The Editorial for the day is about the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to UK recently . Let's have a look at the words used in this editorial which are not so commonly used.
(A) Narendra Modi & Jawaharlal Nehru (Please read the article first and then come back to us. We are only covering the English Words)
1. The praise and the miss displayed the strategic manner in which the Bharatiya Janata Party and its ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, have tactfully used and baited Nehru.
(a) baited - to intentionally make a person angry by saying or doing things to annoy them.
2. Nehru’s idea of India — privileging citizenry, secularism and rationalism — is of course at odds with the Right’s ideology, with its cultural nationalism and strident majoritarianism slant.
(a) strident - expressing or expressed in forceful language that does not try to avoid upsetting other people.
(b) slant - to present information in a particular way, especially showing one group of people, one side of an argument, etc. in such a positive or negative way that it is unfair.
More examples: The police claimed that reports in the media were slanted against/towards the defendant.
3. Modern, independent India draws heavily from the ethos that Nehru was devoted to and one which he consciously fostered.
(a) ethos - the set of beliefs, ideas, etc. about the social behaviour and relationships of a person or group.
(b) fostered - to encourage the development or growth of ideas or feelings.
4. But even as the Sangh bristles against Nehru’s liberal legacy, the BJP’s top leaders seek to place themselves in a chronological line.
(a) bristles - to react angrily.
More examples: She bristled at the suggestion that she had in any way neglected the child.
5. The office of the Prime Minister of India draws much of its aura from the man who first occupied it.
(a) aura - a feeling or character that a person or place seems to have.
More examples: The woods have an aura of mystery.
6. Therefore the routine personal jibes, the references to his western demeanour, his easy camaraderie with women.
(a) jibes - to make insulting remarks that are intended to make someone look stupid.
(b) demeanour - a way of looking and behaving
More examples: There was nothing in his demeanour that suggested he was anxious.
(c) camaraderie - a feeling of friendliness towards people that you work or share an experience with.
More examples: When you've been climbing alone for hours, there's a tremendous sense of camaraderie when you meet another climber.
7. In doing so, it straitjackets his legacy so that it becomes that much more easily attackable.
(a) straitjackets- something that severely limits development or activity in a way that is damaging
More examples: He refused to be fitted into any ideological straitjacket.