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The new reforms announced in the Budget will work to accelerate the economy, financially empower every citizen of the country and strengthen the foundation of the economy in this decade.

__ Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

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The government has given up on reviving the economy, or accelerating the growth rate or promoting private investment or increasing efficiency or creating jobs or winning a greater share of world trade.

__ P. Chidambaram, Former Finance Minister

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Government has taken steps to rationalise tax system , boost infrastructure, strengthen banking, promote investment and ease of doing business.

__ Amit Shah, Home Minister

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The main issue is unemployment. I did not see any concrete, strategic idea to help youngsters to get jobs…..I did not see any central idea in the Budget.

__ Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader

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The first budget of the new decade presented by FM Nirmala Sitharaman gives an outline of a new confident India. It is a promising, pro-active and progressive budget which will make India healthy and wealthy in coming years.

__ Rajnath Siingh, Union Defense Minister

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This is the longest non-Budget, Budget speech…..no plan recovery from economic slow down; complete state of denial, no road map to overcome slow down.

__ Sitaram Yechury, CPIM general secretary

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For the first time in the history of the country, priority has been given to farmers, poor and rural areas. This is a boon to the farmers.

__ B.S. Yedyiyurappa, Karnataka CM

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I am shocked and appalled to see how the central govt. plan to ambush the heritage and legacy of public institutions….

__ Mamta Banerjee, West Bengal CM

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Huge dip in the state’s share from the central is a matter of big concern.

__ Pinarayi Vijayan

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The biggest takeaway for me was the call out from the Finance minister that ‘wealth creators will be respected’. This will be a massive boost to business confidence and entrepreneurship and a sign that we are serious about building a new India, where corporate India and new age entrepreneurs will be stakeholders in growth.

__ Sunil Bharati Mittal, Founder & Chairman, Bharti Enterprises

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Although my immediate response to the Budget was satisfactory, now that I’ve read the fine print I must say I’m less optimistic about strong economic revival. In fact removal of exemptions in DDT will hurt individual tax payer and affect consumer spending. Why no export incentives?

__ Kiran Majumdar Shaw, CMD, Biocon

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Given the hard constraints in the economy, the finance minister has done a credible job at balancing the need for an economy in revival mode and fiscal orthodoxy. The FM could not have been aggressive on either count.

__ Gopichand Hinduja, Co-Chairman, Hinduja Group

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Given the constraints that the finance minister was facing, this has been a comprehensive statement. The government has done a commendable job and the various measures announced will strengthen India, individuals and industry.

__ Sangita Reddy, President, FICCI

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I never told John Bolton that the aide to Ukraine was tied to Democrats, including the Bidens. In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book.

__ US President, Donald Trump in a tweet

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If a President does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment.

__ Alan Dershowitz, President Trump’s defence lawyer

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Hindus and Sikhs of Pakistan who do not wish to be there can come back to India. Many national leaders and political parties have from time to time supported this idea of Pujya Bapu and further propagated it. India has always believed in the principle of equal respect for all faiths. However at the time of partition, this very belief of India and its people came under the most severe attack.

__ President Ram Nath Kovind addressing the joint session of Parliament

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

Considering the religious texts, doctrine and religious belief of the followers of Islam it is submitted that entry of women in the mosque for offering prayer/namaz inside the mosque is permitted. Thus a Muslim woman is free to enter the masjid for prayers. It is her option to exercise her right to avail such facilities as available for prayers in masjid…….The Muslim Woman is differently placed. As per doctrines of Islam, she is entitled to the same religious reward (sawab) for praying as per her option either in masjid or at home.

__ AIMPLB in a submission to Supreme Court

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Modi government continues to lie by invoking Gandhi’s ideas; now in the President’s address on the divisive CAA, their lie stand exposed. Gandhi spoke the exact opposite….Gandhiji was killed because he stood for a secular and inclusive India.

__ Sitaram Yechuri, CPIM general secretary

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Such efforts (EU resolutions on Kashmir, CAA) were uncalled for and unwarranted. As a mature republic and democratic polity , we are capable of addressing the concerns of any of our citizens and we need no advice or guidance in such matters from others.

