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Today (December 19) marks the culmination in the House of one of the most shameful political episodes of our nation. Without a single Republican vote or any proof of wrong doing Democrats pushed illegitimate articles of impeachment through the House of Representatives.

__ Donald Trump, President of America

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The situation in Hong Kong in 2019 was the most complex and difficult since its return to the motherland….The central government fully recognizes the courage and assumption of responsibility you (Carrie Lam) have displayed in these exceptional times in Hong Kong.

__ Xi Jingping, Chinese President

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We direct the law enforcing agencies to strive their level best to apprehend the fugitive/convict (former Pak President Gen. Musharraf) to ensure that the punishment is inflicted as per law and if found dead his corpse be dragged to the D Chowk, Islamabad, Pakistan and be hanged for 03 days.

__ Waqar Ahmed Seth, Peshawar High Court Chief Justice who headed the three member bench

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A malicious campaign has been started against the judiciary and myself. The allegations are baseless and incorrect. We know the limits of our powers and we know the truth shall always prevail.

__ Aseef Saeed Khosa, Outgoing chief justice of Pakistan

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No Indian has anything to worry regarding this Act (CAA). This Act is only for those who have faced years of persecution outside and have no other place to go except India…..A large number of political parties and MPs supported its passage. This Act illustrates India’s centuries-old culture of acceptance, harmony, compassion and brotherhood.

__ Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

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I want to tell you that the Supreme Court verdict has come, a grand Ram Temple touching the sky is going to be built in Ayodhya within four months.

__ Amit Shah, Union Home Minister

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What is important is coordinated action among by all advanced and emerging economies to revive growth. I am not implying that the slowdown in India is entirely due to global factors. But it does impact the growth prospects of India.

__ Shakhtikanta Das, Governor, Reserve Bank of India

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Extend of India’s slowdown surprised many, including us here at the IMF…..Given the cyclical position and the structural challenges of the Indian economy at this point, we recommend that policies focus on managing the slowdown in domestic demand, and on boosting productivity growth and supporting employment creation in the medium term. …..Politically the time – early in the government’s second term – is right for structural reform push.

__ Gita Gopinath, Chief Economist, IMF

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If India has to grow faster, States have to grow faster.

__ Dr. Bibek Debroy, Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

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At the heart of the current slowdown is the process of cleaning up non-performing assets. As the clean-up process progresses and measures are taken to strengthen bank balance sheets, growth is bound to pick up.

__ Arvind Panagariya, Professor Economics at Colombia University

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Today’s (December 18) judgment is not a personal victory for me, but is a victory for the principles of good governance and minority shareholder rights. It is a vindication of my stand taken when the then Board of Tata Sons, without warning or reason removed me, first as Executive Chairman, and then as Director of Tata Sons.

__ Cyrus Mistry on NCLAT restoring him as Chairman of Tata Sons

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It (the order) appears to even go beyond the specific reliefs sought by the appellant. It is not clear how it seeks to overrule the decisions taken by the shareholders of Tata Sons and listed Tata operating companies at validly constituted shareholders meetings.

__ Tata Sons statement.

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Glad that Mistry’s stand has been vindicated, what happened with him was oppressive. He was removed for his insistence on corporate governance. A strong objection was taken to the manner of removal – not a personal battle, but a battle of greater good.

__ Aryama Sundaram, Mistry’s Counsel

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The strong foundation of Bombay House will face the toughest test in dealing with the new uncertainties. I hope the Tata tradition of trust, service and values help them tide over this crisis. A quick resolution will help markets and industry.

__ Harsh Goenka, Chairman, RPG Enterprises

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If they (directors) have any moral fibre, they should resign today. The board showed no integrity on that day. The Tata Sons board was micro-managed and controlled by Ratan Tata. The truth doesn’t change regardless of what the judgment is.

__ Nirmalya Kumar, Former Tata Honcho

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While it is a moral victory for Mistry, we do not know whether this will be a lasting one. He could be evicted again. As a result of this order, decision making at Tata Group will go into animated suspension for four weeks. Meanwhile, these four weeks would open a window for settlements.

__ Shailesh Haribhakti, Chief, Haribhakti Group

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First we want to be assured that there would be peace. We want rioting to stop. We are not saying students are responsible or police are innocent.

__ S. A. Bobde, Chief Justice of India

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Congress, AAP and Trinamool Congress are playing vote bank politics over CAA, and are misguiding the students and creating an environment of violence in the country.

__ Amit Shah, Union Home Minister

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I urge home minister Amit Shah to ensure that the nation does not burn. Your job is not to set the country on fire, but to douse it. …You (Shah) said none will lose citizenship. But you are (also) saying neither PAN nor Aaadhar will prove citizenship. Then what will work? An amulet from the BJP? The BJP has become a washing machine…..You are speaking of Sabka sath, sabhka vikas. But in reality you have done Sabka satyanaash (disaster for all).

