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Sharp Quotes
By D-Sector Editorial Team

Interesting, profound or out of the box comments on various issues.
"In this International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, remembrance of the slave trade and slavery, one of the worst tragedies in the history of humanity, prompts us to reflect on possible ways of alleviating and overcoming such painful memories."
- Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

"You are the generation that will end hunger. In the future, we want our grandchildren to ask us what hunger and starvation were."
- Josette Sheeran, Executive Director, United Nations Peace Keeping Missions Agency

"This is the biggest natural disaster to hit Pakistan and this region in living memory, bigger than the Tsunami or the 2005 earthquake, with millions of children and women struggling to survive in dire conditions. It is a race against time as we rush to deliver supplies to affected populations."
- Martin Mogwanja, UNICEF Representative in Pakistan

"Our clientele are small businesspeople who want to earn a living begging for handouts. We do sophisticated traffic studies that lead us to conclusions on the appropriate corners to achieve optimum handouts."
- Maynard Schnorrer, CEO of Beggars Inc.

"All indications are that in the next 20-30 years, Asia will be faced with an increasing number of chronic diseases on a scale previously unseen."
- Asian Development Bank, in a study on Asian middle class

"Despite challenges of widespread insecurity, health workers have taken an oath on the holy Koran and risk their own lives to provide health care to every man, woman and child in Afghanistan."
- Peter Graaf, Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Afghanistan.

"Since World War II, no child has been prosecuted for a war crime. Child soldiers must be treated primarily as victims and alternative procedures should be in place aimed at rehabilitation or restorative justice."
- Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

"Indigenous people continue to see their traditional lands invaded by powerful actors seeking wealth at their expense, thereby depriving them of life-sustaining resources. "
- James Anaya, Special Rapporteur on the situation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples

"Status and prestige belong not to those who possess nuclear weapons, but to those who reject them."
- Ban Ki Moon, United Nations Secretary General

"Whether we succumb to the storms of climate change or work together to reach the far shore is up to us to decide. "
- Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

"Whether it is in contravention of the Minerals Act or whether it is in contravention of the Forest Conservation Act, the honest fact and the honest truth is that we do not have an effective regulatory system to deal with illegal mining."
- Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State for Environment and Forests

"I know that, progress aside, the United Nations and the international community as whole still have a long way to go before we can reliably predict, prevent and respond through diplomacy to reduce the extent of conflict around the world."
- B. Lynn Pascoe, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs

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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