Unedifying episode: On Kolkata stand-off

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Unedifying episode: On Kolkata stand-off

The Supreme Court has defused the situation, but concerns remain over stand-off in Kolkata
In its ostensibly(जाहिरा तौर पर) even-handed intervention(हस्तक्षेप) in the stand-off between the Central and West Bengal governments over the manner(तरीका) of investigation(जांच ) of the Saradha Chit Fund case, the Supreme Court has de-escalated political tensions(तनाव ), at least for now. The decision allowed both sides in the face-off to claim(दावा) “moral victory(नैतिक जीत)” — even if it was West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who was forced(मजबूर) to climb down(नीचे चढ़ने) from the aggressive(आक्रामक ) posture(मुद्रा/दशा) she took in denying(नकारना/अस्वीकार करना the Central Bureau of Investigation room to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar. However, while ordering him to cooperate(सहयोग /साथ देना) with the CBI in “neutral” Shillong, the Court restrained(रोक दिया/अधीन किया हुआ) the CBI from taking any coercive action(ठोस कार्रवाई ) against Mr. Kumar. The Police Commissioner and his Special Investigation Team investigating the chit fund case had been served a number of notices to appear(दिखाई/रूप लेना) before the CBI before it sent a team to his house in Kolkata. While Ms. Banerjee may have reason to believe that the timing of the CBI’s operation was politically motivated(प्रेरित), her government’s response — manhandling and detaining(छेड़छाड़ और धरना) the CBI officials — was shocking(चौंकाने वाला) and inexcusable(अक्षम्य). In the polarised(ध्रुवीकृत/फूट डालना ) political atmosphere, her belligerence(जुझारूपन/भावनाओं ) expectedly(प्रत्याशित/अपेक्षित ) secured the backing of a large number of Opposition parties, and even had the Congress rally around her during(दौरान/अवधि में) an impromptu sit- in protest(धरना-प्रदर्शन में बैठ गए।). However, in attempting(प्रयास) to obstruct(बाधा डालने/रोकना) the CBI action in a court-ordered investigation, Ms. Banerjee once again demonstrated(साबित) that she is prone to taking arguments(बहस/तर्क) over administrative procedures(प्रक्रिया) to the streets(सड़कों ). A decade ago, she burnished(जला दिया/चिकनाना) her credentials as the Opposition leader(विपक्षी नेता) who would dethrone(अधिकार ) the Left Front combine in West Bengal with her agitation(आंदोलन/उत्तेजना) over the Singur land acquisition(अधिग्रहण/प्रप्ति). But her attempt now to bring the State, where she heads the government, to a grinding(पिसाई) halt speaks poorly(खराब ) of her political maturity(परिपक्वता/सिद्धि) . Ms. Banerjee is free to read political motives into the actions of a Central agency — but she must conduct(व्यवहार/आचरण) that fight politically and by heeding her responsibilities(उत्तरदायित्व/जवाबदेही) as a Chief Minister. To hold a dharna in aid of an officer who is required for questioning does her no credit.

There are bound to be questions whether this matter should have been escalated(तना हुआ/तीव्र करना) to such an unpleasant(अप्रिय) level. The CBI says there was no proper response to the earlier(पहले ) summonses(सम्मन/सूचना) it sent to the Police Commissioner, and alleges(आरोपित करना/दलील देना) that he could have destroyed evidence that was initially(शुरू में ) gathered(इकट्ठे हुए) by the Special Investigation Team that he had supervised(देखरेख/संचालन करना) in the initial stage(प्रारंभिक चरण ) of the probe. But it is doubtful whether descending(उतर रहा/अवरोही) on a senior officer’s residence(निवास) on a Sunday evening with a large team of officers was the right course of action for the CBI, as it was liable(उत्तरदायी) to be interpreted(व्याख्या/विवेचन करना) as a high-handed attempt to browbeat(धमकाना) and embarrass(बाधा डालना/संकट में डालना) the State government. The only way the CBI can escape(बचना/निकलना) this impression(प्रभाव/धारणा) is by showing that it was justified in demanding the questioning of Mr. Kumar and establishing proof of its suspicions(संदेह ) about his role in covering up the scam.

