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Today I can say with confidence that the 130 crore Indians have begun their journey towards development. The mandate we have received is not just for running a government, but for building a New India.

__ Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

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Great relationship with both of them (PM Modi and PM Imran Khan). But they are not exactly friends at this moment. Complicated situation. A lot has to do with religion. Religion is a complicated subject…….. ..Well they’ve been having this – these talks for hundreds of years, even under different names. But this is – but this is Kashmir. And Kashmir is a very complicated place. You have the Hindus and you have the Muslims, and I wouldn’t say they get along so great. And that’s what you have right now.

__ US President Donald Trump

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India should be wary about a possible US-Pakistan “deal” on Afghanistan….. We Afghans have suffered massively the consequences of American-Pakistani deals….Now too this is very likely and this is our fear and concern. We have been clear with Ambassador Khalilzad that we will fully back negotiations for peace with Afghanistan, but we draw a clear distinction between peace in Afghanistan and US-Pakistani deals in Afghanistan…..Hindus and Muslims have lived together for centuries in this part of the world and produced great achievements together. Any division on a Hindu-Muslim basis is very simplistic.

__ Hamid Karzai, former President of Afghanistan.

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The world must also seriously consider the safety and security of India’s nuclear arsenal in the control of the fascist, racist Hindu Supremacist Modi Govt.

__ Imran Khan, Pak PM

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It’s a poor excuse used by Pakistan to justify its actions against the Taliban and to avoid taking a decisive stance against the militant group.

__ Roya Rahmani, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to US

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If talks take place (with Pakistan), it will be on PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) and not on any other issue.

__ Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister

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We need to reach out to the Kashmiris and fill the communication gap.

__ Lt. General (Retd.) D.S. Hooda

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When the government does something right, I always support it. Many of my colleagues opposed the Centre’s decision to abrogate Artcile370. They have lost their way. It is not the same old Congress as it used to be.

__ Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Former Haryana Chief Minister

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Since I am famous or infamous for calling spade a spade, I must admit here, Hon’ble PM@Narendra Modi@PMOIndia that your speech from the #Redfort on 15th Aug19 was extremely courageous, well researched & thought provoking. Superb delivery of the key problems facing the country.

__ Shatrughan Sinha, Congress leader

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We do realize there are challenges, there are difficulties coming from external and domestic sources. But I think one has to look at the opportunities, one has to maintain a positive sentiment and capitalize on these opportunities. Because the mood of doom and gloom is not going to help anyone.

__ Shaktikanta Das, Governor of Reserve Bank of India

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Demand for credit in the economy is subdued. There is a need for stimulus in the economy.

__ Rajnish Kumar, Chairman, State Bank of India

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His name is J.P. Nadda. I have never heard his name. But after listening to what he said, I understand that his name is not J.P. Nadda but an adda (place of people) of blatant lies.

__ K.T. Rama Rao, TRS senior leader

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Uttar Pradesh has become #HatyaPradesh with its poor law and order system. Does BJP want to create this identity of UP?

__Akhilesh Yadav, former UP CM

Recurrent floods remind us of the need to change our approach to nature.

__ Mammootty, Malayalam cine actor

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A softer approach is necessary while dealing with the public, especially when it comes to their religious sentiments……No need to ask the public, party sympathizers to fully accept party ideologies and positions….Earn public trust , ensure that disputes are settled in court….Government will discuss green causes without bias.

__ Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, CPM Kerala state Secretary

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Modi’s government is using the ED, CBI and sections of the spineless media to character assassinate Mr. Chidambaram. I strongly condemn this disgraceful misuse of power.

__ Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader

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We stand with Sri P. Chidambaram and reiterate our unwavering belief in his innocence. …We hope that officers who scaled walls in their eagerness to please their political masters, as also select TV channels, have the courage to tell the prime minister and the home minister that there is zero evidence against him.

__ Randeep Surjewala, Congress party chief spokesperson.

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This is political vendetta to silence my father. He has been the most vocal critic of this government….This is not merely targeting of my father, but the targeting of Congress party.

__ Karti Chidambaram, Congress MP

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The way a legal matter pertaining to the former finance minister, P. Chdambaram is handled is very sad and depressing.

__ Mamata Bannerjee, West Bengal CM.

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The Modi government’s selective pursuit of justice against corruption is a witch hunt. The BJP is a white washing Laundromat.

__ Prashant Bushan, Senior lawyer in a tweet on Chidambaram’s arrest.

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At last crooked, corrupt Chidambaram in the custody of CBI and ED. Agencies to confront him with Indrani soon.

__ Subramanian Swamy, BJP MP in a tweet

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There is a widespred impression that grave offences were committed and that my son and I committed them….Nothing can be further from the truth. These are lies spread by pathological liars….I am aghast that I was accused of hiding from the law, on the contrary I was seeking the protection of the law. I was aghast that I was accused of running away from justice. On the contrary, I was engaged in the pursuit of justice.

__ P. Chidambaram, former finance minister

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The allegations made against the accused (P. Chidambaram) are serious in nature and there cannot be a dispute with the fact that a detailed and in depth investigation is required in the present case.

__ Ajay Kumar Kuhar, Special Judge

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Rajiv Gandhi got a massive mandate in 1984, but did not use it to create atmosphere of fear or to threaten people, to destroy independence of institutions, crush dissidence or end the democratic traditions of our lives.

__ Sonia Gandhi, Interim President of the Congress

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He ( Modi) talks in a language that connects with the people. Unless we recognize that he is doing things which people recognize and which have not been done in the past, we are not going to be able to confront this guy.

__ Jairam Ramesh, former Union Minister

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Always said demonizing #Modi wrong. Not only is he #PM of nation, a one way opposition actually helps him. Acts are always good, bad and indifferent – they must be judged issue-wise and not person-wise. Certainly, #Ujjawala scheme is only one amongst other good deals.

__ Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Congress leader in a tweet

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As you know I have argued for six years now that Narendra Modi should be praised whenever he says or does the right thing, which would add credibility to our criticisms whenever he errs. I welcome others in Opposition coming around to a view for which I was excoriated at that time.

__ Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP

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This is an unprecedented situation for the government of India. In the last 70 years nobody had faced this sort of situation where the entire financial system is under threat and nobody is trusting anybody else. Within the private sector nobody is ready to lend, everyone is sitting on cash.

__ Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, Niti Aayog.

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Reforms is a continuous process and the momentum of reforms will continue.

__ Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, after announcing draft of measures to boost economy and promising more on the anvil.

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Government’s own economic advisors have finally acknowledged what we cautioned for long – India’s economy is in a deep mess. Now, accept our solution and remonetise the economy, by putting money in the hands of the needy and not greedy

__ Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader

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Floods that they have devastated vast regions of India in the last couple of months are a reminder of the catastrophe to which development is leading us. Floods are a language through which nature speaks. Humans understand the language – and greedy for development, ignore it. Hence the likelihood of the world ending in a Maha Pralay.

__ T. J. S. George, veteran journalist and author

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G e m o f the Week

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A cursory reading of the responses to critical voices in the comment section of this newspaper (The Hindu) proves that there is an explosion of ignorance. In the short term, journalists who retain the analytical and interrogative spirit may pay a price for speaking truth to power. But they are performing an irreducible and inalienable democratic duty: confronting a system that produced ignorance.

__ A.S. Panneerselvan, Readers’ Editor, The Hindu

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The best among you is the one who doesn’t harm others with his tongue and hand.

__ Prophet Mohammed