THUS SPAKE
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THUS SPAKE

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I call on all sides to keep the flame of dialogue and self restraint alight and ward off the shadow of hostility.

__ Pope Francis

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They attacked us and we hit back. If they attack again, we will hit them harder than they have ever been hit before! We have targeted 52 Iranian sites.

__ Donald Trump, U S President

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China is concerned about the situation in the Middle East. The US adventurism goes against the basic norms governing international ties….We urge the US not to abuse its force.

__ Geng Shuang, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman

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The families of US soldiers in the Middle East will spend days waiting for death of their kids. Crazy Trump, don’t think that everything is over with my father’s martyrdom.

__ Zeinap, Qasem Soleimani’s daughter

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Trump is a ‘terrorist in a suit’. He will learn history very soon that nobody can defeat ‘the great Iranian nation and culture’.

__ Mohammad-Jawad Azari Jahromi, Iran’s Information and Telecommunications Minister

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I doubt they have the courage to initiate a conflict in which the Americans threaten to strike 52 targets.

__ Abdol Rahim Mousavi, Army Chief of Iran

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Just concluded a conversation with Jawad Zarif. Noted that developments have taken a very serious turn. India remains deeply concerned about the levels of tension.

__ S. Jaishankar, Indian Foreign Minister

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The US will take their own operational judgment call but they have got the right of self defense.

__ Dominic Raab, British Foreign Secretary

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Saudi Arabia was not consulted by Washington over a US drone strike that killed a top Iranian General.

__ Saudi official

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I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony I am prepared to testify.

__ John Bolton, former White House National Security Adviser

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I wish I were dead….

__ Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander who took full responsibility for accidental shootdown of Ukranian plane

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A sad day. Human error at the time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster.

__ Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Foreign Minister.

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On Monday they (Siemens) will announce their decision. Please help pushing them to make the only right decision. #Stop Adani

__ Greta Thunberg, Climate activist

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Some people came from outside…… sons and brothers turned upon each other for power, and struggle for succession continued. This is not the history of India I am not saying this, Gurudev said this……….The Central government is renovating historic buildings. Starting from Kolkata such buildings in Delhi, Ahmedabad and Varanasi will be renovated so that they can have new galleries and house new exhibitions and can be a venue for Theatre, Drama or Music concerts.

__ Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kolkata

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As such there is so much violence. The country is going through difficult times and the endeavour should be for peace. Such petitions do not help.

__ S. A. Bobde, Chief Justice of India, on a plea which sought a declaration that CAA is constitutional

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Power under section of the Cr. PC cannot be used as a tool to prevent legitimate expression of opinion or grievance or exercise of any democratic right…Such a power used in a casual and cavalier manner would result in severe illegality.

__ Supreme Court

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SC delivers the big jolt of 2020 to illegal activities of Modi Government by stating importance of Internet as a fundamental right. Double shock for Modi-Shah that dissent cannot be oppressed by imposing Section 144.

__ Randeep Singh Surjewala Congress spokesman in a tweet

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The government has been regularly taking steps to help sectors which are facing challenges. Without waiting for the budget we are taking the steps.

__ Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister

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Mr. Modi’s most extensive budget consultation ever, is reserved for crony capitalist friends and the super rich. He has no interest in the views or voices of our farmers, students, youth, women, government and PSU employees, small businessmen or middle class tax payer.

__ Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader in a tweet.

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Here is a suggestion, next budget meeting, consider inviting Finance Minister.

__ Congress in its official twitter handle using the hashtag ‘Finding Nirmala’

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To dispel the misinformation campaign being conducted, I intend to make it clear that despite the NCLAT [National Company Law Appellate Tribunal] order in my favour, I will not be pursuing the executive chairmanship of Tata Sons or directorship of TCS, Tata Tele Services, Tata Industries.

