The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary – Set 129

The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary Words with Meanings for various Exams: SBI PO/Clerk, IBPS PO/Clerk, RRB, RBI, LIC, NABARD, SEBI, SSC, UPSC, IPPB, etc.

We are providing vocabulary words from the Editorial articles in The Hindu newspaper which is important for all the upcoming competitive exams. Add some more words to your English vocabulary words list.


TOPIC – Junior council

No member of the previous Council of Ministers has found a place in the reconstituted Ministry led by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel in Gujarat. Of the 25 member council of the BJP, nine members including the Chief Minister are first time legislators. Only three members have any previous ministerial experience. Ten are cabinet rank Ministers, five are MoS with independent charge and nine are MoS. Seven belong to the Patidar community, which got the lion’s share; there are four from STs, two from SC communities, and eight from the various OBC castes. The BJP hopes to blunt the ant incumbency sentiment against it before the State goes to polls next year through this clinical scrubbing. The party has been in power since 1998 without a break. Over the years, several Ministers had become power centers, and many were accused of being arrogant and aloof. The previous Vijay Rupani government had Ministers who continued from councils led by Keshubhai Patel, Narendra Modi and Anandiben Patel. While the Chief Ministers changed, political heavy weights such as Nitin Patel, Kaushik Patel, Bhupendra Singh Chudasama and Saurabh Patel continued as influential Ministers. They have all been eased out this time. Whether they will quietly fade away or create trouble for the new Chief Minister is an open question. The BJP has done a balancing act in ensuring representation for major castes and communities, while cutting out veterans to rope in fresh faces. Purshottam Solanki, who served as a junior Minister in all BJP governments due to his formidable hold over the numerically strong Koli community in the Saurashtra region, has been dropped. Three Koli leaders who have been inducted are not influential beyond their own seats. Similarly, tribal representatives in the council are also relative lightweights. The BJP may be raising a new leadership for the party among different communities and regions to tackle the many barriers in its path to yet another Assembly victory, and beyond. Some leaders sidelined in the past by the party tried to revolt, but few survived eventually. The change of guard in Gujarat and the composition of the new Council of Ministers suggest that the party leaders in the State have little autonomy or control over their own fate. The blueprint of the BJP’s Gujarat strategy is firmly in the control of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. They draw their strength considerably from their control of the party’s Gujarat government. The new council is indebted to the central leadership, at least to begin with. The question is whether they can marshal enough support for the BJP’s continuing dominance in a State that is critical for its national hegemony.

The Hindu Editorial Words with meanings, synonyms, and antonyms 


Blunt (adjective) – Not having a sharp edge or point

Synonyms – Unceremonious, indelicate, frank, dulled, bluff

Antonyms – Subtle, tactful, sharpen, hone, intensify


Incumbency (noun) – The holding of an office or the period during which one is held

Synonyms – Devoir, imperative, compact, duress, restraint

Antonyms – Waiver, loophole, exemption, ease, grace


Arrogant (adjective) – Having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities

Synonyms – Haughty, hubristic, pompous, swaggering, opinionated

Antonyms – Bashful, cringing, unobtrusive, meek, unpretentious


Aloof (adjective) – Not friendly or forthcoming; cool and distant

Synonyms – Forbidding, stiff, austere, disdainful, supercilious

Antonyms – Convivial, congenial, folksy, garrulous, gregarious


Veterans (noun) – A person who has had long experience in a particular field

Synonyms – Proficient, virtuoso, doyen, consummate, adept

Antonyms –Novitiate, dilettante, entrant, probationer, newbie


Formidable (adjective) – Inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable

Synonyms – Daunting, intimidating, strenuous, colossal, onerous

Antonyms – Consoling, lulling, pacifying, soothing, facile


 Fate (verb) – Be destined to happen, turn out, or act in a particular way

Synonyms –Doom, nemesis, upshot, providence, kismet

Antonyms –Impetus, spring, antecedent, determinant, instigation


Dominance (noun) – Power and influence over others

Synonyms –Scepter, sway, eminence, prerogative, clutch

Antonyms –Inferiority, obscureness, mediocrity, impotency, weakness


Hegemony (noun) – Leadership or dominance, especially by one state or social group over others

Synonyms –Paramountcy, predomination, primacy, ascendancy, supremacy

Antonyms –Subjugation, conquest, servility, subservience, subduing


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