IBPS Clerk 2020 Notification was released recently. Have you started preparing for the Prelims exam? Well! The Prelims is slated to be held on December 5, 2020, leaving you around 74 days for your preparation. One of the sections which bank aspirants are afraid is the English Language section. But the good news is that you can improve on your preparation of English Language section in these 74 days. You can start with improving your vocabulary as it is an important key to score good marks in this section whether it is reading comprehension, fillers, parajumbles or any other topic.
To help you with your vocabulary, we have come up with a series of Hindu Editorial Analysis where we pick that day’s editorial of The Hindu and cherrypick the difficult word/phrases used. We put the contextual meaning of the word next to that word so that you can immediately look at the meaning and don’t face any interruption while reading it. When you come across a difficult word while reading an article and know its meaning immediately, chances are high that you will retain that meaning. Doing this exercise on a regular basis will help you in improving your word power. Let’s now have a look at today’s editorial.
|Difficult Word/ Phrase||Contextual Meaning|
|Point of order||a query in a formal debate or meeting as to whether correct procedure is being followed|
|abridge||curtail (a right or privilege)|
|unprecedented||never done or known before|
|brazenness||behaviour in which someone does something in a very obvious way, without trying to hide it|
|unambiguous||not open to more than one interpretation|
|disingenuous||not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does|
|din||a loud, unpleasant, and prolonged noise|
|skulduggery||underhanded or unscrupulous behavior; trickery|
|sacrosanct||(of a principle) regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with|
|benevolence||the quality of being well meaning; kindness|
A point of order (a query in a formal debate or meeting as to whether correct procedure is being followed): On farm bills
Parliament must not abridge (curtail (a right or privilege)) right of MPs to take a stand in debates and votes
Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh’s refusal to conduct a division of votes on two controversial pieces of legislation on Sunday, despite persistent demands from members, was unprecedented (never done or known before) in its sheer brazenness (behaviour in which someone does something in a very obvious way, without trying to hide it). The Bills in question have been challenged on constitutional and practical grounds, but that is a different point. The rules of procedure regarding voting are unambiguous (not open to more than one interpretation) that if a voice vote is challenged, “votes shall be taken by operating the automatic vote recorder or by the members going into the Lobbies”. Even if a single member demands a division, it is required to be carried out. Quite often, a division of vote is demanded even when the outcome is predictable, in order to bring on record the positions of parties and members on a particular bill. The explanation that members were not demanding a division from their seats and the House was not in order is disingenuous (not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does). To begin with, the disorder was triggered by the Chair’s refusal to order a division. And curiously, the Chair went on to declare the Bills passed amid the din (a loud, unpleasant, and prolonged noise), this time unaffected by disorder. Significant amendments were sought and several parties had demanded that they be referred to a parliamentary select committee. The government’s claim that it had the numbers to pass the Bills is dubious in the wake of the skulduggery (underhanded or unscrupulous behavior; trickery) it deployed for their passage. In any case, regardless of which side has the majority, procedure is sacrosanct ((of a principle) regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with) and voting is the foremost tool of establishing parliamentary authority. It cannot be reduced to an act of benevolence (the quality of being well meaning; kindness) by the Chair or the executive.
The chaos that followed in the Upper House, though not unprecedented, was unsavoury. Parliament is a deliberative forum and not a theatre for protest demonstration. Regardless of the provocation, the Opposition should have adhered to decorum while articulating its concerns. But, meaningful parliamentary discussions have become infrequent, and the voice of the Opposition is often ignored. Upper House functions have been significantly curtailed by the arbitrary labelling of money bills, which bypass it. The flat out denial of a division of votes was a new low in parliamentary history. Not stopping there, eight Opposition members were suspended for one week while notice for a no-confidence motion against the Deputy Chairman was rejected at the threshold by Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu. Opposition parties have now petitioned President Ram Nath Kovind to not give assent to the two Bills passed by voice vote. There must be immediate efforts led by the executive to restore the effective and meaningful functioning of Parliament.
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