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Sharp Quotes
By D-Sector Editorial Team

Interesting, profound or out of the box comments on various issues.
 
"The point that I have been making is that the diesel subsidy the government provides is meant to serve a social purpose. It is intended to benefit the farmers. But it is indirectly also benefitting big car companies. In that way, the benefits of these subsidies are getting misdirected. This needs to be corrected."
- Jairam Ramesh, Environment Minister of India
 
 

"No one in need of health care should have to risk financial ruin as a result."
- Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General, WHO
 
 

"The US has all the human resource capacity, but no jobs, India has all jobs but no human resources."
- Kapil Sibal, Human Resource Minister of India
 
 

"There is no country in the world that is as vulnerable, on so many dimensions, to climate change as India is."
- Jairam Ramesh, Environment Minister of India
 
 

"There is going to be a tug-of-war within the US between those who see globalisation as a threat and those who accept we live in an open integrated world, which has challenges and opportunities. "
- Barack Obama, President of U.S.A.
 
 

"The middle class has totally lost the track of how poor this country is."
- Jean Dreze, Member, National Advisory Council, Govt of India
 
 

"Following Harry Potter, there seems to be a strange fascination even among the urban middle classes for presenting their children with owls."
- Jairam Ramesh, Environment Minister of India
 
 

"I grew up in a working class neighbourhood of Chicago. My parents worked hard. Even though they could not give us material things, they gave us something more precious; they gave me and my brother strong values. They taught us to push for excellence in every single thing we did."
- Michelle Obama, U.S. First Lady
 
 

"I do think that one of the challenges that we are going face in the US, at a time when we are still recovering from the financial crisis is, how do we respond to some of the challenges of globalisation? The fact of the matter is that for most of my lifetime and I'll turn 50 next year - the US was such an enormously dominant economic power, we were such a large market, our industry, our technology, our manufacturing was so significant that we always met the rest of the world economically on our terms. "
- Barack Obama, President of U.S.A.
 
 

 
Corruption Watch

The bad news is that corruption has not only sustained but has grown in size and stature in the country. With scams being a regular feature, seventy per cent respondents in a survey have rightfully opined that corruption has continued to increase in India. One in every two interviewed admit having paid a bribe for availing public services during last one year. Transparency International's latest survey reveals that the political parties top the chart for the most corrupt public institutions, followed by police force and legislatures. No wonder, India continues to make new records on the global corruption arena!

The shocking revelation is that the health and education sectors haven't remained untouched by this phenomenon. With 5th and 6th positions respectively for these sectors on the public perception chart on corruption, corruption has crept insidiously into these sectors of hope for the masses. With bureaucracy being fourth in the list of corrupt institutions in the country, corruption seems to have been non-formally institutionalized with little hope if public services would ever be effective in the country. With economic growth having literally institutionalized corruption, are we now expecting corrupt to be socially responsible - a different CSR.

Poor. Who?

Not giving 'aid' to India is one thing but calling it 'rich' is quite another. If one in three of the world's malnourished children live in India, what does average daily income of $3 indicate? It perhaps means that there is a relative decline in poverty - people are 'less poor' than what they used to be in the past. But having crossed the World Bank arbitrary threshold of $2 a day does not absolve the 'developed' countries of their obligation to part with 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Income in development aid. Should this three-decade old figure not be revised?  

An interesting debate in UK's House of Commons delved on future of development assistance by the British Government. While prioritizing limited resources has been a concern, there has been no denying the fact that development aid must be guided towards tangible gains over a short period of time to start with. There are difficult choices for elected governments to make - should they invest in long-term primary education or in short-term university scholarships? Which of these will bring gains and trigger long-term transformation in the society. As politicians continue to be divided on the matter, poverty persists!!   

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