The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary– December 7, 2023; Day 506
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Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Traverse To cover or extend over an area or time period
Harness control
Endow Give qualities or abilities to
Turn out Prove to be in the result or end
Land up Finally be or do something
Endear Make attractive or lovable
Rapport A relationship of mutual understanding or trust and agreement between people
Galnavise To stimulate to action
Fall in line Agree on (a position)
Motif Pattern 
Aggrieved Emotionally hurt, upset or annoyed
Plank An endorsed policy in the platform of a political party
Embellish Make appear better or greater (in power, wealth, quality, etc.) than reality
Array An orderly arrangement
Ripple effect The effect of an event setting off other events in an unexpected way, or in unexpected areas

Power to the people: On Telangana as a potentially rewarding challenge for the Congress

The Congress has an opportunity to demonstrate its governance model in Telangana 

Anumula Revanth Reddy has traversed (To cover or extend over an area or time period) a long political distance to emerge as the Congress Chief Minister of India’s youngest State, Telangana. Not restrained by ideological harnesses (control), fired up by burning ambition, and endowed (Give qualities or abilities to) with the capacity to work hard, Mr. Reddy and the Congress turned out (Prove to be in the result or end) to be a perfect fit for each other. Leaving behind his many past lives, including in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and the Telugu Desam Party, he arrived in the Congress, in 2017. His rise within the party has been as impressive as the rise of the Congress itself, and perhaps both are linked. The threat that Mr. Reddy posed to his chair was sensed early on by the outgoing Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao (KCR), which partly explains how he landed up (Finally be or do something) on the wrong side of the law in a sensational bribe for vote case. But nothing would break the momentum of Mr. Reddy. His relentless campaign against KCR endeared (Make attractive or lovable) him to an expanding segment of voters who thought many in the Opposition camp were not being true to their roles. Mr. Reddy developed a good rapport (A relationship of mutual understanding or trust and agreement between people) with the central leadership of the Congress, and galvanised (To stimulate to action) enough momentum for the party that other leaders had no option but to fall in line (Agree on (a position)) with him.

Having climbed the peak, fresh challenges begin for Mr. Reddy and the Congress. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has placed caste justice as a motif (pattern) of his politics, and the party victory in Telangana is indeed built on a multi-caste, multi-religious social coalition. Congress leaders who have stayed with the party through bad times could justifiably feel aggrieved (Emotionally hurt, upset or annoyed) that a later entrant has come on top when the party won power. Of particular note is Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, who was Congress Legislature Party leader in the outgoing Assembly. A Dalit, who walked across the State in a successful mobilisation for the party, he has to be accommodated respectfully if the Congress wants to make its social justice plank (An endorsed policy in the platform of a political party) meaningful and trusted by the masses. The party has 64 MLAs but only 17 can become Ministers besides the Chief Minister. The new government has to keep itself stable with the slim majority it has in the 119 strong Assembly. Considering all these factors, the Congress has made it clear that its Telangana government would not be a ‘one man show’. The Congress has also promised to further embellish (Make appear better or greater (in power, wealth, quality, etc.) than reality) the array (An orderly arrangement) of welfare schemes in the State. The party’s governance and political management in Telangana will also have a ripple effect (The effect of an event setting off other events in an unexpected way, or in unexpected areas) in other States, particularly in Andhra Pradesh. Telangana presents a potentially rewarding challenge for Mr. Reddy and the Congress.

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