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The importance of reading editorials of reputed newspapers is not hidden from anybody. What causes obstruction are difficult words which act like speed-breakers forcing you to either refer to a dictionary for its meaning or simply guess it. While getting the meaning from the dictionary is the best way to understand it, sometimes a dictionary is not within your reach. Also, a number of aspirants get confused when they see more than one meaning next to a word in a dictionary. It becomes a difficult process for them to pick the relevant meaning.

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Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Meaning
unwaveringsteady or resolute
impositionthe action or process of imposing something or of being imposed
Cut no icehave no influence or effect
unisonsimultaneous performance of action or utterance of speech
waryfeeling or showing caution about possible dangers or problems
Pave the wayMake progress or development easier
pilotedtest (a plan, project, etc.) before introducing it more widely
attributedregard something as being caused by (someone or something)
toutedattempt to sell (something), typically by pestering people in an aggressive or bold manner
testimony

Language of unity: on rejection of the three-language formula

States must be allowed to follow their own language policy

By rejecting the three-language formula advocated in the National Education Policy (NEP 2020), Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami has only reiterated the State’s unwavering (steady or resolute) position on an emotive and political issue. Its two-language policy, implemented decades ago after a historic agitation against the imposition (the action or process of imposing something or of being imposed) of Hindi, remains non-negotiable for almost the entire political class. Opposition from the State had last year forced the Centre to amend the draft NEP and withdraw a proposal to teach Hindi as a third language in schools in non-Hindi speaking States. Yet in the NEP, approved by the Union Cabinet last week, it chose to push for the three-language formula, packaging it as a means to promote multilingualism and “national unity”. Though the policy said that no language will be imposed on any State, it has expectedly cut no ice (have no influence or effect) with parties in Tamil Nadu, which have risen in near unison (simultaneous performance of action or utterance of speech) to oppose the proposal. In fact, Mr. Palaniswami, citing “collective sentiments” of the people, noted that the proposal was “saddening and painful” and appealed to the Prime Minister to allow States to follow their own language policy. In a State that resisted multiple attempts to impose Hindi since 1937, political parties are understandably wary (feeling or showing caution about possible dangers or problems) of any mandate to impart an additional language in schools. They fear this would eventually pave the way (make progress or development easier) for Hindi to enter the State through the back door. Since 1985, the State has even refused to allow Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas to be set up as they teach Hindi.

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The two-language policy of Tamil and English, piloted (test (a plan, project, etc.) before introducing it more widely.) by former Chief Minister C.N. Annadurai in 1968, has thus far worked well in the State. In a liberalised world, more windows to the world are being opened up for those proficient in English, a global link language. The State’s significant human resources contribution to the ever-expanding IT sector is also attributed (regard something as being caused by (someone or something)) to the English fluency of its recruits as much as to their technical knowledge. There is this counter-argument that Tamil Nadu is depriving students of an opportunity to learn Hindi, touted (attempt to sell (something), typically by pestering people in an aggressive or bold manner) as a national link language. However, its voluntary learning has never been restricted and the growth over the past decade in the number of CBSE schools, where the language is taught, would bear testimony (a formal written or spoken statement, especially one given in a court of law) to this. The patronage for the 102-year-old Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha, based in Chennai, also proves this. In the Sabha’s centenary year, Tamil Nadu accounted for 73% of active Hindi pracharaks (teachers) in South India. Out of necessity, many in the State have picked up conversational Hindi to engage with the migrant population that feeds the labour needs from factories to hair salons. Only compulsion is met with resistance. India’s federal nature and diversity demand that no regional language is given supremacy over another.

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We hope you have got some new words to learn and augment your vocabulary. Do let us know in the comments section below. Improve your word power further by referring to such previously published lists. Also, download the list of word-meaning of The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary Free PDFs of March, April, May, June & July 2020 and keep revising these words on a regular basis. Also, take a Free Mock Test of IBPS PO 2020 Prelims.

 

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