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Sharp Quotes
By D-Sector Editorial Team

Interesting, profound or out of the box comments on various issues.
 
"I am of the view that any attempt to dilute the constitutional imperatives in order to promote the so called trends of globalisation, may result in precarious consequences. At this critical juncture the Judge’s duty, to my mind, is to uphold the constitutional focus of social justice without being in anyway misled by the glitz and glare of globalisation."
- Justice A. K. Ganguly, Supreme Court of India
 
 

"The attractive mantras of globalisation and liberalisation are fast becoming the raison d’etre of the judicial process and an impression has been created that the constitutional courts are no longer sympathetic towards the plight of industrial and unorganised workers."
- Justice G. S. Singhvi, Supreme Court of India
 
 

"It needs no emphasis that if a man is deprived of his livelihood, he is deprived of all his fundamental and constitutional rights and for him the goal of social and economic justice, equality of status and opportunity, remain illusory."
- Supreme Court of India reinstating a worker whose services were terminated illegally by his employer.
 
 

"In the Middle East, we must generate new momentum in the search for a comprehensive, just and lasting peace. One year after the Gaza conflict, a fundamentally different approach is required to address the major humanitarian and reconstruction challenges still facing its people. "
- Ban Ki Moon, UN General Secretary on Middle East Crisis
 
 

"If violence doesn’t stop you from investing in Maoist-hit states, then why not invest in Jammu & Kashmir? "
- Omar Abdullah, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister to industrialists
 
 

"For the last 25 years China has been grabbing land in Ladakh. One can’t be absolved by just saying that the LAC has not been demarcated. "
- Farooq Abdullah, Renewable Energy Minister of India who represents Jammu and Kashmir in Parliament
 
 

"If members of the judiciary themselves go astray, incompetent people are functioning as judges, if judges themselves are dishonest and become outright corrupt, that not only spells dooms to the judicial system, but also for the entire country and its governance."
- D.V. Shailendra Kumar, Karnataka High Court Judge on corruption in Indian judiciary
 
 

"There are a few animals in the country which need to be saved. But there is no such problem with humans."
- Jairam Ramesh, India's Forest and Environment Minister
 
 

"“How can you demolish the night shelter without having regard to people living there? Under the law (MCD Act), it is your obligation to provide night shelters to homeless people in the capital." "
- Delhi High Court on Delhi Administration’s arbitrary action of razing the temporary shelters for poor
 
 

"The Kyoto Protocol addresses about 30% of global carbon emissions. In contrast, the framework accord hammered out in Copenhagen may encompass the majority of world emissions. "
- Pascal Lamy, WTO director-general
 
 

"Why do we need the help of the World Bank, which has ripped apart our natural resources by supporting projects for dams and mining at the cost of conservation? "
- P. K. Sen, conservationist and former director of Project Tiger
 
 

 
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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