THE HINDU Editorial with Vocab : SC order on liquor ban


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SC order on liquor ban: None for the road

The liquor trade, as the Supreme Court has emphasised, is indeed res extra commercial, something outside the idea of commerce. It exists solely at the discretion of policymakers without any concomitant fundamental right that other businesses enjoy. The point was cited by the court while ordering that liquor sales be prohibited within 500 metres from national and State highways. In a different sense, it only underscores how much the executive is, and ought to be, involved in policy-making on the subject. Imposing restrictions on the location of liquor outlets, applying them in a differential manner to vends, hotels and standalone bars is undoubtedly an executive decision. It is possible to argue that the executive will be lax in enforcement, corrupt in licensing or too revenue-centric to worry about the social costs of its decisions. However, is that reason enough for the judiciary to impose norms without regard to the problems that they may give rise to? Frankly, the answer is no. The court’s ill-considered order is wholly concerned with the availability of liquor — to the point that it bans sale of liquor on highway stretches even within city and town limits, where police checks are quite common — and does not touch upon strengthening the enforcement of the law against drunk driving. With the same moral outrage against high fatalities on our roads, and with much less economic cost, the court could have ordered stricter patrolling on highways and regular check-points.

The order has come down like a sledgehammer not only on the liquor vends and the hospitality sector but also on the revenues of State governments, on the business of hotels and bars, and the tourism potential of many parts of the country. The inventive responses of State governments and the industry give an idea of how much they are affected by it — and indeed how absurd the court’s order is. States are downgrading highways into ‘urban roads’ or ‘major district roads’, moves fraught with consequences as safety and quality norms may be compromised; local bodies, which now have to maintain them, may not find the required resources. Some luxury hotels situated on highways are creating alternative entrances to claim that their bars are located beyond 500 metres. An enterprising owner has built a maze of sorts to create a longer walking distance from a highway to his bar. It is not clear how the 500-metre distance is to be measured — as a straight line from the highway in any direction or along the paths leading to an outlet. One may denounce or laugh away these moves to circumvent the order; but they can be also seen as desperate responses from those fearing loss of income, jobs and business. The court should have the wisdom and the humility to examine the consequences of its order and do the necessary thing — amend it.

Magical Vocabulary from The Hindu Editorial

  1. Emphasised (verb) बल देनाgive special importance or prominence to (something) in speaking or writing.

Synonyms:- punctuate, accent, stress, accentuate.

Example: – he jabbed a finger into the tabletop to emphasize his point

  1. Solely (adverb) पूरी तरह से not involving anyone or anything else; only.

Synonyms:- only, simply, just, merely, uniquely, exclusively, entirely,

Example: – The score is solely based on the number of questions you answer before realising it’s a trick.

  1. Discretion (noun) विवेक the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense or revealing private information.

Synonyms:- circumspection, carefulness, caution, wariness, chariness,

Example: – State courts have far greater powers of discretion in sentencing than federal courts.

  1. Concomitant (adjective) सहवर्ती/ सहगामी naturally accompanying or associated.

Synonyms:- attendant, accompanying, associated, related, connected

Example: – They are often associated with inhalational injury and other concomitant trauma.

  1. Enforcement (Noun) लागू होना/ प्रभावशील करना the act of compelling observance of or compliance with a law, rule, or obligation.

Synonyms:- come into effect, take effect, hold good, take effects, application

Example: – The strict enforcement of environmental regulations.

  1. Outrage (noun) अत्याचार/ उल्लंघन करना an extremely strong reaction of anger, shock, or indignation.

Synonyms:- indignation, fury, anger, rage, disapproval, wrath, resentment

Example: – Eloquent leaders with strong voices of unmediated outrage have emerged.

  1. Sledgehammer (noun) ताक़तवर/ निर्दय a large, heavy hammer used for such jobs as breaking rocks and driving in fence posts.

Synonyms:- powerful, strong, energetic, sledgehammer, swingeing, drivin

Example: – Plus a guy gets his shoulder broken with a sledgehammer.

  1. Inventive (adjective) आविष्कारशील(of a person) having the ability to create or design new things or to think originally.

Synonyms:- creative, original, innovative, imaginative, ingenious, resourceful

Example: – They were then free to be inventive and experiment on any type of surface that they                desired.

  1. Absurd (adjective) बेतुका/ विवेकहीन(of an idea or suggestion) wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate.

Synonyms:- preposterous, ridiculous, ludicrous, farcical, laughable, risible

Example: – It was absurd, insane, and downright dangerous, but it was an idea.

  1. Fraught (adjective) भरा हुआ (of a situation or course of action) filled with or destined to result in (something undesirable)/ causing or affected by great anxiety or stress.

Synonyms:- full of, filled with, rife with, attended by, accompanied by/ anxious, worried, stressed, upset, distraught, overwrought

Example: – Falling in love and getting married will be fraught with danger.

  1. Consequences (noun) परिणाम a result or effect of an action or condition.

Synonyms:- result, upshot, outcome, effect, repercussion, ramification, corollary, concomitant, aftermath

Example: – many have been laid off from work as a consequence of the administration’s policies.

  1. Compromised (verb) समझौता settle a dispute by mutual concession.

Synonyms:- meet each other halfway, come to an understanding, make a deal,

Example: – in the end we compromised and deferred the issue.

  1. Denounce (verb) निंदा करनाpublicly declare to be wrong or evil.

Synonyms:- condemn, criticize, attack, censure, decry, revile, vilify,

Example: – The writers say they were tortured and forced to publicly denounce their work.

  1. Circumvent (verb) निरोधक/ ढकोसला करना find a way around (an obstacle).

Synonyms:- avoid, get around, get past, evade, bypass, sidestep, dodge,

Example: – I hope I can circumvent the barriers I may have previously erected around my heart.

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