THUS SPAKE
Thus Spake

THUS SPAKE

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We know that Coronavirus will not overcome us. As dark as death can be -- particularly for those suffering with grief – light and life are greater…..May the living flame of the Easter hope be a steady guide as we face the future. I wish everyone of all faiths and denominations a blessed Easter.

__ Queen Elizabeth II in her first ever Easter message

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The tragedy we are experiencing summons to take seriously the things that are serious, and not to be caught up in those that matter less; to rediscover that life is no use if not used to serve others. For life is measured by love.

__ Pope Francis opening Holy week

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

These are testing times for humanity. After we emerge from this battle and try to come to terms with the altered realities of economic recession and the massive disruption in individual lives, there will be a movement to seek a solution to the conundrum. Can such catastrophic events be prevented? There will be time to raise questions over our development model and the fragility of our economic system and the un-sustainability of our production-patterns.

__ M. Venkaiaha Naidu, Vice President of India

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Hang in there, Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

__ Narendra Modi, Indian PM

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We’re going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO. We’re to put a powerful hold on it and we’re going see. It’s a great thing if it works. But when they call every shot wrong, that’s no good.

__ Donald Trump, President of USA

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I’m going to continue working from home as much as possible.

__ Justin Trudeau, Canadian PM

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We will soon sea a new spring for Italy but for the moment we must stay at home.

__ Giuseppe Conte, Italian PM

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Part of me would like to beat the apex and just let’s do it….but there’s part of me that says it’s good that we are not the apex because we’re yet not ready for apex.

__ Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York

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For too long has the world outsourced manufacturing to China and is now facing the consequences. The lesson therefore is to reduce the dependence.

__ Tilak Devesher, Member, NSA Board

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The state and Centre have to come together to figure out quickly some combination of public and NGO provisions, private participation and direct benefit transfer that will allow needy households to see through the next few months.

__ Raghuram Rajan, former Governor, RBI and Professor of Finance at University of Chhicago.

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We are prepared to ensure there is no academic loss to students if need arises to keep schools, colleges closed after Apri 14.

__ Ramesh Pokhriyal, Indian HRD Minister

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The Prime Minister’s time is running out to prevent a grave and prolonged economic crisis. Bold measures and sector specific stimulus alone can save the economy from a threatened collapse.

__ Anand Sharma, Congress leader

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GEMS OF THE WEEK

Extra ordinary times require even closer cooperation between friends. Thank you India, and the Indian people for the decision on HCQ. Will not be forgotten! Thank you, Prime Minister Narendra Modi for your strong leadership in not helping just India, but humanity, in this fight.

__ Donald Trump, President of USA. Earlier Trump had spoken of “retaliation” if India turned down his request for hydroxychloroquine, according to reports.

Fully agree with you President @realDonald Trump. Times like these bring friends closer. The India-US partnership is stronger than ever. India shall do everything possible to help humanity’s fight against Covid-19. We shall win this together.

__ Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister

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We have introduced parcel train with fixed timetables as a quick response to the locked down. We may continue some of these trains even after normalcy is restored.

__ Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board

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The lay person should be skeptical of the hype, though it is hard to figure out what is legitimate and what is not. Beware of apocalyptic scenarios.

__ Gautam Menon, Professor of Physics and Bio, Ashoka University

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The models differ because of the lack of due diligence in terms of picking realistic assumptions. Your model is only as good as your assumptions.

__ Giridhar R. Babu, Professor, Public Health Foundation of India

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I am skeptical of the modeling at the current stage because we do not have Indian figures. At present we are relying only Italian and Chinese figures.

__ N. Devadasan, Technical Advisor, Health systems transformation platform.

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This crisis blurs the boundary between people with mental health issues and the so-called normal people.

__ Alok Sarin, Psychatrist, New Delhi

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My sister got Covid-19 while studying in London. It was an anxiety-inducing time for us. I got my mother out of guilt of not pushing her to come back home before she got it. I did so by telling what I am telling my clients right now: Go easy on yourself.

__ Sascha Kriplani, Psychotherapist, Mumbai

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The poor and the vulnerable have the first claim on the resources of the country. The Central Government’s Financial Action Plan (announced on March 25) was miserly, ignored many sections, and was a big factor in pushing migrant workers to leave towns and cities to go back to their villages – tragically many would have carried the virus with them.

__ P. Chidambaram, former finance minister of India

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The Tablighi Jamat should not have organized the congregation in the first place. In Maharashtra too a request was made to hold a congregation but state home minister, Anil Deshmukh and chief minister(Udhav Thakre) discussed it and denied them permission…… If the same alert was shown in Delhi, we would not have to see what is going on today

__ Sharad Pawar

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Lockdown will be lifted on Apri 15th. We have to ensure that the crowding doesn’t take place. Your (MPs) help is needed in this regard. If crowding takes place, efforts would go waste.

__ Yogi Adityanath, UP CM

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We will begin the hearings after the lockdown ends. We are working out a system in which only skeleton staff needs to come to CIC office. We will hear our cases through audio conferencing and video conferencing.

__ Bimal Julka, Chief Information Commissioner

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India’s senior bureaucrats, diplomats and politicians may hanker for the American greencard, but doctors who India has nurtured in every respect cannot abandon their country in its hour of need.

__ Sunanda K. Datta-Ray, Senior journalist, columnist and author

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I believe this moment in our lives will finally b a memory of when v had all the time on our hands & our loved ones in our arms.

__ Shah Rukh Khan, Actor

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QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

It is by doubting that we come to investigate; and by investigating that we recognise the truth.

__ Peter Abelard

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