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Education is the best for social empowerment. I am not only passionate advocate of this belief, but stand before you as a proof of it too. Universities are great hubs of ideas, but they are not ivory towers. They are part of society and thus remain engaged with social change. ….Four months back I had a meeting regarding an endowment fund created by IIT Delhi. In a month’s time the alumni were able to collect Rs.350 cr. The fund could not only be used for infrastructure, but also for setting up new centres of learning.

__ President Ram Nath Kovind

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We have to again make India a vishwa guru. And for that to happen, we need to improve the quality of education in Indian universities. It is sad to note no Indian university could find a place among the top 300 universities in this year’s Time World University Ranking.

__ Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu

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I have never thought about my age or gender, I think of the reasons I got into politics and those things were for which we have won the trust of the electorate.

__ Sanna Marin (34) of Finland, the world’s youngest PM

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

We will get Brexit done on time by 31st of January, no ifs, no buts, no maybes.

__ Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister after Conservatives win elections.

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We welcome the indictment of Hafiz Saeed and his associates…….We call for Pakistan to ensure a full prosecution and expeditious trial in line with its international obligations to counter terrorist financing and bring the perpetrators of terrorists attacks like 26/11 to justice.

__ Alice G. Wells, US Acting Asst. Secretary of State for South and Central Asia

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To understand what has gone wrong, we need to start first with the centralized nature of our current government. Not just decision-making but also ideas and plans emanate from a small set of personalities around the prime minister and in the prime minister’s office….That works well for the party’s political and social agenda which is well laid out, and where all these individuals have domain expertise. It works less well for economic reforms where there is less coherent articulated agenda at the top and less domain knowledge of how the economy works at the national rather state level.

__ Raghuram Rajan, former RBI Governor

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So far effectively the disinvestment figure had to decide fiscal deficit figure….But what we see now basically profitable companies like Bharat Petroleum is also being given to the private sector. It is a change in stance the way we view disinvestment and it also explains why this is required…The private sector does a far better job of taking the savings of the economy and ploughing it back in form of taxes and job creation. The public sector can then use it for welfare.

__ Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor

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A landmark day for India and our nation’s ethos of compassion and brotherhood! Glad that the #CAB2019 has been passed in the #Rajya Sabha.

__ Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Every view presented in Parliament is important.

__ Om Birla, Lok Sabha Speaker

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Today marks a dark day in the Constitutional history of India. The passage of the CAG marks the victory of the narrow-minded and bigoted forces over India’s pluralism.

__ Sonia Gandhi, Congress President

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We will have to differentiate between introducers and refugees. Citizenship amendment bill does not discriminate against anyone and does not snatch anyone’s rights.

__ Amit Shah, Union Home Minister

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This (bill) is a slap on the face of Parliament.

__ P. Chidambaram, Congress leader

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CAB is an attack on the Constitution. Anyone who supports it is attacking and attempting to destroy the foundation of our nation.

__ Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader

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We are concerned that India’s new Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, is fundamentally discriminatory in nature.

__ Jeremy Laurence, UN Human Rights Spokesman in Geneva

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We reject this bill of Jinnah and Savarkar’s dreams. The Bill unconstitutional, and divides our people. We will continue to fight against it.

__ Sitaram Yechury, CPIM General Secretary

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Last night at midnight, India’s tryst with bigotry and narrow minded exclusion was confirmed as the CAB passed in the LS.

__ Priyanka Gandhi, AICC General Secretary (Uttar Pradesh)

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With the passage of CAB in LS the real faces of opposition parties who were holding power in the name of so-called secularism stood exposed.

__ Kailash Vijayargiya

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Sri Lankan Tamils did not come to India due to religious persecution. They came here due to a full-fledged war in the country.

__ Dr. Subramanian Swamy, BJP leader

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This bill should be thrown into the Bay of Bengal.

__ Vaiko, MDMK leader

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I think this bill will not pass the test in the Supreme Court when it is challenged. It is actually like putting a fence around Muslim residents of India and reducing them to the category of second class citizens.

