Thus Spake



If you want to avoid a new Cold War, we need a united and strong Europe.

__ Antonio Guterres, UN secretary general

We oppose a trade war but are not afraid of a trade war. This kind of deliberately provoking trade disputes is naked terrorism, economic homicide, economic bullying.

__ Zhang Hanhui, Chinese vice foreign minister

Under longstanding department policy a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office… A Special Counsel’s Office part of the Department of Justice, and by regulation it was bound by that department policy… Charging a president with a crime was not an option we could consider. The Constitution requires a process other than criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrong doing. ……..If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so… We did not however make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.

__ Robert Mueller, Special Counsel on the Russia investigation.

He’s (Robert Mueller) asking us to do what he wasn’t allowed to – hold the President accountable.

__ Val Demings, Representative of Florida, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the panel with impeachment power.

We have one remaining path to ensure justice is served. It’s clear that the House must begin impeachment proceedings. No one is above the law.

__ Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, a Democratic presidential candidate.

We are legislating, we’re investigating and we are litigating. ..Nothing is of the table. We want to do what is right and what get results.

__ Nancy Pelosi, House speaker

I don’t see how. It’s a dirty filthy, disgusting word…It’s a giant presidential harassment. …There was no crime. There was no misdemeanor…I think Mueller is a true ‘never Trumper’.

__ Donald Trump, US president when asked if he expected to be impeached.

I have determined that India has not assured the US that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets. Accordingly, it is appropriate to terminate India’s designation…..effective June 5, 2019.

__ Donald Trump, US president talking about India’s access to preferential trade under GSP

Elections might have been guided by the caste calculus in the past but post-2019, the political pundits will have to accept that there is a personal chemistry on the ground beyond any caste arithmetic. The elections have shown that chemistry defeats all calculations based on caste.

__ Narendra Modi, Indian prime minister

I also take this opportunity to whole-heartedly thank Rahulji, for his valiant and relentless campaign. As Congress president, he has toiled night and day for the Congress party. He demonstrated his fearless leadership by taking the Modi government head on….In an unprecedented crisis, lies an unprecedented opportunity. It is up to us to grasp it with humility and self confidence drawing appropriate lessons from the defeat.

__ Sonia Gandhi, after re-election as Chairperson, Congress parliamentary party

Mr. Chiidambaram threatened to resign if a ticket was denied to his son, Kartik……..Mr. Kamal Nath said that how could be CM if his son, Nakul was not fielded. …….He (Ashok Gehlot) was camping in the party headquarters for seven days rather than campaigning for the party across the state. Yet, he could not ensure victory for his son, Vibhav in Jodhpur.

__ Rahul Gandhi, Congress president

The BJP is trying to create a Bengali, non-Bengali divide in the state.

__ Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal chief minister

I had a meeting with all 120 MLAs supporting the government and they have promised continuing support in writing.

__ Kamal Nath, Madhya Pradesh chief minister

Voh ek rashtraawadi hai, unhone jeewanbhar desh ki chint ki, us samay kya kaal paristhiti rahi hogi jo unhone aisa nirnay lia, ye to wahi jante honge. (Godse was a nationalist, who was concerned about the nation throughout his life. The circumstances under which he decided to assassinate Gaandhiji were known to him only.)

__ Usha Thakur, BJP MLA from Mhow

In the end China has delivered better education, health and welfare to aam aadmi. The secret of its success is not authoritarianism but the fact that it has focused on state capacity.

__ Gurucharan Das, Columnist


Mahatma Gandhi had told social workers that when you formulate a policy, you should remember the face of the poor man whom you have met. Modi implemented it accurately.

__ A.P. Abdullakutty, Congress leader from Kerala on Narendra Modi’s landslide win



Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.

__ Joseph Campbell