Directions (1-5): Fill in the blanks choosing the word that is most appropriate in the context of the passage.
Religion is becoming a ready excuse for indulging in irrational and otherwise (1) behavior. From encroaching public land to browbeating (2) to one’s own advance, religion is being increasingly (3) for satisfying non-sense, even nonsense. ‘Politics’, said George Bernard Shaw, ‘is the last resort of scoundrels’. We must (4) That religion does not suffer a similar (5) in the land of religions.
(e) common man
Directions (6-10): Fill in the blanks choosing the word that is most appropriate in the context of the passage.
The terrorist attack on a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, should give Israel and its backers in the U.S. enough reason to rethink their stance. Israel has traditionally taken the view – in practice, if not always in theory – that the best way of dealing with the Palestinian issue is to (6) terms from a position of military strength. The effects of this hardline stance are (7) to anybody, who does not deliberately shut his eyes to it. While nobody in his senses would argue that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians justifies a terrorists response, it would be equally (8) to argue that Israel has not helped the cause of terrorists like Osama Bin Laden or dictators like Saddam Hussain. It is no (9) that both Bin Laden and Saddam have repeatedly used Israel as a symbol of the enemy, the former to gain legitimacy for his fundamental agenda, the latter to project himself as an Arab leader fighting the U.S – Israel nexus, without such as obvious ‘common enemy’ to (10) people against, both would find it much more difficult to sustain themselves.
Directions (11-15): Fill in the blanks choosing the word that is most appropriate in the context of the passage.
Self-help groups for women have been formed using micro finance service as the entry point. The experience has shown that by giving (11) to financial service women’s self-help groups have not only empowered women economically, but have also contributed to (12) their dignity and position within their communities and families. It has given women the confidence and power to (13) with banks and local government officials as well as the other economic sectors. In all these (14) the aim has been to create conditions in which women can become (15) agents of change for social as well as economic development.