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Sharp Quotes
By D-Sector Editorial Team

Interesting, profound or out of the box comments on various issues.
"Drug dependent women everywhere in the world face very high levels of discrimination because of their drug use and their HIV status."
- Nina Ferencic, UNICEF Senior Advisor on HIV and AIDS

"While it took 25 years for the government to announce compensation of Rs.1,500 crore for the Bhopal gas tragedy victims, it has given Rs.1,620 crore to Suresh Kalmadi for the Games over a short period of time."
- Mani Shankar Aiyar, Member of Parliament and former Sports Minister, India

"If collectively we carry on using the seas and oceans as a dustbin, human beings will soon have turned the once beautiful and bountiful marine environment from a crucial life-support system into a lifeless one."
- Achim Steiner, Head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

"Malaria is an ancient enemy. The fight against it will be long, but we are on the road to success. With perseverance, we will win."
- Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

"Unfortunately the world is not the screen of our TV sets and for many people —too many— suffering is something permanent."
- Antonio Banderas, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador

"Poverty reduction initiatives have the best effects when they target women because they are the most affected, under-employed, and they are the ones caring for children."
- Richard Geier, Head of UNDP’s Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction

"The purpose of a corporation is to be selfish. So it's up to society and its leaders and thinkers to design the checks and balances that are needed to ensure that the corporation does not simply become destructive."
- Pavan Sukhdev, Special Advisor and Head of UNEP's Green Economy Initiative

"While the real impact on the local economy, wildlife and marine health may not be fully known for years ... What's bad for biodiversity is bad for business. "
- Caroline Spelman, United Kingdom Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

"My major concern at this time of the year is that there is a renewed emphasis on ensuring that we do address the funding gaps in Somalia to help us to sustain the achievements that can continue to be made in one of the world’s most difficult and acute humanitarian crises."
- Mark Bowden, UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator for Somalia

"-While HIV epidemics in Western Europe are, with some exceptions, generally stabilizing, in many countries in Eastern Europe, they rage out of control."
- Andrew Ball, Senior Strategy and Operations Adviser of WHO’s HIV/AIDS Department

"Children and adolescents living on the margins of society need access to health and social welfare services, not a harsh dose of disapproval."
- Anthony Lake, UNICEF’s Executive Director

"Though as important as food security, food safety has remained a fringe issue so far, because as a country, we are still struggling to honour our citizen’s basic right to food. "
- V N Gaur, CEO, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

"It is unacceptable that the Sri Lankan authorities have failed to prevent the disruption of the normal functioning of the United Nations offices in Colombo as a result of unruly protests organized and led by a Cabinet Minister of the Government."
- Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General

"It is a strict no no for a new private helipad as they violate noise norms… Only government –owned helipads will be given clearances from my ministry."
- Jairam Ramesh, Environment and Forests Minister of India

"If you don’t want to pay you don’t, I will pay from my tax money. Anyway most of you do not pay your taxes. In India very few people responsibly pay their taxes and I pay my tax and my tax money would be used for cleaning up Bhopal. "
- Jairam Ramesh, Environment and Forests Minister of India, responding to the charge that Government was wasting taxpayers’ money for cleaning up Bhopal instead of putting responsibility on the corporate polluters

"Producing a book is one thing and producing a road is another thing. You (Planning Commission) collect something from here, something from there and produce a book. It is all very well when you are an armchair advisor. Book (report) should not only be well-bound, but it should have content also."
- Kamal Nath, Road Transport Minister of India, criticising the role of its Planning Commission

"Every third malnourished child in the world lives in India; every second Indian child is underweight; three out of four children in India are anaemic and every second newborn has reduced learning capacity due to iodine deficiency. "
- M. Hamid Ansari, Vice-President of India

"Today newspapers have no labour correspondent, housing or primary education correspondent. We are explicitly telling 70 per cent of this country that they don't matter to us. "
- P. Sainath, Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu

"The Maoists have carried out a cowardly act (killing of CRPF jawans). People and groups having faith in human rights should condemn this act of murder in one voice. "
- Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Chattisgarh

"If dharma includes justice, then I have taken my job as spiritual work. If the judges work with vision and vitality, they can do a lot for the country."
- Justice S H Kapadia, Chief Justice of India

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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