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Article Name: Whats in a rename might as well take this mania to its looniest lengths
Author name: Bachi Karkaria
Source: Times of India
Category: Politics

Summary for this article :

Bachi Karkaria satirically points out the renaming tradition of our infrastructures after selective historians. She pokes fun at this renaming tradition by our politicians who use this as a tool to gain friends and elections and thereby very foolishly squander public funds.

Words to learn from this article :

Culpable: Deserving blame as being guilty of doing something wrong
Battered: Someone who is injured as a result of being beaten up by persistently by successive blows
Honorific: Anhonorific is a title that is used to express respect
Saddled: To burden someone with a difficult task
Propitiated: The act of regaining someone’s favour by appeasing them

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Article Name: Why compulsory voting in India is a bad idea
Author name: The Editorial team
Source: Hindustan Times
Category: Politics

Summary for this article:

The writer in this article says how making voting compulsory need not always work in our favour. Firstly, it kills the option of using the option of not voting as a protest. Secondly, the author reveals through a studythat the increase in voting numbers do not necessarily guarantee quality participation or prove to make the democracy more vibrant. Thirdly, there are chances of increased vote buying by candidates, especially in a country like ours.

The author finally concludes the article, by saying that nobody is against the higher and informed voter turn-out, but instead of opting for the compulsory route let’s use the technology to achieve this.

Words to learn from this article :

Ramifications: An unpleasant outcome of an action

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Article Name:Paint the united colours of India
Author name: Happymon Jacob
Source: The Hindu
Category: Politics

Summary for this article :

The author through this article criticises the Sangh Parivar’s Hindu agenda, which has time and again used the Hindutva path, thereby attempting to put a stain to our secular culture. Citing examples of the government’s attempt to spread the Hindu ideology very rampantly, the author says that the BJP leadership must remember that the sovereign function of the Indian state is not an instrument of the Sangh Parivar’s ideological agenda.

Words to learn from this article :

Plank: A plank is a long, thin and flat piece of wood that is made in a variety of sizes and is used for building purposes
Manifesto: A written statement that publicly declares the intention, motives, opinions or views of the issuer
Unequivocal: Something that is unambiguous and is expressed clearly
Appeases: To pacify someone by fulfilling their demands in order to prevent future disagreements or arguments
Diaspora: The dispersion of people from their homeland

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