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With deep conviction I wish once more to declare that the use of atomic energy for purposes of war is today, more than ever, not only against the dignity of human beings but against any possible future for our common home. The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral, so too the possession of nuclear weapons is immoral.

__ Pope Francis

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All the three organs of the state, persons gracing constitutional posts, members of civil society and common citizens of India are expected to abide by constitutional morality.

__ President Ram Nath Kovind quoting Dr. Ambedkkar at joing sitting of the Parliament to mark Constitution Day on the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Statute.

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If I were to sum up the effect of the Constitution in easy language, it would be dignity for Indians and unity for India. It has upheld the dignity of every Indian and has ensured the unity of India stands strong.

__ Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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

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GDP figures (growth in Q2) released today are as low as 4.5 per cent. This is clearly unacceptable. Aspiration of our country is to grow at 8-9 per cent. The sharp decline of GDP from 5 per cent in Q1 to 4.5 per cent in Q2 is worrisome…… Many industrialists tell me they live in fear of harassment by government authorities. Bankers are reluctant to make loans, for fear of retribution, and entrepreneurs are hesitant to put up fresh projects, for fear of failure attributed to ulterior motives…… Shooting down messengers of bad news or shutting off economics reports and data is juvenile and does not behove a rising global economic powerhouse.

__ Former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh

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Britain would leave the European Union by January 31 at the latest.

__ Boris Johnson, British PM

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I’m running for President to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America. We cannot afford four more years of President Trump’s reckless and unethical actions.

__ Michael Bloomberg, Former New York Mayor

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Commander-in-Chief Trump has very little understanding of how the American military operates.

__ Richard Spencer, former Navy Secretary

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German role in Nato more vital now than during Cold War.

__ Angelina Merkel, German Chancellor

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We do not want to do anything which will threaten the security of India. Our involvement with China is purely commercial.

__ Gotabaya Raajapaksha, President of Sri Lanka

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I do not want to comment on the particular case (of Nawaz Sharif), which Imran Khan had referred to but he will be aware that he himself gave (Nawaz) permission to go abroad. Do not hurl taunts at us.

__ Asif Saeed Khosa, Chief Justice of Pakistan

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I am happy and humbled by the honour. There were many contemporaries too who were deserving of the honour.

__ Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri, Jnanpith winner

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Dalit billionaires can create a bigger spark than Dalit politicians occupying top public positions. But for a Dalit, being in business is like fishing in Antarctica without boots and gloves.

__ Chandra Bhan Prasad, Commentator on Dalit issues

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Terror incidents have been taking place in Jammu and Kashmir for the past 30-35 years. But I must compliment the forces. Terror incidents have now come down to almost nil. Lag bhag ne ka barabar}.

__ Rajanath Singh, Union Defence Minister

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Every step being taken is in the interests of the country. Looking at the economy in discerning view, you see that the growth may have come down but it is not recession yet, it won’t be recession ever.

__ Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister

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G E M O F T H E W E E K

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We need to remember those words while reading Tony Barber’s account of personality cult. Here is what he says: “What are the major elements of a modern personality cult? Dictators tend to portray themselves as humbly born sons of people, endowed with special talents and working tirelessly for the nation”.

__ T J S George, Veteran Journalist and Author

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To 1,000 companies to save up to Rs.65000 crore from tax cuts says India Ratings. But companies also seen to prefer increase cash holdings and cutting capital expenditure during rest f the fiscal. What more evidence do you need for failure of supply side policies of govt?

__ Thomas Isaac, Kerala Finance Minister

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We have said for long that we are willing to do a huge technology transfer, not only the manufacturing capability but also creating an indigenous capability to upgrade and work with the system. Because that is the key to add future functionality in the fighters all the time…….India is important and we see huge potential here.

__ Michael Johansson, President and CEO Saab

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Karvy Stock Broking was indulging in activities that were “never allowed”.

__ Ajay Tyagi, Sebi Chairman

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Women are kind of marginalized. It’s not about developing the women and telling them you should be speaking up, it about telling everyone else you should all shut up!

__ Bo Young Lee, Uber’s First Head of Diversity and Inclusion

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It is wrong to say that I have a hand behind Ajit Pawar’s revolt…….All three parties were on the same page on forming the government together, but whatever he (Ajit Pawar) decided, it was his personal decision.

__ Sharad Pawar, NCP chief

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Three parties which are poles apart have come together for power. They claim that they have a common minimum programme, but keeping BJP out of government is their only “common maximum programme”. I wish them good luck. But I also know that the Sena-Congress-NCP alliance will crumble soon under the pressure of theirown core differences.

__ Devendra Fadnavis, Former Maharashtra CM

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BJP should not have allied with Ajit Pawar after alleging scam role.

__ Eknath Godse, BJP leader

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What we have witnessed in these past weeks in Maharashtra is a complete collapse of notion of politics being about a vision of a better future and what is best for the people. Instead, we saw a sordid drama played out in five star hotels in Bombay with money replacing vision and ideas.

__ Mohan Guruswamy, a policy analyst

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The optics were there for all to see and deconstruct. Uddhav Thackray lay prostrate on the stage, bowing to the people of Maharashtra after taking the oath. It shows humility. Not the quality one associates to the Shiv Sena.

__ Shobha De, Columnist

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The BJP has become an expert at pulling off heists. By normalizing poaching or defections to stitch together majorities, it mocks the institution of political parties and multi party democracy.

__ Shikha Mukherjee, Senior Journalist in Calcutta

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The truth is that there is an ugly underbelly in the ultra right that pays lip service to the Mahatma but actually valorises the likes of Nathuram Godse. Pragya Thakur represents that underbelly.

__ Pavan K. Verma, a former diplomat and JD (U) leader

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We are implementing what we have announced and we will go by the welfare of the people.

__ Edappadi K. Palniswami, Tamil Nadu CM, on gifting Rs.1000 each to two crore ration card holders on Pongal to enjoy the festival, which may cost the exchequer roughly Rs.2,300 crore.

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I got transferred again. The reward for honesty is humiliation.

__ Ashok Khemka, IAS officer transferred by the Haryana government.

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The experiences I know of, that some of my sisters have been through, are horrendous. I am aware of some convents, where young novices are sent to priests for their pleasure as a matter of practice.

__ Sister Lucy’s autobiography

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

THUS SPAKE   
One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.

__ Grace M. Hopper