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How dare you – you have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones..….We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth – how dare you!

__ Greta Thunberg, 16 year old climate activist at 2019 UN climate action Summit, New York, addressing world leaders

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I remember India before was very torn. There was a lot of dissension, fighting & he brought it all together. Like a father would. Maybe he is the Father of India. ……They love this gentleman to my right. People went crazy, he is like an American version of Elvis.

__ Donald Trump, President of America in Houston

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Ab ki Baar, Trump Sarkar.

__ Narendra Modi , while introducing President Trump to the audience in Houston

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G E M O F T H E WEEK

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All our endeavours are centred on 1.3 bilion Indians. But the dreams that these efforts are trying to fulfil are the same dreams that the entire world has, that every country has and that every society has. The efforts are ours but their fruits are for all, for the entire world.

__ Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India at the UNGA

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There’s no such thing as moderate Islam or radical Islam. There is only one Islam. I even heard yesterday (Sept23) about radical Islam.

__ Imran Khan, Pakistan Prime Minister, referring to President Trump’s speech at Howdy Modi event at Houston.

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From New Delhi’s perspective Trump’s speech is just what the doctor ordered: No mention of Pakistan or Kashmir. Powerful message for US-India relations that Trump stuck around to listen to Modi’s (rather long) speech.

__ Michael Kugelman, South Asia senior associate at The Wilson Centre, on Howdy Modi event at Houston in a Tweet.

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…Eight million people are struck in Kashmir despite resolutions adopted by UN Security Council.

__ Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President

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There has been no President in the history of our country who has been treated so badly as I have. The democrats are frozen with hatred and fear. They get nothing done. This should never be allowed to happen to any other President. Witch Hunt!

__ Donald Trump, President of America on Twitter

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…..Betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections. The actions taken to date by the President have seriously violated the Constitution……The President must be accountable. No one is above law.

__ House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi

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I get all the responsibility. Because it (Khassogi’s murder) happened under my watch.

__ Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

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I would like to announce that our response to any negotiation under sanctions is negative.

__ Hasssan Rouhani, President of Iran

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…..There is a time-honored convention of India’s foreign policy that when we engage with foreign governments or the President or Prime Minister when on foreign soil, we do not take part in the domestic electoral politics……….We hope that President Trump would appreciate the Indian diaspora greeting him when the Prime Minister was there. But we hope Prime Minister would get President Trump to agree to restore all the cuts on H1B Visa, reduce the fees and again restore the General System of Preferences so that Indian exports can get access to the US markets.

__ Anand Sharma, Senior Congress leader

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Time for prime minister to go back from event management and stage managed Howdy programme to addressing Howdy education and Howdy unemployment. The BJP government has ruined education and employment in India.

__ Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress communications chief

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The prime minister deserves respect in foreign countries as (there) he is representative of our nation. But when he is in India, we have the right to ask him questions.

__ Shashi Tharoor, Congress leader

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Q U O T E O F T H E W E E K

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So you might remember my spirited defense of Electronic Voting Machines [EVMs] I still stand by it, except that my first election with VVPAT has taken away my trust. VVAP has created a hole in the EVM armor and made the process amenable to hacking. By introducing VVPATs, we have created so much vulnerability to an otherwise fool-proof process, while not adding adequate checks, either in the process or during the counting. I feel there is an urgent need to address this so that the process becomes more robust.

__ Kannan Gopinathan, ex IAS in a tweet.

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That relationships are between nations, not individuals, became clear when Israeli PM Netanyahu trailed after the recent elections, President Trump did not even call him.

__ K. C. Singh, Former Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry

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Narendra Modi’s slogan “Abki Baar Trump Sarkar’ must be music to Donald Trump’s ears. And it will pay off if he is re-elected. But if something goes wrong and he has to move out of White House, this open endorsement might haunt us.

__ Surendra Kumar, former Ambassador

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On one side our progressive steps in Jammu and Kashmir are being accepted across the world (while on the other) the Pakistan prime minister is creating content for cartoonists by running around door to door.

__ Rajnath Singh, Union Defence Minister

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How important is showmanship and governments? Although Xi never organized mass demonstrations to underline his importance he managed to make himself life time president of his country. The West detests Putin but is unable to do anything against him because of his power which he gathers and exercises without organizing shows of mass popularity. Evidently a leader does not need showmanship to exercise power. Showmanship takes over when there is an inner yearning for approval.

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

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Why can’t we have just one card for all utilities like Aadhar, passport, bank account, driving licence, voter card. There should be a system that all data should be put together in a single card.

__ Amit Shah, Union Home Minister

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At this stage, my intention is to make sure that the government does not sit on payments which are due, the government does not sit on capital expenditure which it had planned.

__ Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister

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I am honoured that Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh called on me today (Sept23). As long as the @INCIndia is strong and brave I will also be strong and brave………………..Bharat mai sab acha hai. Except for unemployment, loss of existing jobs, lower wages, mob violence, lockdown in Kashmir and throwing Opposition leaders in prison.

__ P. Chidambaram, Former Union Home Minister and Finance Minister

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The court cannot be expected to reconstruct the history of the Babri Masjid site from ruins, that is why we want expert opinions…..The ASI cannot be considered authoritative.

__ Justice S. A.Bobde, Supreme Court Judge

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The departmental enquiry has shown that I did not do any medical negligence or indulge in any corruption….That tag of “murderer Kafeel” and infamous doctor Kafeel is off my head….I demand that I should be reinstated in my job with due honour and a CBI enquiry should be conducted in the case.

__ Dr. Kafeel Khan accused in the Gorakhpur BRD Hospital tragedy after being absolved of charges

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Wonder Dr. Kafeel’s exoneration will get a tenth of the media space the charges did and whether our authorities and those baying for his blood will have any shame about depriving him of two years of life.

__ Shashi Tharoor, Congress leader

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We have never been under India and we will never be. If the final solution wants the Nagas to be inclusive in the Indian Union, sorry, we will never accept it, come what may.

__ Thuingaleng Muivah, General Secy, NSCN-IM

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I think Dhoni should be going without being pushed out. We need to look beyond him.

__ Sunil Gavaskar, Veteran Cricketer

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Bumra has got that awkward action which works as an advantage for him over the batsmen.

__ Zaheer Khan, former Indian pacer

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Q U O T E F O R T H E W E E K

THUS SPAKE     
If we fail to accord moral values their due, human life would be akin to a log eaten away after being infested with termites.

__ Mata Amritanandamayi, Spiritual Guru and Philanthropist