A fresh deadline: The Hindu Editorial

A fresh deadline: on framing Cauvery scheme: The Hindu Editorial

A fresh deadline: on framing Cauvery scheme: The Hindu Editorial
The Centre cannot continue to evade its legal obligation to create a mechanism to implement the Supreme Court’s final verdict in the Cauvery dispute. This was the broad message conveyed by the court on Monday when it admonished the government for failing to frame a scheme within the six-week time limit given earlier. For the Centre, it was embarrassing to be asked to demonstrate its bona fides by submitting a draft scheme for the court’s consideration by May 3. The court’s frustration was evident, as the Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India was surprised and disappointed that the Centre had not put a scheme in place or sought an early clarification. It is obvious that a decree on the sharing of water requires a mechanism to give effect to it. It is an evasion of responsibility on the Centre’s part to set off a round of litigation just to determine the nature of such a mechanism. At the same time, it is easy to understand the reluctance of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre. It clearly fears that framing a scheme may adversely affect its prospects in Karnataka, which goes to the polls next month. In the conflict between duty and electoral considerations, the BJP has chosen the latter.
It is a matter of satisfaction that the apex court has indicated that it will pass a binding order soon. The Centre should redeem itself by complying with the latest order. Meanwhile, the ambiguity over whether ‘scheme’ refers to or differs from the ‘Cauvery Management Board’ envisaged in the Cauvery Tribunal’s order has caused great disquiet in Tamil Nadu. This raises the question whether the court should have allowed an element of ambiguity in its judgment by referring to a ‘scheme’, while not expressly modifying the portion of the Tribunal’s order that talks of a ‘Cauvery Management Board’ and a ‘Cauvery Water Regulation Committee’. This is why even the court’s appeal for peace has not assuaged sentiments in Tamil Nadu, where tempers are soaring in some quarters. Unfortunately, a fringe has taken centre stage, focussing almost their entire protest on the Indian Premier League tournament. As a political tacticthreatening a hugely popular cricket tournament is bound to attract national attention. If this is what some of the protestors wanted, then they have succeeded in their objective, even if this has come at the cost of some disruption. However, targeting the IPL is irrational. If the premise is that fun and entertainment are inappropriate in this time of crisis, why pick on one tournament alone? Moreover, IPL matches have nothing to do with the Cauvery dispute; more importantly, they have nothing to with either the Centre or the State. Choosing a soft target may bring high visibility, but it makes no sense to mix a serious inter-State dispute with sport and entertainment — certainly not in a disruptive and violent manner.


 LEARN VOCABULARY FROM THE HINDU EDITORIAL 

1) Evade
Meaning: Escape or avoid (someone or something), especially by guile or trickery.
Example: “Friends helped him to evade capture for a time”
Synonyms: Elude, Avoid.
2) Verdict
Meaning: A decision on an issue of fact in a civil or criminal case or an inquest.
Example: “The jury returned a verdict of not guilty”
Synonyms: Judgement, Adjudication.
3) Admonish
Meaning: Advise or urge (someone) earnestly.
Example: “She admonished him to drink no more than one glass of wine”
Synonyms: Advise, Recommend.
4) Embarrass
Meaning: Cause (someone) to feel awkward, self-conscious, or ashamed.
Example: “She wouldn’t embarrass either of them by making a scene”
Synonyms: Shame, Humiliate.
5) Frustration
Meaning: The feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something.
Example: “Tears of frustration rolled down her cheeks”
Synonyms: Exasperation, Annoyance.
6) Obvious
Meaning: Easily perceived or understood; clear, self-evident, or apparent.
Example: “Unemployment has been the most obvious cost of the recession”
Synonyms: Clear, Plain.
7) Decree
Meaning: An official order that has the force of law.
Example: “The decree guaranteed freedom of assembly”
Synonyms: Order, Edict.
8) Evasion
Meaning: The action of evading something.
Example: “Their adroit evasion of almost all questions”
Synonyms: Avoidance.
Antonyms: Confrontation.
9) Set off
Meaning: Begin a journey.
Example: “They set off together in the small car”
Synonyms: Set out, Start out.
10) Litigation
Meaning: The process of taking legal action.
Example: “The company wishes to avoid litigation”
Synonyms: Legal action, Lawsuit.
11) Reluctance
Meaning: Unwillingness or disinclination to do something.
Example: “She sensed his reluctance to continue”
Synonyms: Unwillingness, Disinclination.
12) Conflict
Meaning: A serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one.
Example: “The eternal conflict between the sexes”
Synonyms: Dispute, Quarrel.
13) Redeem
Meaning: Compensate for the faults or bad aspects of.
Example: “A disappointing debate redeemed only by an outstanding speech”
Synonyms: Rescue, Justify.
14) Comply
Meaning: Act in accordance with a wish or command.
Example: “We are unable to comply with your request”
Synonyms: Observe, Obey.
Antonyms: Ignore, Disobey.
15) Ambiguity
Meaning: The quality of being open to more than one interpretation; inexactness.
Example: “We can detect no ambiguity in this section of the Act”
Synonyms: Ambivalence, Equivocation.
Antonyms: Unambiguousness, Transparency
16) Envisage
Meaning: Contemplate or conceive of as a possibility or a desirable future event.
Example: “The Rome Treaty envisaged free movement across frontiers”
Synonyms: Foresee, Predict.
17) Disquiet
Meaning: A feeling of worry or unease.
Example: “Public disquiet about animal testing”
Synonyms: Unease.
18) Assuage
Meaning: Satisfy (an appetite or desire).
Example: “An opportunity occurred to assuage her desire for knowledge”
Synonyms: Satisfy, Fulfil.
19) Temper
Meaning: A person’s state of mind seen in terms of their being angry or calm.
Example: “He rushed out in a very bad temper”
Synonyms: Character, Personality.
20) Soar
Meaning: Fly or rise high in the air.
Example: “The bird spread its wings and soared into the air”
Synonyms: Climb, Rise.
21) Fringe
Meaning: The outer, marginal, or extreme part of an area, group, or sphere of activity.
Example: “His uncles were on the fringes of crooked activity”
Synonyms: Unconventional.
Antonyms: Mainstream, Middle.
22) Tactic
Meaning: An action or strategy carefully planned to achieve a specific end.
Example: “The minority attempted to control the Council by a delaying tactic”
Synonyms: Strategy, Scheme.
23) Threatening
Meaning: Having a hostile or deliberately frightening quality or manner.
Example: “Her mother had received a threatening letter”
Synonyms: Menacing, Intimidating.
24) Disruption
Meaning: Disturbance or problems which interrupt an event, activity, or process.
Example: “The scheme was planned to minimize disruption”
Synonyms: Disturbance, Disordering.
25) Irrational
Meaning: Not logical or reasonable.
Example: “Irrational feelings of hostility”
Synonyms: Unreasonable, Illogical.
Antonyms: Rational, Logical.
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