The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary – Set 134

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 – No clean sweep

Seven years after launching his government’s marquee programmed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the second phase of Swachh Bharat Mission Urban (SBMU) and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), with a fresh promise to make India’s cities clean. For all the attention it has received, the goal of scientific waste management and full sanitation that Mahatma Gandhi emphasized even a century ago remains largely inspirational today, and the recent lament of Principal Economic Adviser Sanjeev Sanyal on dirty, dysfunctional cities drives home the point. That urban India, in his view, is unable to match cities in Vietnam that has a comparable per capita income is a telling commentary on a lack of urban management capacities in spite of the Swachh Bharat programmed enjoying tremendous support. SBMU 2.0, with a ₹1.41lakh crore outlay, aims to focus on garbage free cities and urban grey and black water management in places not covered by AMRUT. In its first phase, the Mission had an outstanding balance of ₹3,532 crore, since the total allocation was ₹14,622 crore while cumulative releases came to ₹11,090 crore. The issue of capability and governance underscores the challenge — of being able to process only about one lakh tones of solid waste per day against 1.4 lakh tones generated — to transition to a circular economy that treats solid and liquid waste as a resource. Raising community involvement in resource recovery, which the rules governing municipal, plastic and electronic waste provide for, calls for a partnership that gives a tangible incentive to households. The current model of issuing mega contracts to big corporations — as opposed to decentralized community level operations for instance — has left segregation of waste at source a nonstarter. In the absence of a scaling up of operations, which can provide large-scale employment, and creation of matching facilities for material recovery, SBMU 2.0 cannot keep pace with the tide of waste in a growing economy. On sanitation, the impressive claim of exceeding the targets for household, community and public toilets thus far obscures the reality that without water connections, many of them are unusable, and in public places, left in decrepitude. State and municipal governments, which do the heavy lifting on waste and sanitation issues, should work to increase community ownership of the system. As things stand, it is a long road to Open Defecation Free plus (ODF+) status for urban India, since that requires no recorded case of open defecation and for all public toilets to be maintained and functioning. Equally, the high ambition of achieving 100% tap water supply in about 4,700 urban local bodies and sewerage and septage in 500 AMRUT cities depends crucially on making at least good public rental housing accessible to millions of people.


The Hindu Editorial Words with meanings, synonyms, and antonyms 


Marquee (noun) – A large tent used for social or commercial functions

Synonyms – Awning, canopy, velarium, brolly, parasol

Antonyms – Uncover, undistinguished, unknown, inferior


Lament (noun) – A passionate expression of grief or sorrow

Synonyms – Moan, dirge, groan, sobbing, epicedium

Antonyms – Exult, rejoice, savor, revel, relish


Tremendous (adjective) – Very great in amount, scale, or intensity

Synonyms – Enormous, colossal, prodigious, whacking, gigantic

Antonyms – Petite, dinky, diminutive, midget, bitty


Outlay (noun) – An amount of money spent on something

Synonyms – Disbursement, ransom, reckoning, splurge, squander

Antonyms – Stipend, boon, emolument, blessing, savings


Transition (noun) – The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another

Synonyms – Adaptation, vicissitude, mutation, flux, gradation

Antonyms –Enduring, immortal, perpetual, eternal, undying


Segregation (noun) – The action or state of setting someone or something apart from others

Synonyms – Insulation, seclusion, incarceration, internment, sequestration

Antonyms – Melding, juncture, coalescence, hookup, consolidation


 Obscures (verb) – Keep from being seen

Synonyms –Dubious, abstruse, recondite, esoteric, shroud

Antonyms –Pellucid, fathomable, explicit, palpable, blatant


Defecation (noun) – The discharge of feces from the body

Synonyms – Whoopsies, egestion, crapping, poohing, expurgation

Antonyms –Accretion, accepts, fail, receive, be willing


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