__ M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President

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As members of the Inter Parliamentary Union, we should respect sovereign processes of fellow legislatures, especially in democracies.

__ LS Speaker Om Birla in a letter to European Parliament President, David Maria Sassoli on EU resolutions

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These people (critics of the citizenship law) are spreading propaganda that the decisions that the government took have affected my reputation in the entire world. These rumour- mongers must understand that I don’t work for my reputation, but for India’s reputation.

__ Narendara Modi, Prime Minister

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There are issues in the country, like jobs and development, which are to be addressed. Either you believe in the Constitution framed by Babasaheb Ambedkar or not. If you do not believe in just tear up and throw it. India is a secular country and it should not be divided in the name of religion.

__ Narayan Tripathi, BJP MLA in MP

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The hatred spread by Modi and Shah is the reason for the entire crisis. Our duty is to defeat it by love and compassion.

__ Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader

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NRC process will create the biggest statelessness crisis in the world, causing immense human suffering.

__ Francisco Bencosme, Amnesty International

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United Kingdom cannot stop protests on its soil as that is part of the democratic culture.

__ Sir Dominic Asquith, UK High Commissioner to India

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Our banking and financial system, having gone through a lot of cleaning up, now needs to go into expansion mood.

__ Sanjeev Sanyal, Principal Economic Adviser, Finance Ministry

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This (invest in Indian startups) is one of the most important issues we have been discussing (at the Sebi panel). That is, what are the policy changes that are to make sure that there is more of Indian and domestic money coming into the start up sector because today it is by and large from abroad….To do that pension funds must be allowed, corporations must be allowed, banks must be allowed .

__ N.R.Narayana Murthy, Co-founder of software giant Infosys

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Most dramatic of all, IMF estimates that Bangladesh’s GDP growth in the current year will be 8.1%, far above India’s 4.8%. Bangladesh suddenly looks more of a magnet for workers than India.

__ Neeraj Kaushal,Professor of Social Policy at Columbia University

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GDP growth last year was the lowest in 11 years, private consumption was the lowest in seven years, investments were slowest in the last 17 years, manufacturing was at its lowest in 15 years….

__ Manish Tiwari, Congress leader

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

Students in universities across the country have joyously, consciously and spontaneously taken over the celebration of nationalist symbols. For the young in India irrespective of caste or creed, the national flag has become a much loved symbol of protest.

__ Pavan K. Verma, Author and former diplomat

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There’s lot of interest (in Air India’s sale). Today’s (Jan 27) attempt is qualitative different from the previous attempt. Air India and Air India Express are a great asset.

__ Hardeep Puri, Union Minister for Civil Aviation

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Though Air India has lost its sheen, it is still a much loved brand and has huge potential value that can be unlocked by the right strategic investor.

__ G.Gopinath, Founder of Air Deccan

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It was on the basis of trust that we divulged details. The information presented in the book is not something people do not know already. For the sake of authenticity, he ( T. M.Krishna) approached my father and uncle and in good faith they shared the details because they believed the book was about mridhangam makers….He did not tell us the tone of the book was caste-based …..

__ Palghat R.Ramprasad, Vocalist, grandson of Palghat Mani Iyer on T.M. Krishna’s book “Sebastian and Sons” on Dalit Christian mridhangam makers.

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I am a hardworking person and like hardworking people. (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi sir has been working day and night for the country. If I can do something for the country with him, it will be my good fortune. I draw a lot of inspiration from Modi sir.

__ Saina Nehwal, Badminton champion and former world number one

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There’s a saying which goes “the harder you work the luckier you get”. And in this context, (Virat) Kohli is very lucky. The depth of players that he can now choose from is fantastic. And you’re not even taking about the guys you are with the (India) A side at the moment…..At this rate we can end up fieldng two XIs in Australia.

__ Anshuman Gaekwad, former India batsman and coach.

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

People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.

__ Lewis Cass

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