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Untenable: on M.J. Akbar

M.J. Akbar should have resigned. Or else, asked to go
The Minister of State for External Affairs, M.J. Akbar, should have done the only right thing in the circumstances(परिस्थिति) — resign. This was the only course to limit the already significant damage to the high office he holds. His legacy(विरासत/उत्तरदान)in Indian journalism would also have been better served had he quit first and attempted to defend himself legally or otherwise later. Unfortunately(दुर्भाग्य से), he chose not to. Upon his return to Delhi from an overseas(विदेशी) official trip on Sunday, he went on the offensive(अपमानजनक/घिनौना)by dismissing the long string((तार/शृंखला) of charges of sexual(यौन) harassment( उत्पीड़न) made against him by former women colleagues(सहयोगियों) as a tissue((ऊतक/कपड़ा)) of lies. He chose to spin an unconvincing(असुविधाजनक) web of conspiracy(साजिश/षड्यंत्र) around the sudden(अचानक) spate((बौछाड़/चढ़ाव/आवेश) of the #MeToo disclosures(खुलासे /परदाफ़ाश) over the last week. Mr. Akbar’s basic theme: with elections round the corner, these charges are motivated(प्रेरित करना). There is a second, more specific line in his attempted defence — one that suggests that the gravamen of the charges is vague(अस्पष्ट /अनिश्चित) and unsubstantiated(निराधार). While it is true that not every one of the dozen or so women have claimed they were physically assaulted(हमला किया/धावा करना), the overall picture they have painted is that of a systematic pattern of sexual harassment. Their stories range from suggestiveness(सुझाव) and innuendo(व्यंग्य/ताना) to outright molestation(छेड़खानी/पीड़ा). Together they make for sad and worrying reading, but at least a couple highlight how far he seemed willing to go. Ghazala Wahab, now executive(कार्यकारी) editor at FORCE magazine, has written of repeated molestation at his hands in the mid-1990s when he was her editor at Asian Age. Majlie de Puy Kamp, now a New York-based reporter, has spoken of how a decade(दशक) later he forcibly(जबरन) kissed her, when she was 18 and interning with him.

Mr. Akbar’s conspiracy theory that the #MeToo charges have settled upon him because elections are now looming(पास ही मंडराना/उभरते) is weak and totally unconvincing. He has no political heft and a conspiracy to tarnish(कलंक/धुंधलापन)him and secure his speedy exit from the Narendra Modi government would have left it none the weaker. Now that he has decided to dig his heels in, the focus cannot but shift to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Why wasn’t his resignation demanded and secured on his return to the Capital? Surely, the Prime Minister had more than enough time to sift through the charges, take stock of Mr. Akbar’s alleged misdemeanours and conclude whether he should continue in the Cabinet. By failing to immediately force him to step down, Mr. Modi has sent an unfortunate message about his government’s attitude to harassment and the protection of women in workspaces. He has appeared(दिखाई दिया/निर्गत) as if he is standing behind Mr. Akbar and will be perceived(माना जाता है/समझना) by many as having failed India’s women.

 

Important Vocabulary

1.Offensive(अपमानजनक/घिनौना)
Synonyms: abhorrent, abusive, annoying, distasteful, embarrassing
Antonyms: agreeable, delightful, good, kind, nice

2.Conspiracy(साजिश/षड्यंत्र)
Synonyms: plot, scheme, sedition, treason, cabal
Antonyms: faithfulness, honesty, ignorance,loyalty

3.Vague(अस्पष्ट /अनिश्चित)
Synonyms: ambiguous, dubious, equivocal, faint, fuzzy
Antonyms: apparent, certain, clear, definite, determined

4.Molestation(छेड़खानी/पीड़ा)
Synonyms: abduction, abuse, maltreatment, molestation, violation

5.Innuendo(व्यंग्य/ताना)
Synonyms: insinuation, allusion, aside, aspersion, hint
Antonyms: evidence, proof

6.Tarnish(कलंक/धुंधलापन)
Synonyms: damage, defame, dim, dull, embarrass
Antonyms: aid, assist, benefit, clean, fix

7.Circumstances(परिस्थिति) 
Synonyms: assets, capital, chances, class, command
Antonyms: debt, poorness, poverty

8.Legacy(विरासत
Synonyms: estate, gift, tradition, bequest, birthright

9.Untenable(असमर्थनीय/अपुष्ट) 
Synonyms: illogical, unsound, flawed, unsupportable

10.Legacy(विरासत/उत्तरदान
Synonyms: estate, gift, tradition, bequest, birthright

11.String(तार/शृंखला)
Synonyms: cord, rope, strand, twine, twist
Antonyms: individual

12.Tissue(ऊतक/कपड़ा)
Synonyms: mesh, ornament, banding, border, crochet

13.Spate(बौछाड़/चढ़ाव/आवेश)
Synonyms: deluge, flood, flurry, outpouring, string

14.Loom (पास ही मंडराना/उभरते))
Synonyms: brew, come on, dominate, emerge, hover
Antonyms: decline, fall, leave, abandon, descend

15.Unsubstantiated(निराधार).
Synonyms: debatable, dubious, unsupported, arguable, controversial
Antonyms: certain, sure

16.Harassment(उत्पीड़न)
Synonyms: molestation, persecution, provocation, aggravation, annoyance
Antonyms: aid, comfort, contentment, delight, happiness

 

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