THUS SPAKE 
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THUS SPAKE 

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For years humans have been at war with the planet, now it is fighting back.

__ Antonie Gueterres, UN Chief

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Sadly, but with confidence and humility and a heart full of love for America I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment(against President Trump)

__ Nancy Pelosi, Speaker, House of Representatives

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Demonstrations that began on November 15 show people’s frustration with the country’s situation. It has a complete resemblance to the brutal killing of people on the bloody date September 8, 1978.

__ Mir Hossein Mousavi, Iranian Opposition leader

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In India we want to find the right partners in environment solutions, which I think Sweden is quite good at.

__ King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

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There is no check on the activities that are going on in cantonment or under which law an action is being taken. We were labeled as agents of India and CIA when we examined the Army Act.

__ Asif Khosa, Chief Justice of Pakistan

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Extensions to army chiefs are routine in Pakistan. So when Imran tried to give one to Gen. Bajwa, the PM was blindsided by the Chief Justice’s opposition to it.

__ Karamatullah K. Ghori, former Pakistani diplomat

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They (predecessors) were unable to prevent the spread of Islamic extremism

__ Gotbaya Rajpaksa, Sri Lankan President

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I don’t hate them at all. And some of them, I have great respect for, and great love for, almost. Some of them were so compassionate. And it really led me to think about…….how did they end up like this?

__ Timothy Weeks, Australian Professor who was held captive by the Taliban and freed recently.

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

I believe justice loses its character as justice if it becomes revenge. Justice never is or ought to be instant. Justice must never ever take the form of revenge.

__ S. A. Bobde, Chief Justice of India

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I would apologise 100 times if anyone felt hurt on the comment or observations I made during the course hearing.

__ Arun Mishra, Supreme Court Judge

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Although comments by foreigners are resented as interference in China’s internal affairs, Chinese are politically mature enough to know that the American bark is worse than its bite.

__ Sunanda K. Datta Ray, Senior journalist, columnist and author

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I think Indian food is terrible and we pretend it isn’t.

__ Tim Nichols, US academician in a tweet

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There are several reasons why Indian cuisine is both understated and underrated. Often it is overpowering, both in its complexity and flavor, perhaps overwhelming the likes of Tim Nichols.

__ Chidananda Rajghatta, Times of India, Washington

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We have made provisions that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after he ceases to be PM for five years, will not get SPG cover. ……Four amendments were made to SPG Act in the past but this fifth amendment is not because of Gandhi family because review was done even before this Bill was brought and the SPG cover was removed. Now they are provided with the CRPF Z plus security. It is the highest security anyone can get.

__ Amit Shah, Union Home Minister

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Give citizenship to six minorities will be yet another Modi government push to the spirit of “Sarv dharm sambhav”.

__ Rajnath Singh, Union Defence Minister

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When the sad event of 1984 took place, Gujralji on that very sad evening went to the then home minister, Shri Narasimha Rao and told him that the situation is so grave that it is necessary for the government to call in the Army. If that advice had been heeded, perhaps the massacre that took place in 1984 could have been avoided.

__ Dr.Manmohan Singh, Former prime minister of India

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The CAB is aimed at destroying the basis of India. India’s citizens are its citizens, irrespective of what faith they follow or don’t, what they eat, what work they do, their caste, creed, place of residence, gender or colour of skin….Citizenship cannot be determined by or linked to religion. This is what makes the Citizenship Amendment Bill unacceptable and unconstitutional.

__ Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary, CPIM

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I think the bill is fundamentally unconstitutional because the basic idea of India has been violated in the Bill. Those who believe that religion should determine neighbourhood….. that was the idea of Pakistan, they created Pakistan. We have always argued that our idea of nation was Mahatma Gandhi, Nehruji, Maulana Azad, Dr. Ambedkar has said - that religion cannot determine nationhood.

__ Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP

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The Bill will also affect (our) culture, language and even our political power.

__ Tarun Gogoi, Former Assam Chief Minister

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(Prime Minister) Modi had offered me to work together. I told him that our personal relations are very good and they will remain that way but it is not possible for me to work together….there was an offer to make Supriya (Sule) a minister in the Modi-led cabinet.

