Important Vocabulary Notes for Competitive Examinations (Set-184)
1. Debilitate [dih-bil-i-teyt]
Example : Dadabhai Naoroji’s Poverty and un-British rule in India was not merely an indictment of economic imperialism but also served to call the bluff on the claim that the British Empire was necessary to ensure fairness in the governance of an India misgoverned by its native rulers.
2. Indictment [in-dahyt-muh nt]
Example : His suggestion was that British rule in India could hardly be deemed fair if it was associated with a drain of wealth engineered by the colonial state.
3. Deem [deem]
Example : Only, unlike Naoroji’s salvo against the colonial state, today we would want to engage with ours in order to ensure that it is fit for a democracy.
4. Salvo [sal-voh]
Example : It unambiguously refers to attempts to destabilise if not actually destroy India from the outside.
5. Unambiguous [uhn-am-big-yoo-uh s]
6. Destabilise [dee-stey-buh-lahyz]
Example : ‘26/11’ is only the most egregious instance of this.
7. Egregious [ih-gree-juh s, -jee-uh s]
Example : Then, armed thugs had gone about massacring innocent Indians in public spaces in Mumbai.
8. Thug [thuhg]
9. Massacre [mas-uh-ker]
Example : To characterise, as some do, the horror this had evoked across the country as some reactionary nationalism is to miss the threat such terror holds out to the ‘Idea of India’, at its core a vision of diverse people living in harmony.
10. Harmony [hahr-muh-nee]