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I am confident that the recent changes made in Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh would be of immense benefit to those regions. They will enable the people to access and enjoy the same rights, same privileges and same facilities as their fellow citizens in the rest of the country.

__Ram Nath Kovind, President of India

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In our society the section which is very well aware of the consequences of uncontrolled population growth deserves our accolades and respect. This is an expression of their love for the nation.

__Narendra Modi, Prime Minister in Independence Day speech

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The rule of law has emerged as the soul of the democratic nations.

__Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Chief Justice of India

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They (WTO) view certain countries like China, India….as growing nations. Well, they have grown, and they had tremendous advantages. …We are not letting that happen anymore. …Everybody is growing but us… They (Indi and China) were taking advantage of us for years and years.

__Donald Trump, US President championing his “America first policy”

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I welcome the UNSC meeting….It is for the first time in 50 years that the world’s highest diplomatic forum has taken up this issue.

__Imran Khan, Pak Prime Minister

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China demands that Britain immediately stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs.

__Hua Chunying, Chinese Spokeswoman

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Those who think that the world would rush to help it (Pakistan) against India’s actions in J&K are living in a fool’s paradise. ..You shoud not live in a fool’s paradise. Nobody will be standing there with garlands in hands waiting for you. ..The guardians of Ummah (Islamic Community) will not back Pakistan on the issue due to their economic interests in India where are strongly invested.

__Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister

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I was firm that Article 370 should be removed…after (scrapping) Article 370, terrorism in Kashmir will end and it will progress on the path of development.

__Amit Shah, Union Home Minister

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All of us must welcome three announcements made by the PM on i-day. Small family is a patriotic duty; respect wealth creators and shun single use plastic. Of the three exhortations, I hope the union finance miister and her legion of tax officials and investigators heard PM Modi’s second exhortation loud and clear….The first and third exhortations must become people”s movements. There are hundreds of dedicated voluntary organizations that are willing to lead the movements at the local levels.

__P. Chidambaram, senior congress leader and former finance minister

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“Fun and frolic” in Corbett will not provide solve the economic crisis.

__Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary, CPIM

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Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atalji’s firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the doctrine of “No First Use”. India has strictly adhered to this doctrine. What happens in future depends on the circumstances.

__Rajnath Singh, Union Defence Minister

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If by this somewhat ambiguous statement, the defence minister either intends to keep us guessing or seeks to announce a change in policy, then the country would be happy to know what the new policy is. Not in ambiguous half phrases, but in one paragraph declared policy.

__Abhishekh Singhvi, Congress Spokesperson

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The manner in which it (scrapping Article 370) has been done is totally unconstitutional and against the principles of democracy. ..There are rules to be followed when such things are done, and those rules have not been followed. The Congress party, as I have said, will always fight for the constitution and for democracy. There are no divergent views in the Congress and this became clear at then CWC.

__Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress leader

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President Trump has made it very clear that his offer to mediate on Jammu and Kashmir is dependent on both India and Pakistan accepting it. Since India has not accepted the offer of mediation, President Trump has made it clear that this is not on the table any more. That has been US’s longstanding policy.

__Harsh Vaardhan Shringla, India’s Ambassador to US

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Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have just created a Palestine on our northern border. To do so, they just floated the deceitful rumour of an imminent massive Pakistani terror attack on the valley to induct around 35,000 additional armed personnel into a region already bristling with lakhs of jawans. They then forcibly evacuated tens of thousands of Amarnath yatris and tourists from Kashmir.

__Mani Shanker Aiyar, Congress leader

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The most likely approach is to mimic Israel’s Jewish settlements in Palestine. Fortified Hindu settlements plus high walls and check posts can keep spreading, gradually converting Muslim-majority areas into isolated regions cut off from one another. Settlements woud probably start by carving out Hindu-majority areas in and around Srinagar, just as Israel did in and around Jerusalem.

__Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar , Senior Journalist

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Exercise of brute power on a daily basis will now be the story of J&K. Putting local leaders under house arrest is the publishable kind of action because it is routine. Largely shielded from the outside world will be the harsher actions – incarceration, interrogation, terrorizing, denial of human rights.

__T.J.S. George, Veteran journalist and author

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For the world’s largest democracy, doesn’t a citizen have a right to speak up in the face of unimaginable repression? I have been threatened with dire consequences if I speak up (to media)…….Today when the rest of the country celebrates India’s Independence Day, Kashmiris have been caged like animals and deprived of basic human rights……It’s tragic irony that I am being treated like a war criminal for stating the inconvenient truth…..I am under constant surveillance. I fear for my life along with those who have spoken up.

Ilpija Javed, daughter of former J&K CM, Mehbooba Mufti

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There is a big campaign through the social media against the contributions to the CMDRF. This is being done with vested interests. These elements who are involved in the campaign want to sabotage every attempt of the government to help the people.

__Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Chief Minister

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I left Wayanad with nothing but pride for the people I represent. The display of bravery and dignity in the face of immense tragedy is truly humbling. It is such an honour and pleasure to be your MP. Thank you, Kerala.

__Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader

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In our state scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and Other Backward Classes have been raising their demands peacefully. It’s our duty to protect their constitutional rights. Therefore, in a major step, I announce 32 per cent reservation for STs, 13 per cent for SCs and 27 per cent for OBCs.

__Bhupesh Baghel, CM Chhattisgarh

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These festivals (Durga Puja) are for all and we do not want any pujo festival to be taxed. This will be a burden on the organizers. The Bengal government withdrew tax, which was earlier there, on Ganga Sagar Mela. We protest against this and demand no taxation for Durga Pujo committees.

__Mamata Bannerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister

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Saudi Aramco will buy a 20 per cent stake in the oil and chemical business of Reliance, including 1.36 million barrels a day Jamnagar refining complex in Gujarat , for an enterprise value of USD 75 billion.

__Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Industries Chairman

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Quote of the Week

THUS SPAKE  
Article 370 was never important for us, we are only looking for Jammu and Kashmir solution.

__Pak Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the UNSC meeting

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Quote for the Week

THUS SPAKE  
Compassion cannot draw a line between two countries, two faiths or two religions. Compassion has no ego; thus there is no fear, lust or passion. Compassion simply forgives and forgets. Compassion is like a passage. Everything passes through it. Nothing can stay there. Compassion is love expressed in all its fullness.

__Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, Spiritual leader

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