__ Sharad Pawar, NCP chief

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Don’t make the mistake of reading weakness in our gratitude for the opening of the corridor…any such attempt by Islamabad will be met with retaliation of the kind that they would never be able to survive.

__ Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister

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Politics in India is in need of intelligent youngsters.

__ Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister

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Negotiations between the various Naga political groups and the GoI have concluded. We are poised on the verge of history being made as we are poised on the verge of history being made as we could be very close to the final solution.

__ Neiphiu Rio, Nagaland Chief Minister

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If you would have been good to us then, all this (BJP-Shiv Sena split) would have not happened. I have learnt a lot of things from Fadnavis and I will always be friends with him.

__ Uddhav Thackeray, Maharashtra Chief Minister

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You (supporters who wish to meet her) are asking me time to meet me. I am going to give you time after eight to ten days. During this time I want time to introspect a bit. What to do next? Which way to go? What can we give our people? What do people expect? After pondering upon these questions I will appear before you on December 12.

__ Pankaja Munde, BJP leader and elder daughter of late Gopinath Munde in a tweet

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

Does she eat avocado?

__ P.Chidambaram, former finance Minister in reply to Nirmala Sitaraman’s statement that she doesn’t eat much onion

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What happens even after punishment is given (to the rape accused). We all are witness. Appeal, mercy (petition)…..Can anybody think of having mercy on such people. We should really think about change in legal system, in our judicial system. This kind of violation of the dignity of women cannot go unchallenged. It should be nipped in the bud.

__ M. Venkaiah Naidu, Rajya Sabha Chairman

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The government should ensure that the guilty (in the Telangana rape case) are punished.

__ Mayawati, BSP chief

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These types of people (the rape accused in the Telangana case) need to be brought out in public and lynched.

__ Jaya Bachchan, Samajwadi Party MP

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We repeatedly warned them, asked them to surrender.

__ V. C. Sajjanar, Hyderabad Commissioner of Police on the killing of alleged four rapists

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We didn’t know about the killings until we switched on the TV this morning. Though we may not get our daughter back this feeling of justice comforts us.

__ Disha’s father

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To arrest an accused and get them appropriate conviction from a Court in a rape or murder case is not an easy task. Police have to work hard.

__ P.K. Hormis Tharakan, former RAW chief.

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All the accused persons have been arrested. The case will be taken to a fast-track court and punishment will be given.

__ Yogi Adityanath, UP CM

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At the social level we are all guilty, but at the same time, this also points out to the hollow law and order mechanism in UP.

__ Priyanka Gandhi, Congress leader

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The death of Unnao’s daughter is shameful to everyone. God give courage to the family. The country is with them in this fight.

__ Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM

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I believe that Congress and some other parties are better equipped to pull the economy after the slowdown and push economic growth but we have to wait for better times.

__ P. Chidambaram, Former Union Finance Minister

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Food inflation is likely to go up while upsurge in prices of vegetables is expected to continue in the immediate months.

__ Shaktikanta Das, Governor, RBI.

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I don’t eat much onion and garlic. I come from such a family which doesn’t have much to do with onion.

__ Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister

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Nobody is asking you whether you eat onions. You are the FM and we are asking why the economy is struggling

__ Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader.

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The only thing more alarming than this government’s inability to control price of onions is the callousness of Modi and his Ministers.

__ Sitaram Yechury, CPIM General Secretary

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Tenures are finished…..You cannot go beyond tenure. They have done a good job. We will fix the term for selectors and it is no right to appoint selectors every year.

__ Saurav Ganguly, BCCI President

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Today is my sixth Ballon d’Or. As my wife said you must stop never stop dreaming, but always work to improve and continue to enjoy. I hope to continue for a long time. I realize that I am very lucky, even if, one day, retirement will ring in. It will be difficult. But I still have beautiful years ahead of me. Time goes very quickly, so I want to enjoy football and my family.

__ Lionel Messi, Champion footballer

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I hope my promotion to the ICC Panel of Match Referees and records like this can inspire many females.

__ G.S.Lakshmi, former India cricketer set to become first woman Match Referee for men’s ODI

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T H O U G H T F OR TH E W E E K

Let yourself feel insecure from time to time, it will help you grow as an individual.

__ Sundar Pichai, CEO Google

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