The Hindu Editorial Analysis : 9th December 2022

The Hindu Editorial Analysis:

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We all are aware of the importance of reading The Hindu newspaper with the aspect of improving reading ability, easily comprehending paragraphs, getting updated with the current events, improving essay writing and many more. For a banking aspirant it becomes necessary to read editorials for vocabulary. In this article we are going to discuss the points of today’s editorials with practice questions and important vocabs.

A scene to the past.

  • A sitting judge,a former elite paratroopers commander and a former police officer.
  • They were among the 25 people arrested by the German authorities on Wednesday in a nationwide crackdown on what they called an extremist group that was planning to overthrow the state.
  • While Germany has seen the rise of several far-right networks, their growing infuence over serving and retired members of its security agencies and other state branches should be a matter of concern, given its Nazi past.
  • Among those arrested were members of the Reichsbürger, or Citizens of the Reich, a far-right extremist group that has not recognised the post-War German state, as well as those inspired by conspiracy theories spread by QAnon, a U.S.-based far-right community.
  • The authorities say the plan was to attack the Bundestag, bring down the government through a coup and have a new Reich modeled around the pre-First World War imperial state.
  • Heinrich XIII, Prince Reuss, the 71-year-old former paratroops commander who is believed to be the ringleader, was known for his anti-Semitic dog whistles and attacks on the modern German republic,which he once called an illusion.
  • So, irrespective of the actual strength and capabilities of the group, what Germany has seen is the coming together of anti-Semitic extremists from across society, driven by conspiracy theories and an imperial nostalgia, and who are ready to take up arms to overthrow the democratic German state.
  • This is not an isolated incident. Germany has also seen a rise in violent incidents by far-right extremists.
  • In 2019, a center-left local politician in western Germany was killed and a synagogue in Halle, eastern Germany, was attacked by a gunman, killing two.
  • Last year, the government had to partially disband its elite special-forces unit,Kommando Spezialkräfte, after extremism within its ranks.
  • Germany faces two types of far-right challenges — that posed by extremist groups such as Reichsbürger and the other by the main-streaming of far-right politics — the Alternative for Germany (AfD), the far-right party that failed to cross the 5% threshold in the 2013 elections,but won 83 seats in the Bundestag last year.

Practice Questions:

  • Why did the judge, paratroopers and commander were arrested by the German authorities?
  • What does Prince Reuss is known for?

Important Vocabs:

  • Elite- a social group that is thought to be the best or most important because of its power, money, intelligence, etc.
  • synagogue- building where Jewish people go to pray
  • Coup- often violent change of government
  • Semitic- denoting a family of languages that includes Hebrew, Arabic etc.
  • Philanthropic- charitable acts or other good works that help others

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