__ Mamata Bannerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister

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We are concerned about the violence and alleged use of excessive force by security forces that we’ve seen that have been taking place in the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. We very much call for restraint and urge full respect for the rights of freedom of opinion and expression and peaceful assembly……The law would appear to undermine the commitment to equality before the law enshrined in India’s Constitution and India’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to which India is a State party, which prohibit discrimination based on racial, ethnic or religious grounds.

__ Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman of UN Secretary General,Antonio Gueterres

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I am very worried about the deteriorating law and order in Delhi. Peace should be restored immediately in Delhi – for this I have asked Home Minister for appointment.

__ Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM

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

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Modi’s two “masterstrokes”: Demonetisation destroyed the economy. NRC-CAA is intended to destroy our society.

__ Sitaram Yechury, CPIM General Secretary

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An attack on students is an attack on the soul of the nation.

__ Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, AICC General Secretary

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Our clash is not with (Hindu) Bengalis. Assam – or for that matter West Bengal or Punjab – was created on the basis of language. Bengalis who migrated to Assam before March 24, 1971 are part and parcel of Assamese Society.

__ Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, AGP leader and former Assam CM.

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If you want to overthrow my government, do it. But I will not surrender to you. As long as I am alive, I will not allow the Centre to implement the black Act.

__ Mamata Bannerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister

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There is no need for concern among people regarding the Citizenship Act. The Citizenship Amendment Act is not aimed at a particular community.

__ Arif Mohammad Khan, Kerala Governor

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The Constitution of India guarantees right to citizenship for all Indians, irrespective of their religion, caste, language, culture, gender and profession. This very right is being made void by the Citizenship Amendment Act. A move to decide citizenship on the basis of religion amounts to rejection of the Constitution. This is an exercise to divide people on communal lines.

__ Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Chief Minister

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They are not stopping (the farmers) from committing suicide and instead this is a strategy of the government aimed at their vote bank.

__ Kamal Haasan, President MNM

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Does BJP not realize that the headlines we want right now are about our economic recovery, and not videos of our female students in hijab in a face-off with baton wielding cops?

__ Chetan Bhagat, Novelist

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Kahe Ka NRC? What NRC?

__ Nitish Kumar, Bihar Chief Minister

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Nitish Kumar has been diabolical in his approach and wants to ride in two boats at the same time…..how can he oppose NRC and support CAA?

__ Rajesh Kuma Rathor, Bihar State Congress chief

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Eight states, including Bihar, which are ruled by an NDA ally, have refused to implement the law and Maharashtra should also take a similar stand…..But if the states oppose the Union government’s order, there is a likelihood that it may dismiss these state governments.

__ Sharad Pawar, NCP chief

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

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Fanaticism is foreign to Hinduism. It always honoured diversity, including atheism.

__ Sri Sri Ravishankar

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We condemn the violence unleashed on students of Jamia and AMU among other institutions. The use of police force against students exercising their fundamental rights to protests.

__ Joint Statement issued by students, scholars and alumni of the University of Oxford

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Brutal police violence unleashed against students at Jamia and AMU is a gross violation of human rights under the Constitution of India and International Human Rights Law.

__ Statement by scholars from various universities including Harvard, Ale, Columbia, Stanford and Tufts

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…it (CAA) fulfils the long-standing demand of providing refuge to persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan….Ever since the failure of the Liaquat-Nehru Pact of 1950, various parties like Congress, CPI(M), cutting across the ideological spectrum, have demanded the grant of citizenship to religious minorities from Pakistan and Bangladesh.

__ Joint statement issued by 1,100 academicians from various varsities in support of the law

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How can we dream of achieving a goal as ambitious of $ 5 trillion economy, when half our country’s population is unable to fully contribute to it due to its vulnerability in streets, work places and even households?

__ Sarvesh Tiwari, General Secretary, Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust

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The time has come to deal with rapists appropriately and immediately. The severity of the crime must be met with equal severity of the punishment. Proportions matter.

__ Rishiraj Singh, DG Prisons, Kerala

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It’s been a perfect day for me. A second one in ODIs, I can’t express it in words. Feeling very happy about it. I’ve been working very hard. I was struggling for 4-5 months but now I am bowling well, with the perfect pace and right variations, so it’s very satisfying for me.

__ Kuldeep Yadav after he became the first Indian to take two hatricks in ODIs

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Virat (Kohli) is up there with the very best and I’m not taking about (just) in his era. I am talking about since the game has begun. You look at his numbers and it’s just unreal. So I’ve a lot of respect for him…..Virat is going to break a lot of records. He has got the fitness level, the desire. India is a very successful team, so you can see him enjoying his cricket for a few years to come.

__ Brian Lara, West Indies Cricket Legend

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

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May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

__ D. D. Eisenhower

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