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This recent episode is but one more of example of pattern of Turkey interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. India finds that completely unacceptable. We particularly reject the repeated attempts by Turkey to justify the cross border terrorism practiced so blatantly by Pakistan.

__ Raveesh Kumar, Spokesperson, MEA

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In national interests these decisions (revoking of Article370, CAA) were necessary. Despite the various international pressures, we stand by these decisions that were always left behind in the past.

__ Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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I had a good discussion with the Prime Minister over issues concerning Maharashtra. I also discussed the CAA, NPR and NRC with him. No one need fear CAA. The NPR is not going to throw anyone out of the country.

__ Uddhav Thackeray, Maharashtra CM

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A few years ago, I was on a visit to Britain and having a discussion with a few intellectuals and our functionaries. A karyakarta advised me not to use the word Nationalism as English is not our language and it takes on a different meaning in England. He said it is okay to say ‘Nation’, ‘National’, ‘Nationality’ but not Nationalism as it alludes to [in England] Hitler, Nazism and Fascism.

__ Mohan Bhagwat, RSS Chief

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This is not the country I grew up in. I am a proud Indian but we are now becoming a Hindu Pakistan. The discourse has fallen so low. I have full respect for the Prime Minister. Either he is being misled or willfully misleading the country.

__ Iltija Javed, daughter of Mehbooba Mufti, former J&K CM

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We have forgiven our opposition for whatever remarks they made. I would also like to request the opposition parties to forget what happened during the elections. I want to work together with all the parties for the development of Delhi. I want to work together with the Central government to make Delhi a world-class city.

__ Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi

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

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We are not treated very well by India, but I happened to like Prime Minister Modi a lot. And he told me we will have seven million people between the airport and the event. And the stadium I understand, is sort of semi under construction. But it is going to be the largest stadium in the world. So it is going to be very exciting.

__ Donald Trump, American President

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The great threat to pluralism is the suppression of difference and the silencing of popular and unpopular voices…suppression of intellect is the suppression of the conscience of the nation.

__ Justice D Y Chandrachud, Judge Supreme Court

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We thank the versatile genius, who thinks globally and acts locally, Sri Narendra Modi for providing us inspiring thoughts which would act as a catalyst in initiating deliberations, and setting the agenda for the conference. We express our deep gratitude.

__ Justice Arun Mishra, Supreme Court Judge speaking at the International Judicial Conference in New Delhi

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While the Centre is entitled to assign a case to the NIA, the State government was not consulted in this (Elgaar Parishad case) matter. The fact that the Central government abruptly took the case from the State government’s hands can only mean that they want to cover up something.

__ Sharad Pawar, NCP chief

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For a cyclical revival you have to look at the demand side and I don’t think the actions taken so far will actually have the impact expected on the demand side. Private investment is subdued because of lack of animal spirits. Banks are not extending credit because they’re very cautious. Some people have also talked of a fear factor depressing the investment. Many people say that our tax laws have become so complex, and we are also criminalizing certain aspect of tax avoidance, that people are discouraged from adopting a high profile.

__ Dr. Montekh Singh Ahluwalia, Economist and former Planning Commission Chief

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We have today a government that does not acknowledge that there is such word as slow down. I think this is not good for our country because if we don’t recognize the problems that you face you are not likely to find credible answers to take corrective actions.

__ Dr. Manmohan Singh former Prime Minister

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The Union Budget has sought to provide counter cyclical support to the economy while broadly adhering to fiscal prudence. Monetary transmission and bank credit flows have improved, but they need to become stronger while the macro economy needs further stimulus, the inflation outlook continues to be uncertain.

__ Shaktikanta Das, RBI Governor

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Statistics and date systems in the country need a thorough revamp. Modernisation , use of new technology, more real-time and make it actually useful for policy-making. If you get data which is five years old it doesn’t serve anybody’s purpose.

__ Rajeev Kumar, Vice Chairman, Niti Ayog

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AGR [Adjusted Gross Revenue] has been an unprecedented crisis for the industry and is being dealt by the government. I came to give suggestions around the overall health of the industry. The industry is heavily taxed and taxes need to be looked at.

__ Sunil Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Airtel

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If they Harley Davidson) want to (enter into a partnership), then why not? Sure…..I am open to the right kind of match……This is the era of partnerships and as and when the right kind of partnership comes our way, or we are able to get around to one, we would be willing to do that. In our case it (slow down) started in September 2018 when the insurance cost went up. I don’t see this getting better next month or the month after.

__ Pavan Munjal, Chairman, Hero Moto Corp

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Congress needs to find a leader urgently.

__ Shashi Tharoor, Congress leader

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The whole argument against women not being accepted by men is an insult to the officers and soldiers. Women officers as Captain and Major have to go to everything which any male officer goes. I see no reason why they will not be accepted.

__ Gen (Retd) V.P.Malik, former Army Chief

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The time has not yet come to deploy women at the fore-front.

__ Lt. General R.P. Singh, Commanding in Chief, Western Command

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Grateful to all who supported our cause. ….PM Modi exhibited political will to grant permanent commission to the lady officers but administrators translated it to future appointments.

__ Meenakshi Lekhi, BJP leader

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Women are capable – In the army, in valour and in water, land and the sky. This is a befitting reply to the Modi government which is prejudiced against and opposed to the women power in the country.

__ Priyanki GandhiVadra, Congress leader

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Govt. disrespected woman, by arguing in SC that women Army officers didn’t deserve command posts. I congratulate women for proving them wrong.

__ Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader

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They (bench) junked the argument of domestic duty, motherhood, biological requirements of women and (the verdict) will ensure greater gender justice and gender dignity in all walks of life.

__ Aishwarya Bhati, Advocate

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The narrow minded concept of Hinduvta will damage our great tradition of Vedas, Upanishads and the concept of Vasudhaiva Kudubakam. India is known for tolerance and large heartedness. We have welcomed people of all religions.CAA is going against it and we will not put up with this non-sense.

__ Swami Agnivesh, Social activist

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In no other major film industry the leading stars command a larger slice of movie budget, leaving producers short on money for scripts editing and the rest of the arts that make great film. Scripts are often written more to showcase a star than to tell a story.

__ Ruchir Sharma, Author and Global Investor

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

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The economy is like a patient….handled by incompetent doctors.

__ P.Chidambaram, Congress leader

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It is clear that pharmaceutical firms are promoting drugs by providing gifts, cash or monetary grant to the doctors. It is also proved that drugs are overpriced by the companies.

__ Madras High Court

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Kashmir’s healing process must include rehabilitating Kashmiri pundits. Their suffering has been ignored for too long.

__ Vani Tripathi Tikoo, Member, Central Board of Film Certification

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This is a reminder of how powerful sport is and what magic it does to our lives. We experience the power of sports and even now as I watch this film (India’s 2011 ICC World Cup triumph and his team mates carried him around the stadium) it is really amazing. It is an incredible feeling. Something beyond words.

__ Sachin Tendulkar on winning the Laureus Sporting Moment of the last 20 years.

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A captain is not always a hero, he makes heroes.

__ Ravi Shastri, India cricket coach

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THOUGHT FOR T H E W E E K

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All birds find shelter during a rain. But the eagle avoids rain by flying above the clouds. Problems are common but attitude makes the difference.

__ Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam

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