The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary – Set 30

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 The Hindu newspaper which are important for the all upcoming competitive exams. Add some more words to your English vocabulary words list.

TOPIC – Belated, but bold

The government’s spending plans for 2021­22 hinge on better compliance lifting tax collections, and an ambitious plan to raise non­tax revenue. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced large­scale monetization of government sector assets, including vast tracts of land, and is banking on disinvestment receipts of ₹1.75­lakh crore. This includes likely inflows from the strategic sale of entities such as Air India and BPCL, carried forward from this year’s plans. The listing of LIC could be completed as well, with necessary amendments in the Finance Bill, and that alone could bolster the revenue kitty. Most significant, however, is the new strategic disinvestment policy for public sector enterprises and the promise to privatise two public sector banks and a general insurance company in the year. The policy promised as part of the Atma Nirbhar Bharat package, states the government will exit all businesses in non­strategic sectors, with only a ‘bare minimum’ presence in four broad sectors. These strategic sectors are — atomic energy, space and defence; transport and telecom; power, petroleum, coal and other minerals; and banking and financial services. In India’s brief but tortuous history of disinvestment since it began listing PSUs on the stock markets through minority stake sales in the 1990s, this is undoubtedly the boldest stance yet. On intent, it goes further than the A.B. Vajpayee government’s sales of a dozen­odd PSUs, from hotels to bread makers. Some, including Balco and Hindustan Zinc, where the government still has residual minority stakes, have fared much better under private management. It can be no one’s case that India’s public sector remains at the ‘commanding heights’ of the economy. Apart from raising precious revenues, the sale or closure of such firms will help the exchequer stop throwing good money after bad, and funnel it into more productive endeavours. It is not clear why it took the Narendra Modi administration so long to articulate this plan or make headway on this front even without such a blueprint, as the PM had declared, back in 2014, that the government had no business being in business. Now that the policy is in place, tactful execution will be as critical as dealing with the usual pockets of resistance that would crop up. While stock markets are on a high, the financial capacity of potential bidders may not be optimal, thanks to the pandemic. Among its multiple challenges, the government will need to create confidence in the sale processes, ensure a semblance of fair valuations, give officers some cover from potential post­transaction witch­hunts by auditors and investigating agencies, sequence the sales so that the economy does not face shocks or create monopolies, and most of all, manage electoral pressures in jurisdictions where these units would be located. A single controversial transaction could scuttle the momentum behind such a plan and India can ill afford it.


The Hindu Editorial Words with meanings, synonyms and antonyms 


Hinge (noun) – a joint that holds two parts together so that one can swing relative to the other

Synonyms – pivot, link, articulating, depend, buckle

Antonyms – assail, challenge, check, combat, controvert


Tracts (noun) – an extended area of land

Synonyms – pamphlets, leaflets, article, brochures, pathway

Antonyms – wholes


Bolster (verb) – support and strengthen

Synonyms – reinforce, buttress, boost, fortify, brace

Antonyms – undermine, hinder, agitate, injure, halt


Tortuous (adjective) – highly complex

Synonyms – winding, convoluted, serpentine, labyrinthine, sinuous

Antonyms – direct, straight, admissible, angelic


Stance (noun) – a rationalized mental attitude

Synonyms – position, attitude, perspective, slant, idea

Antonyms – unsteadiness, malingering, truancy, deface


Endeavours (verb) – attempt by employing effort

Synonyms – attempts, exertions, strivings, strove

Antonyms – abandon, avoid, distraction, idleness, inertia


Resistance (noun) – the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with

Synonyms – opposition, defiance, immunity, impedance, dissent

Antonyms – acceptance, patience, submission, alacrity, empathy


Optimal (adjective) – most desirable possible under a restriction expressed

Synonyms – ideal, perfect, peerless, finest,

Antonyms – worst, mediocre, imperfect, nasty, bastard


Scuttle (verb) – to move about or proceed hurriedly

Synonyms – dash, scurry, scamper, wreck, frustrate

Antonyms – dawdle, decelerate, crawl, linger, creep

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