__ Cyrus Mistry, Former Head of Tata Sons Ltd

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We cannot have a situation where the India ops of Tata Steel keep funding the mounting losses at plants in the UK or Netherlands just to keep them going.

__ N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Group

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The bone-chilling attack is a grim reminder of the extent the government will go to stifle dissent.

__ Sonia Gandhi, Congress President

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The brutal attack on JNU students and teachers is shocking. The fascists in control of our nation are afraid of the voices of our brave students. Today’s violence in JNU is a reflection of that fear.

__ Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader

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

Any Indian who cares of the nation’s image should worry….Too many echoes of the years when Germany was moving to Nazi rule.

__ Abhjit Bannerjee, Nobel Laureate

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Reports from JNU point to collusion between the administration and goons of the ABVP to inflict violence….It is a planned attack by those in power, which is afraid of the resistance provided by JNU to its HIndutva agenda.

__ Sitaram Yechury, CPIM Gen. Sec and ex JNUSU Chief

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JNU violence is highly condemnable. Director, Delhi Police to take all possible steps in coordination with JNU administrationto maintain law and order.

__ Anil Baijal, Lt. Governor of Delhi

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I am so shocked to know about the violence in JNU…..how will the country progress if our students are not safe in varsity campus?

__ Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM

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JNU campus is a closed campus where the security staff belongs to the varsity administration. Delhi cops have no role in it.

__ M S Randhawa, Delhi police spokesperson

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

The silver lining is that as recent events have shown, enough Indians are refusing to be cowed down. This is embittering and shaking the government and its supporters even more. In the short run we need three things. There has to be an absolute refusal to patronize anyone who normalizes the “tukde tukde” gang talk – licensing the militarization of domestic policies. There has to be institutional accountability: From the JNU VC to the Home Minister. But this moment also requires the forces of protest to be more visible in the peaceful and dignified way they have been over the last few days.

__ Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Contributing Editor, The Indian Express

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The situation in the country smacks of total anarchy……If doctors and nurses are not safe in the capital of the country it speaks volumes of the governance or the lack of it.

__ IMA statement following the mindless violence on doctors and nurses who went to treat the injured at JNU

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As violent physical force was unleashed, students rose to forge our democratic future.

__ Atul Sood and Udaya Kumar, JNU Professors

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When it’s students, they call them tukde-tukde gang; educated middle class – urban naxals; Muslims – terrorists; Sikhs – Khalistanis and Hindus: Anti-National. The government has a name for every one asking questions.

__ Kannan Gopinathan, former IAS official

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I am very angry at what is happening, but it is worse that there is no action being taken.

__ Deepika Padukone, Actor on JNU violence

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Shocked and anguished over killing of Sikh youth in Pakistan. Imran Khan Government must ensure strict punishment for the culprits.

__ Amarinder Singh, Punjab CM

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Today I want to thank my daughter. It has taken 7 years. Her struggle is over now.

__ Asha Devi, Nirbhaya’s mother on the judgment to hang the 4 rape accused

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On Feb 8, 2018 a Boeing employee messaged, “Would you put your family on a Max Simulator trained aircraft? I wouldn’t.” Second employee responds: “No”…………

In another recorded conversation a Boeing executive states, “The DGCA in India is apparently even stupider, if that’s the word……I am drinking obviously”.

In yet another conversation a Boeing executive says about the DGCA ” I just Jedi mind tricked this (these) fools.”

__ Internal messages of Boeing released recently

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You don’t need big budgets to make big films, you need intelligence.

__ Ajay Devgn, actor

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It is a shame. We played a great game After so long we felt good again. We were in control. Dominated and attacked all the time. We let it slip through childish mistakes, when Athletico was already almost dead, in less than ten minutes they turned round the game that we should have seen out. It hurts because it is the title and we want to be in the final and win it. We showed a different side to what we have been showing recently against Espanyol.

__ Lionel Messi after Barca losing to Athletico Madrid

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

In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.

__ Warren Buffett

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