : assurance

Antonyms : cowardice

Example : “those who succeed because of sheer grit and determination”

10) cemented

Meaning : Settle or establish firmly.(v)

Tamil Meaning : உறுதிப்படுத்தியது

Synonyms : seal

Antonyms : detach

Example : “the two firms are expected to cement an agreement soon”

11) haul

Meaning : (of a person) pull or drag with effort or force.(v), a quantity of something that has been stolen or is possessed illegally.(n)

Synonyms : harvest

Antonyms : loss

Example : “he hauled his bike out of the shed”

12) manifold

Meaning : many and various.(adj)

Tamil Meaning : பன்மடங்கு

Synonyms : assorted

Antonyms : same

Example : “the implications of this decision were manifold”

13) inclusion

Meaning : the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure.

Tamil Meaning : சேர்ப்பதற்காக

Synonyms : admittance

Antonyms : exclusion

Example : “they have been selected for inclusion in the scheme”

14) clinching

Meaning : confirm or settle (a contract or bargain)(v).

Synonyms : assure

Antonyms : delay

Example :”the Texan wanted to impress him to clinch a business deal”

15) bout

Meaning : a short period of intense activity of a specified kind.(n)

Synonyms : round

Antonyms : stagnation

Example : “occasional bouts of strenuous exercise”

16) pursuit

Meaning : the action of pursuing someone or something.

Tamil Meaning : நோக்கத்தில்

Synonyms : hunt

Antonyms : retreat

Example : “the cat crouched in the grass in pursuit of a bird”

17) rivals

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

Tamil Meaning : போட்டியாளர்கள்

Synonyms : challenger

Antonyms : helper

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

18) humble

Meaning : having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s importance.(adj)

Tamil Meaning : தாழ்மையான

Synonyms : courteous

Antonyms : bold

Example : “I felt very humble when meeting her”

19) chronicling

Meaning : record (a series of events) in a factual and detailed way.(V)

Tamil Meaning : வரலாற்றுக்கூறின்

Synonyms : narrate

Antonyms : conceal

Example : “his work chronicles 20th-century migration”

20) diverse

Meaning : showing a great deal of variety; very different.(adj)

Tamil Meaning : பல்வேறு

Synonyms : disparate

Antonyms : same

Example : “a culturally diverse population”

21) sought

Meaning : attempt to find (something).(v)

Tamil Meaning : முயன்று

Synonyms : desired

Example : “they came here to seek shelter from biting winter winds”

22) par

Meaning : play (a hole) in par.(v)

Synonyms : balance

Antonyms : extreme

Example : “he calmly parred the 17th”

23) infrastructural

Meaning : relating to the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.(adj)

Tamil Meaning : உள்கட்டமைப்பு

Synonyms : base

Example : “a strategy for infrastructural development in the region”

24) remuneration

Meaning : money paid for work or a service.(n)

Tamil Meaning : ஊதியம்

Synonyms : compensation

Antonyms : penalize

Example : “they work in excess of their contracted hours for no additional remuneration”

25) indeed

Meaning : used to emphasize a statement or response confirming something already suggested.(adv)

Tamil Meaning : உண்மையில்

Synonyms : absolutely

Antonyms : doubtfully

Example : “it was not expected to last long, and indeed it took less than three weeks”

26) affiliates

Meaning : officially attach or connect (a subsidiary group or a person) to an organization.

Tamil Meaning : துணை

Synonyms : branch

Example : “they are national associations affiliated to larger organizations”

27) intended

Meaning : planned or meant.(adj)

Tamil Meaning : நோக்கம்

Synonyms : contracted

Antonyms : unfixed

Example : “the intended victim escaped”

28) dispute

Meaning : a disagreement or argument.(n)

Tamil Meaning : சர்ச்சை

Synonyms : brawl

Antonyms : accord

Example : “a territorial dispute between the two countries”

29) expedite

Meaning : make (an action or process) happen sooner or be accomplished more quickly.(v)

Tamil Meaning : துரிதப்படுத்த

Synonyms : accelerate

Antonyms : delay

Example : “he promised to expedite economic reforms”

30) pave

Meaning : cover (a piece of ground) with flat stones or bricks; lay paving over.(v)

Tamil Meaning : வகுக்கும்

Synonyms : gravel

Antonyms : strip

Example : “the yard at the front was paved with flagstones”

31) outfits

Meaning : a set of clothes worn together, especially for a particular occasion or purpose.(n)

Tamil Meaning : கைதுசெய்யப்படுவது

Synonyms : appliances

Example : “her wedding outfit”

32) verdict.

Meaning : a decision on an issue of fact in a civil or criminal case or an inquest.

Tamil Meaning : தீர்ப்பு

Synonyms : finding

Antonyms : accusation

Example : “the jury returned a verdict of not guilty”

33) forefront

Meaning : the leading or most important position or place.

Tamil Meaning : முன்னணியில்

Synonyms : fore

Antonyms : background

Example : “the issue has moved to the forefront of the political agenda”

34) unequivocal

Meaning : leaving no doubt; unambiguous.

Tamil Meaning : தெளிவான

Synonyms : absolute

Antonyms : ambiguous

Example : “an unequivocal answer”

35) executive

Meaning : relating to or having the power to put plans or actions into effect.(adj) ,a person with senior managerial responsibility in a business.(n)

Tamil Meaning : நிர்வாகி

Synonyms : governing

Antonyms : subordinate

Example : “an executive chairman”

36) contemplate

Meaning : look thoughtfully for a long time at.(v)

Tamil Meaning : சிந்திக்க

Synonyms : consider

Antonyms : forget

Example : “he contemplated his image in the mirrors”

37) impeachment

Meaning : the action of calling into question the integrity or validity of something.

Tamil Meaning : கண்டனத்தீர்மானத்திற்கு

Synonyms : charge

Antonyms : praise

Example : the prosecutor’s detailed impeachment of the character witness”

38) intimidation

Meaning : the action of intimidating someone, or the state of being intimidated.(n)

Tamil Meaning : மிரட்டல்

Synonyms : coercion

Example : “the intimidation of witnesses and jurors”

39) stare

Meaning : look fixedly or vacantly at someone or something with one’s eyes wide open.

Tamil Meaning : முறைக்க

Synonyms : gawk

Antonyms : ignore

Example :”he stared at her in amazement”

40) polarise

Meaning : restrict the vibrations of (a transverse wave, especially light) wholly or partially to one direction.

Synonyms : separate

Antonyms : combine

Example : “some of the light is polarized so that it vibrates in only one plane”

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