__ K T S Tulsi, Senior Advocate and RS member

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The CAB in no way impinges upon the rights of the minorities communities in India. The legislation is not aimed at just one particular region for it’s based on reasonable classification addressing the existential challenge for a group of religious minorities. The classification thus is legally sound, and has precedence in the past few decades when India extended similar benefits to the people fleeing from Uganda and Sri Lanka.

__ G V L Narasiha Rao, BJP spokesperson and RS member

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CAB is divisive, discriminatory and against the fundamental premises of our Constitution, above all, it is an all-out assault on the idea of India.

__ K C Venugopal, AICC General Secretary

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If the CB passes in both Houses of Parliament the United States government should consider sanctions against the Home Minister and other principal leadership.

__ US International Commission on Religious Freedom

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The statement made by USCIRF is neither accurate nor warranted. The Bill provides expedited consideration for Indian citizenship to persecuted religious minorities already in India from certain contiguous countries……

___ Ravish Kumar, MEA Spokesperson

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The chief ministers who claim they will not implement the law (CAB) are terribly ignorant of the Constitution or are lying to the public.

__ K. V. Dhananjay, Advocate

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There is no evidence to show that these attacks were either inspired or instigated or abated by any minister of the State (Gujarat)

__ Nanavati Commission Report on Godhra 2002 riots giving clean chit to the Gujarat CM Narendra Modi.

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

You remember Modi’s “Make in India” programme to push indigenous products and generate jobs? How many got jobs? Today it is replaced by Rape in India.

__ Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader, addressing an election rally in Mahagama in Jharkhand’s Santhal Pargana

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It is with a sense of outrage that women MPs of BJP have approached the Election Commission of India to take strongest action possible against Rahul Gandhi.

__ Smriti Irani, Union Minister

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It is aimed at providing employment to youth in the country but people are now rhyming with remarks which cannot be uttered……Such members have no moral right to be a member of the Lok Sabha.

__ Rajnath Singh, Union Defence Minister

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The BJP asked me to apologise. My name is not Rahul Savarkar. It is Rahul Gandhi. And I will never apologise for speaking the truth. I will die, but I will not apologise for speaking the truth nor will any congressman will do so. It is Narendra Modi and his assistant Amit Shah who has to apologise to the country for destroying India’s economy.

__ Rahul Gandhi, Congress MP

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The name Savarkar denotes national pride and self respect. Like Nehru and Gandhi, Savarkar too dedicated his life to the country. Every such God must be revered. There is no compromise on this.

__ Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena MP

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He (Deve Gowda) imagines he has an aura. This is the consequence of circumstance that put him in the prime minister’s chair once upon a time. He could not stay there even for one year. Yet those fluke ten months gave him a prime minister fixation that was both comic and dangerous. He was convinced that the country wanted to be led by not only him but also his sons, grandsons and even daughter-in-law.

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

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Law is in your (Fathima A.S. and Bindu Ammini who sought entry into Sabarimala on the basis of SC’s 2018 judgment) favour, we know. If they (govt.) do not comply with our judgment, we will send them to jail. But it is an emotive issue. The tradition in existence for thousand years…Be Patient and wait for the seven-judge bench ruling.

__ Supreme Court of India

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Part of my deal (with Rajasthan Royals was) because I had retired from international cricket and I came out (of retirement) they asked me to be captain, coach and run a cricket team the way I wanted to run it; I was the one-stop shop.

__ Shane Warne, Australian Cricketer

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I love chess and still enjoy playing the game. Preparations have been different than what it has been in the past, keeping in mind the changing style of play of the youngsters. Nothing special of the landmark. Just another good birthday to celebrate with family.

__ Vishwanathan Anand, chess maestro, on turning 50 years

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s Executive Committee approved unanimously to assert a non-compliance on the Russian anti-doping agency for a period of four years.

__ James Fitzgerald, WADA spokesman

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This is a continuation of this anti-Russian hysteria that has already become chronic. The decision that was taken today was political and not simply about sports.

__ Dmitry Medvedev, Russian Prime Minister

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

Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.

__ Jesse Jackson, American Civil Rights Activist **********************************************************************

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