The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary – Set 143

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.


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With the Gati Shakti National Master Plan that he launched on October 13, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expanded on the familiar theme that India’s slowing economic growth engine can find renewed momentum through major infrastructure upgrades that will cut logistics costs for industry and raise all-round efficiency. Essentially a techno-centric administrative initiative that promises silo-breaking integration of 16 Ministries including railways, roads, and ports through information technology, satellite mapping, and data tools, the programmed seeks to appeal to the national imagination as an umbrella integrator of ₹111-lakh crore worth of projects under the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) for 2020-25. The importance is given in the plan to rail-road multimodal connectivity and higher share of freight for the railways — articulated also by NITI Aayog — has evident multiple benefits. This includes reducing the cost of logistics to GDP that has prevailed at about 14% even at the time the NDA government took office, to an inspirational 8%. There is also the challenge of reducing vehicular emissions from road freight growth in order to meet climate change commitments and containing input costs due to extraordinarily high taxes on diesel. A similar fillip to efficiency in port operations can increase cargo handling capacity and cut vessel turnaround time. Evidently, States have a crucial role in all this, considering that key pieces of the plan such as port linkages and land availability for highways, railways, industrial clusters, and corridors depend on political consensus and active partnership. The observations in the Economic Survey for 2020-21 underscore the role of active Centre-State partnerships for infrastructure building. The Survey projects maximum investments towards NIP sectors such as energy, roads, urban infrastructure, and railways for FY 2021 and 22, with about ₹8.5-lakh crore to be invested by either side annually, besides ₹4.5-lakh crore per year from the private sector. There is a steep gradient to cover here, as the effects of COVID-19 continue to be felt in terms of lost jobs, depressed wages, and consumption, while the planners are pinning their hopes on infrastructure projects for a new deal outcome that will boost jobs and demand for goods and commodities, besides attracting major investments. Significant delays to projects can often be traced to incompatible and hostile land acquisition decisions that alienate communities or threaten to violate environmental integrity. Given the Centre’s preference for Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing to identify potential industrial areas, policymakers would do well to reclaim lands already subjected to degradation and pollution, rather than alienate controversial new parcels. Convincing citizens that they stand to benefit from such grand plans through better social welfare, lower service costs and higher efficiencies, and respecting federal boundaries while dealing with the States are other imperatives.


The Hindu Editorial Words with meanings, synonyms, and antonyms 


Initiative (noun) – The ability, and usually motivation, to assess and initiate things independently

Synonyms – Verve, gumption, spunk, zing, hustle

Antonyms – Ennui, boredom, inertia, torpor, reluctance


Evident (adjective) – Clearly seen or understood

Synonyms – Blatant, glaring, axiomatic, pellucid, luculent

Antonyms – Debatable, perplexing, abstruse, fuzzy, murky


Prevailed (verb) – Prove more powerful or superior

Synonyms – Squeak, breeze, romp, sweep, conquer

Antonyms – Slump, collapse, flop, wane, flounder


Fillip (noun) – Something which acts as a stimulus or boost to an activity

Synonyms – Pique, sway, resuscitate, imbue, prick

Antonyms –Enervate, disenchant, daunt, stifle, stultify


Steep (adjective) – Very sudden or rapid

Synonyms – Sheer, hasty, alacritous, frenzied, ardent

Antonyms – Squat, dwarfed, trivial, temperate, sophisticated


 Gradient (noun) – A measure of the steepness of a slope

Synonyms –Lean, rake, pitch, ascent, inclination

Antonyms –Declension, receding, declivity, hanging, descent


Incompatible (adjective) – Not being in agreement or harmony

Synonyms –Discrepant, antipodal, antagonistic, repugnant, clashing

Antonyms –Accordant, congruent, harmonious, akin, conformable


Alienate (verb) – Make (someone) feel isolated or estranged.

Synonyms –Envenom, incense, infuriate, madden, rankle

Antonyms –Endear, ingratiate, mollify, propitiate, placate


Imperatives (noun) – An essential or urgent thing

Synonyms –Exigent, incumbent, fateful, basal, expedient

Antonyms –Trifling, redundant, piddling, frivolous, nugatory


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