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The fresh peace deal announced by Bogota and the rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) may look no less fragile than the previous accord that Colombians rejected in a referendum in October. But signs that the gathering economic momentum depends on lasting reconciliation could trump other outstanding concerns. The current endeavour to secure peace has been four years and more in the making. It involved political heavyweights in Latin America and beyond, whose influence should make a reversal of recent gains especially difficult. The Nobel Peace Prize, awarded days after the referendum reversal, has enhanced the stature of President Juan Manuel Santos as a relentless crusader for peace in the midst of formidable if not insurmountable hurdles. But it is not inconceivable that having had the earlier accord rejected in a vote, the risks of a repeat referendum, or alternatively the moral and political deficit likely to arise from dispensing with one in this instance, will cast a shadow over the current effort. Foremost is the question whether the leaders of the FARC should be allowed to participate in the political process. President Santos has defended the retention of the provision in the revised deal, arguing that the promise of a legitimate route to politics for rebel groups has been the hallmark of any peace process the world over. Those opposed to the deal contend that according political eligibility to criminals who have not been brought to justice amounts to a violation of the rule of law.
In fact, the popular perception that the government was seeking to reward top FARC leaders with public office had decisively tilted voter sentiment against the deal in the October vote. The mere provision to obtain an inventory of the assets of rebels, with a view to compensate victims, or to elicit disclosures on the drug mafia, may not be enough to placate the people. Former President Alvaro Uribe, who spearheaded the No campaign, has yet to pronounce on the new agreement. But Mr. Santos and Mr. Uribe, erstwhile allies, must be acutely sensitive to the economic implications of continued political instability, in their search for a reasonable compromise. The commodities downturn has hit Colombia’s economy hard, and the government has already scaled down expectations of a boost to the tourism and agriculture sectors from the peace accord. Yet, the President’s proactive engagement with the international community to attract investment, and Washington’s backing for the peace accord, hold out the promise of a return to prosperity. A peace deal would help win over investors.


Important Words in the article & their Meaning 

1. Fragile (adjective) (नाज़ुक) – (of an object) easily broken or damaged
Synonyms – delicate, infirm
Antonyms – healthy, strong
Ex: The toys were so fragile my dog destroyed them within minutes.

2. Endeavour (verb) (प्रयास)– try hard to do or achieve something
Synonyms – venture, attempt
Ex: The manuscript for the musical was a collaborative endeavor that included two writers, a composer, and a lyricist.

3. Stature (noun) (महानता)– importance or reputation gained by ability or achievement
Synonyms – prestige, dignity
Antonyms – impotence, decrease
Ex: When the billionaire lost all of his money, he lost his stature in the social world.

4. Crusader (noun) (योद्धा)– a person who campaigns vigorously for political, social, or religious change; a campaigner
Synonyms – agitator, radical
Ex: Rick dropped out of college for a year so he could devote himself to the crusade to spread Christianity.

5. Formidable (adjective) (दुर्जेय) – inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable
Synonyms – daunting, terrific
Antonyms – feeble, friendly
Ex: Growing tomato crops during a severe drought proved to be formidable for one farmer.

6. Insurmountable (adjective) (अति कठिन)– too great to be overcome
Synonyms – hopeless, inaccessible
Antonyms – defeatable, possible
Ex: When there are seemingly insurmountable obstacles in a hostage situation, the chief sends in the SWAT team.

7. Inconceivable (adjective) (समझ से बाहर) – not capable of being imagined or grasped mentally, unbelievable
Synonyms – rare, fantastic
Antonyms – familiar, normal
Ex: When I looked at my outrageous hospital bill, I blinked at the inconceivable amount.

8. Dispensing (verb) (वितरण) – manage without or get rid of
Synonyms – allocate, furnish
Antonyms – conceal, collect
Ex: This was a box to store cocaine in with its own dispensing.

9. Legitimate (adjective) (वैध) – able to be defended with logic or justification, valid
Synonyms – appropriate, reasonable
Antonyms – improper, incorrect
Ex: There are many online check offers that are not legitimate and could end up costing you money.

10. Perception (noun) (अनुभूति) – the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses
Synonyms – recognition, concept
Antonyms – concrete, ignorance
Ex: The normal limits to human perception.
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