 

 

Important Vocabulary

1. Ostensibly(जाहिरा तौर पर)
Synonyms: evidently, officially, seemingly, supposedly, at first blush
Antonyms: improbably, obscurely, unlikely

2. Forced(मजबूर)
Synonyms: compelled, contrived, enforced, involuntary, mandatory
Antonyms: voluntary, noncompulsory, spontaneous, unforced

3. Inexcusable(अक्षम्य)
Synonyms: impermissible, indefensible, intolerable, outrageous, reprehensible
Antonyms: acceptable, good, excusable, forgivable, justifiable

4. Belligerence(जुझारूपन/भावनाओं )
Synonyms: aggressiveness, antagonism, aggression, animosity, bellicoseness

5. Obstruct(बाधा डालने/रोकना)
Synonyms: block, curb, cut off, hamper, hinder
Antonyms: advance, aid, allow, assist, encourage

6. Agitation(आंदोलन/उत्तेजना)
Synonyms: disturbance, turbulence, turmoil, unrest, upheaval
Antonyms: calm, harmony, order, peace, tranquility

7. Acquisition(अधिग्रहण/प्रप्ति)
Synonyms: addition, gain, procurement, purchase, recovery
Antonyms: loss, failure, forfeit, surrender, dearth

8. Conduct(व्यवहार/आचरण)
Synonyms: charge, handling, management, manipulation, oversight
Antonyms: mismanagement, disorganization, disregard, ignorance, neglect

9. Maturity(परिपक्वता/सिद्धि
Synonyms: ability, capability, experience, manhood, maturation
Antonyms: ignorance, impotence, inability, incompetence, stupidity

10. Restrained(रोक दिया/अधीन किया हुआ)
Synonyms: discreet, laid-back, mild, muted, reasonable
Antonyms: communicative, extroverted, friendly, outgoing, assured

11. Escalated(तना हुआ/तीव्र करना)
Synonyms: expand, grow, heighten, intensify, mount
Antonyms: decline, decrease, diminish, drop, fall

12. Descending(उतर रहा/अवरोही)
Synonyms: downward, declining, down, sinking, descendent

13. Embarrass(बाधा डालना/संकट में डालना)
Synonyms: agitate, annoy, bewilder, bother, confuse
Antonyms: aid, appease, calm, clarify, clear up

14. Impression(प्रभाव/धारणा)
Synonyms: consequence, effect, feeling, impact, reaction
Antonyms: beginning, cause, commencement, origin, question

15. Escape(बचना/निकलना)
Synonyms: breakout, departure, desertion, disappearance, flight
Antonyms: arrival, coming, entrance, stay, staying

16. Liable(उत्तरदायी)
Synonyms: accountable, amenable, bound, chargeable, obligated
Antonyms: irresponsible, unaccountable, excusable, freed, immune

 


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The Supreme Court has defused the situation, but concerns remain over stand-off in Kolkata
In its ostensibly even-handed intervention in the stand-off between the Central and West Bengal governments over the manner of investigation of the Saradha Chit Fund case, the Supreme Court has de-escalated political tensions, at least for now. The decision allowed both sides in the face-off to claim “moral victory” — even if it was West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who was forced to climb down from the aggressive posture she took in denying the Central Bureau of Investigation room to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar. However, while ordering him to cooperate with the CBI in “neutral” Shillong, the Court restrained the CBI from taking any coercive action against Mr. Kumar. The Police Commissioner and his Special Investigation Team investigating the chit fund case had been served a number of notices to appear before the CBI before it sent a team to his house in Kolkata. While Ms. Banerjee may have reason to believe that the timing of the CBI’s operation was politically motivated, her government’s response — manhandling and detaining the CBI officials — was shocking and inexcusable. In the polarised political atmosphere, her belligerence expectedly secured the backing of a large number of Opposition parties, and even had the Congress rally around her during an impromptu sit-in protest. However, in attempting to obstruct the CBI action in a court-ordered investigation, Ms. Banerjee once again demonstrated that she is prone to taking arguments over administrative procedures to the streets. A decade ago, she burnished her credentials as the Opposition leader who would dethrone the Left Front combine in West Bengal with her agitation over the Singur land acquisition. But her attempt now to bring the State, where she heads the government, to a grinding halt speaks poorly of her political maturity. Ms. Banerjee is free to read political motives into the actions of a Central agency — but she must conduct that fight politically and by heeding her responsibilities as a Chief Minister. To hold a dharna in aid of an officer who is required for questioning does her no credit.

There are bound to be questions whether this matter should have been escalated to such an unpleasant level. The CBI says there was no proper response to the earlier summonses it sent to the Police Commissioner, and alleges that he could have destroyed evidence that was initially gathered by the Special Investigation Team that he had supervised in the initial stage of the probe. But it is doubtful whether descending on a senior officer’s residence on a Sunday evening with a large team of officers was the right course of action for the CBI, as it was liable to be interpreted as a high-handed attempt to browbeat and embarrass the State government. The only way the CBI can escape this impression is by showing that it was justified in demanding the questioning of Mr. Kumar and establishing proof of its suspicions about his role in covering up the scam.