Times of India Editorial & Vocabulary – India must take up Punjab terror strongly with UK, Canada

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India must take up Punjab terror strongly with UK, Canada

The attack on the Nirankari sect in their prayer hall, killing three people and injuring two dozen others on Sunday afternoon in Amritsar may indicate that Pakistan’s ISI is trying to revive its K2 strategy of cross-border terror in  Kashmir and Khalistan, to destabilize India.

In August this year, a pro-Khalistan rally attended by hundreds of people, was organised by Sikhs For Justice in the UK, calling for “independence” of Punjab and ‘Referendum 2020’. Khalistan Liberation Front, revived in 2010 and run by UK-based and Pakistan-based Khalistanis, receive funding from many countries including the UK, the UAE, Pakistan, Australia and Italy. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat recently warned that the Punjab situation is not over and if we do not take early action now, it will be too late.

India needs to take Punjab situation way more seriously than it has so far. Though Punjab chief minister Captain Amrinder Singh has announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh for information leading to the arrest of the suspects involved in the Amritsar attack, it is important that New Delhi takes up the issue strongly with countries like the UK and Canada, where most Khalistani expats who want to revive the idea of Punjab insurgency are settled.

Vocabulary

Indicate: point out

Example: Dotted lines indicate the text’s margins

Synonyms: specify, designate, mark, stipulate, show

Revive: restore to life or consciousness.

Example: Both men collapsed, but were revived

Synonyms: resuscitate, bring around, bring back to consciousness; regain consciousness

Situation: a set of circumstances in which one finds oneself; a state of affairs.

Example: The situation between her and Jake had come to a head

Synonyms: circumstances, state of affairs, state, condition

Suspects: doubt the genuineness or truth of.

Example: A broker whose honesty he had no reason to suspect

Synonyms: doubt, distrust, mistrust, have misgivings about, be skeptical about

Expats: living outside their native country.

Example: Expatriate writers and artists

Synonyms: emigrant, living abroad, nonnative, foreign, émigré

Insurgency: an active revolt or uprising.

Example: Rebels are waging an armed insurgency to topple the monarchy

Referendum: a general vote by the electorate on a single political question that has been referred to them for a direct decision.

Example: He could also claim a legitimacy built on a succession of victories in irreproachably clean popular votes in referendums and multi-party elections.

Synonyms: popular vote, vote, public vote, plebiscite, ballot, poll

Involve: a situation or event include something as a necessary part or result.

Example: His transfer to another school would involve a lengthy assessment procedure

Synonyms: require, necessitate, demand, call for, entail, mean, imply

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