Vocab Xpress

Back to the brink Sustained engagement is the only route to finding a lasting solution in Kashmir The BJP’s decision to pull the rug from under (abruptly withdraw support from someone) Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s feet signals an unfortunate demise of the democratic process in Jammu and Kashmir at a...

Has Donald Trump already changed US trade? Trump is threatening to dismantle (pull down) the current world trading system, but in his first year US trading patterns show strong continuity with the previous administration There is no doubt that President Trump is upending (to affect drastically) global trade. He has...

East Consolidates (unites) As West Fumbles (groped) Even as the summit of the G7 hosted by Canada ended in acrimony (resentment) and a photograph of a standing German Chancellor Merkel seemingly lecturing a sitting US President Trump going gleefully (in an exuberantly or triumphantly joyful manner) viral, the eight-member Shanghai...

Tangled (complicated) web The recent changes to bankruptcy laws have mixed implications for speedy resolution The journey for the large corporate insolvency cases queued up before the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for resolution, is getting more labyrinthine (complex) by the day. The latest twist in the tale (a sudden...

Midcap mayhem The surveillance process to curb speculative excesses in small-caps must be transparent Bellwether (leading) indices have lately signalled that all’s well with the stock market, but this has masked considerable turmoil (uncertainty) in mid- and small-cap stocks. While the Nifty 50 is up by 2 per cent on a year-to-date...

New Asian constellation (Group) The SCO summit gave India fresh leads to engage with Central Asia, China and Pakistan. Earlier this month, the picturesque (a visually attractive place) city of Qingdao became the perfect venue for a summit of eight Eurasian nations. India and Pakistan were the talk of the town as...

Green ambitions — on renewable energy targets Policy tweaks (modifications) and incentives are needed to meet the renewable energy targets In a surprising statement this month, Union Power Minister R.K. Singh said India would overshoot (exceed) its target of installing 175 gigawatts of capacity from renewable energy sources by 2022. India...

Historic handshake — on Trump-Kim summit Trump and Kim have traversed (travel across) a remarkable distance; they must build on it The historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore is an affirmation of the power of diplomacy. Until a few months ago,...

India re-defines its regional role It is recasting its approach to the Indo-Pacific and building deeper links with continental Eurasia Recent foreign policy moves by New Delhi indicate an inflexion (the modulation of intonation or pitch in the voice) point. Combining orthodox ideas from the Cold War era along with...

Why no one is worried about MPC’s rate hike The RBI’s inflation-targeting framework has reduced its flexibility to respond dynamically to other market-driven factors Not so long ago, bi-monthly policy meetings of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Reserve Bank of India entailed nail-biting suspense for market participants, who watched...