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THUS SPAKE

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We must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of apocalypse.

__ Donald Trump, President of USA

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Let’s be clear: We don’t need a low carbon economy, we don’t need to lower emissions. Our emissions have to stop if we are to have a chance to stay below the 1.5 degrees target.

__ Greta Thunberg

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Nationalism far from being reversed made further headway. The biggest and most frightening setback occurred in India, where a democratically Narendra Modi is creating a Hindu nationalist state, imposing punitive measures on Kashmir, a semi-autonomous Muslim region and threatening to deprive Muslims of their citizenship.

__ George Soros, Billionaire investor and Philanthropist

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It is an internal affair. Bangladesh has always maintained that the CAA and the NRC are internal matters of India. The government of India, on their part, has also repeatedly maintained that the NRC is an internal exercise of India, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has in person assured me of the same during my visit to New Delhi in October 2019. …..But within India people are facing many problems…..We don’t understand why (Indian government) did it. It was not necessary.

__ Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh PM

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President Trump’s obstruction of the enquiry was categorical, indiscriminate and historically unprecedented.

__ Val Demings, Impeachment Manager

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Stepping back from the top jobs might suit him (Vladmir Putin). He prefers grand military and global affairs to the grind of domestic policies.

__ The Guardian

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More and more of those born in this century are participating in the national discourse. With the passage of time we are losing links with our great freedom struggle, but there is no reason to worry about our continuity of the beliefs that guided it.

__ President Ram Nath Kovind

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

Students should learn their mother tongues, English, Hindi and other regional languages as a way to celebrate the unity and diversity of the country.

__ Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

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Today (Tuesday, Jan 21) I have come to Lucknow to say it aloud that whoever wants to protest can protest, but the CAA won’t be taken back.

__ Amit Shah, Union Home Minister

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The Sangh follows the constitution of India. It does not have any agenda and it does not want to become another power centre.

__ Mohan Bhagwat, RSS chief

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I will work day and night along with party workers to take BJP to new heights. There are some states left and we have set our aim there.

__ J P Nadda

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In recent days young people across the country have reminded us that freedom is best secured in the custody of enlightened citizens and when it is protected for all………Indeed the idea of freedom can acquire shape and form in the lives of our people only if they can live as actual citizens under the law.

__ Dr. Manmohan Singh, Former Prime Minister

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QUOTE O F T H E W E E K

It is not the judge but the law that deals with a criminal. A judge, being a human being cannot forgive a murderer. The law and the judge act for the society.

__ Sharad A. Bobde, Chief Justice of India

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India has slipped 10 places in the democracy index. Anyone who has closely observed the events of the last two years knows that the democracy has eroded and democratic institutions have been debilitated. Those who are in power are the real tukde, tukde gang.

__ P. Chidambaram, Congress leader

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I believe the CAA is unconstitutional. Every State Assembly has the constitutional right to pass a resolution and seek its withdrawal. When and if the law is declared to be constitutional by the Supreme Court, then it will be problematic to oppose it. The fight must go on.

__ Kapil Sibal, Congress leader

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It is not a personal fight between me and the Government (Kerala State). I am not important. But what is important is the Constitution and the law of the land….In many of its decisions, the Supreme Court has made it clear that the constitutional powers given to the government are mandatory….I will act to protect the Constitution. I will see to it that the rule of business is followed. What the government has done is in contravention of the act.

__ Arif Mohamed Khan, Kerala Governor

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In the case of important legislation normally the state government may apprise the Governor as a form of courtesy.

__ Justice P. Sathasivam, Former Kerala Governor

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There is no such constitutional convention. This is a suit the State has filed against the Centre. The Governor is the representative of the Union. Why should he be consulted before hand? He cannot go beyond what the Ministry of Home Affairs says anyway.

__ Former Attorney General K. Parasaran

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We have projected global growth at 2.9 per cent for 2019 and 3.3 per cent for 2020 which is 0.1 per cent lower than earlier. Over 80 per cent of the cut in global growth rate comes from our downgrade for India.

__ Gita Gopinathan, IMF Chief Economist

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Many of the senior executives are optimistic about India, especially in the long run. We still have 5 to 6 per cent growth……We have a lot of people coming out of poverty into consuming class, more so in India than almost any other, bar China perhaps. You have technology disruption that is helping. We can leapfrog in multiple sectors and we see that happening in spades in India.

__ Oliver Conby, Asia Chairman at McKinsey

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63 Indian billionaire’s combine wealth at Rs. 24,42,200 cr. is higher than the total Union Budget of the country for the fiscal year 2018-19.

__ Rights Group Oxfam study released before WEF, Davos

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Modi extracts wealth from India’s poor and gives it his crony capitalist friends & the big power brokers he’s dependent on. 1% India’s super rich now owns 4 times more wealth than one billion of India’s poor.

__ Rahul Gandhi on Oxfam report in Twitter

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Our broken economies are lining the pockets of billionaires and big business at the expense of ordinary men and women. No wonder people are starting to question whether billionaires should even exist.

__ Amitabh Behar, CEO, OXFAM India

Unlike the Soviet Union, which failed in a similar strategy, China is effectively creating a new consumer culture behind protectionist walls, as both a tool of political control and an engine of economic growth.

__ Ruchir Sharma, Author and Global Investor

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Science does not stop because you have got a big award

__ Nobel Laureate Venki Ramakrishnan

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Indian govt. should not be funding Gandhi centres or statues in other countries, particularly in Africa. It comes across as patronizing.

__ Ramachandra Guha

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In the light for independence and shaping of our Republic in its early years, Krishna Menon’s place was alongside Gandhi, Nehru, Patel and Azad. Those brought up on the legend that Krishna Menon was an evil genius, a Rasputin, will find this difficult to stomach. Let’s admit it without ifs and buts: Krishna Menon is one of the makers of India.

__ T. J. S. George. Veteran journalist and author

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

Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest, lend less than thou owest.

__ William Shakespeare

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