News Reading Practice #9

(100 Day Challenge)


The tenuous equations between the two parties have become more pronounced during the term of the State BJP chief; the BJP is approaching Palaniswami for a compromise, say AIADMK sources. | CHENNAI

The AIADMK's announcement of “separation of ties” with the BJP in Tamil Nadu on Monday seems to have added another layer of complexity to the strained relationship between
the two parties.

The recent outburst of the AIADMK's organisation secretary and former Fisheries Minister, D. Jayakumar, was triggered by BJP State unit president K. Annamalai's remarks on DMK

founder C.N. Annadurai. But, as Mr. Jayakumar pointed out, this was not the only occasion when Mr. Annamalai had "targeted" front-ranking leaders of the Dravidian Movement. The State BJP chief had "belittled" others such as 'Periyar' E.V. Ramasamy and Jayalalithaa, he

The tenuous equations between the two parties became more pronounced during the innings of Mr. Annamalai. Exactly two months after the AIADMK lost power in the May 2021 Assembly election, former Law Minister C.Ve. Shanmugam blamed the BJP for his party's defeat as the alliance had "alienated" the minorities. But the party's current general secretary, Edappadi K. Palaniswami, who was the party co-coordinator back then, and O.Panneerselvam, the coordinator, lost no time in stating that the alliance continued to exist.

However, Mr. Annamalai's appointment shortly thereafter had changed the nature of the relationship. In February 2022, the State unit of the BJP contested the urban local body polls on its own. Three months later, veteran AIADMK leader C. Ponnaiyan came down heavily on the BJP for seeking to grow at the expense of his party in the State. Since then, the Dravidian major and the State unit of the national party have been engaged in spats at regular intervals. What is also evident is that the BJP does not want to call off its relationship with the AIADMK, if the importance given to Mr. Palaniswami, at a meeting of leaders of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in New Delhi two months ago, is any indication. The Dravidian major has not ruled out the possibility of a rapprochement, as Mr. Jayakumar has maintained that a decision on alliance would be made at the time of the Lok Sabha election.

Sources in the AIADMK claim the BJP has begun approaching Mr. Palaniswami for a compromise, whereas a functionary of the BJP says he is not aware of any such initiative. Yet, BJP State vice-president Narayanan Thirupathy on Monday stated in a social media post that the alliance between the two parties remained "intact, rock solid."

However, the latest development is viewed differently by sources in the AIADMK and the BJP. As far as the AIADMK is concerned, the announcement will seek to erase the notion that the party is a "slave" of the BJP, whereas certain sections of the national leadership wonder whether a patch-up, even if worked out later, would pave the way for the BJP to bag some Lok Sabha seats.

'Nadda's intervention'

Puthiya Tamilagam founder K. Krishnasamy on Tuesday sought BJP national president J.P. Nadda's intervention to mend the ties between the AIADMK and the BJP in the State.


Salvo - വെടി (തോക്കുകൊണ്ടും വാക്കുകൊണ്ടും) കൂട്ടവെടി, പ്രസ്ഥാവന (a firing of several guns at the same time, either in a war or in a ceremony, or a statement in an exchange of opinions:)

Ties - ബന്ധം (a connection or relationship )

In tatters - കീറുക (torn in many places; in shreds., Destroyed; ruined.)

Tenuous - ദുര്‍ബ്ബലമായ (thin, weak, and easily broken)

Become more pronounced - കൂടുതല്‍ സ്പഷ്ടമാവുക (become more noticeable)

Separation of ties - ബന്ധം വേര്‍പെടല്‍

Layer of complexity - സങ്കീര്‍ണ്ണതടയുടെ പാളി

Strained relationship - ശക്തികുറഞ്ഞ ബന്ധം

Outburst - പൊട്ടിത്തെറി, അപ്രതീക്ഷിതമായ പ്രവൃത്തി. (A sudden release of strong emotion/a sudden occurrence of a particular activity.)

Trigger - ഒരു സംഭവത്തിന് കാരണമാവുക.  (To cause something to start)

Front-ranking leaders - മുന്‍ നിര നേതാക്കന്മാര്‍. ( Being in the front rank : ranking among the best : of the first quality or importance )

Belittle - താഴ്ത്തികെട്ടുക, കൊച്ചാക്കുക. (To make a person or an action seem as if he, she or it is not important)

Innings - കാലഘട്ടം (a period during which a person or group is active or effective.)

Defeat - പരാജയം

Alienated - അന്യം വന്ന, ഒററപ്പെടുത്തിയ (separated/ isolated from the objective world.

Lose no time - അപ്പോള്‍ തന്നെ/ഉടന്‍ (to do something immediately)

Thereafter - അതില്‍പ്പിന്നെ

Contest – മത്സരിക്കുക

Come down - രൂക്ഷമായി വിമര്‍ശിക്കുക (to scold or reprimand one harshly.

Spats- വഴക്ക്, ശണ്ഠ (quarrel)

Evident - സ്പഷ്ടമായ, പ്രകടമായ

Call off - വേണ്ടെന്നുവെക്കുക, റദ്ദുചെയ്യുക.

Indication - സൂചന, അടയാളം

Rule out - തള്ളിക്കളയുക, നിരസിക്കുക

Rapprochement - സൗഹൃദബന്ധം പുനസ്ഥാപിക്കല്‍

Alliance – സഖ്യം

Whereas - എന്നാല്‍

Functionary - ഭാരവാഹി, ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥന്‍

Aware - ധാരണയുള്ള, ബോധമുള്ള

Initiative - നടപടി, തുടക്കം

Intact - കേടുപറ്റാത്ത, ഊനം തട്ടാത്ത.

Rock solid - ഉറപ്പുള്ള

As far as (something) is concerned – സംബന്ധിച്ചിടത്തോളം

Notion - ധാരണ, സങ്കല്‍പ്പം

Erase - മായ്ച്ചുകളയുക

Slave - അടിമ

Patch up - തല്‍ക്കാല നിവൃത്തിയുണ്ടാക്കുക.

Pave the way – വഴിയൊരുക്കുക

Bag - നേടുക, കരസ്ഥ മാക്കുക

Intervention - ഇടപെടല്‍

Sought (past of seek) - ആരായുക, തേടുക.

Mend - നന്നാക്കുക, കേടുപാടു തീര്‍ക്കുക.