THE HINDU Editorial Vocabulary-March 15, 2017- Topic 2

On the rocks
The timing of the announcement by Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, to seek a second referendum on independence for Scotland may be no more than strategic. Her call on Monday coincided with the U.K. Parliament’s adoption of a landmark legislation to begin talks to exit the European Union. But Ms. Sturgeon’s move should remind Westminster that the thought of separation from the British union has never fully been excised from the popular imagination in Scotland, despite the resounding 2014 vote to stay. 

THE HINDU Editorial Vocabulary-March 15, 2017- Topic 1

Fresh start in Punjab
The Congress’s victory in Punjab, bagging 77 of the 117 seats in the Assembly elections, comes as a salve for the beleaguered party. This is its first victory in a big State since Karnataka 2013, and it took a particularly feisty campaign led by Amarinder Singh. The party had to fend off not just the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance but also the challenge posed by the Aam Aadmi Party, which had made a significant foray in the State in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. 

THE HINDU Editorial Vocabulary-March 14, 2017- Topic 2

End of a chapter
The removal of a sitting President in South Korea brings to a close one phase in the months-long popular mobilisation to enforce accountability among the high and mighty. This verdict by South Korea’s highest court, upholding Parliament’s vote to impeach Park Geun-hye, could well herald a new era in a land where it has for long been unthinkable to get the powerful to face justice even for serious crimes. Significantly, Parliament’s move in December to unseat Ms. Park by an overwhelming vote had been backed even by legislators from her conservative Saenuri party. 

THE HINDU Editorial Vocabulary-March 14, 2017- Topic 1

Assembly election results: U.P. and away
 In the post-Mandal era, Uttar Pradesh, the country’s most populous State that is made up of diverse regions, has rarely witnessed a landslide, leave alone of such dimensions, in an Assembly election. As the State went to the polls, there was a clutch of arguments marshalled by sundry political commentators on why the BJP could not repeat its huge sweep in the 2014 Lok Sabha election — the magnitude of which had surprised the party itself as much as its rivals. 

THE HINDU Editorial Vocabulary-March 13, 2017- Topic 2

First among unequals (Part – II)
If Uttarakhand, as in the case of Uttar Pradesh, stuck to the 2014 script, Punjab voted very differentlyThe BJP was only a junior partner in the alliance led by the Shiromani Akali Dal. Also, the alliance suffered greatly from the anti-incumbency factor, having completed two terms in office. Actually, Punjab was more important for the Congress than it was for the BJP. 

THE HINDU Editorial Vocabulary-March 13, 2017- Topic 1

First among unequals (Part – I)
Five Assembly elections in five different States cannot possibly have one running national theme. But when one of them is in Uttar Pradesh, with the largest electorate in the country by far, the debate inevitably moves to the possible pointers for the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Even if the Bharatiya Janata Party’s victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand was expected, the more than three-fourths majority was a surprise to supporters and detractors alike.