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Sharp Quotes
By D-Sector Editorial Team

Interesting, profound or out of the box comments on various issues.
"The plight of widows — in the shadows of the world — is a human rights catastrophe. It's really a hidden humanitarian crisis."
- Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of Britain

"“You can search the entire city if a dog of your boss is lost, but you can’t provide protection to the people. This is what you are. What to talk about humanity when you don’t have shame?”"
- Shiv Narayan Dhingra, Justice Delhi High Court

"“We will not go into how things have been done in the last 50 years. This is going to be different. We seek to bring about a change in the relationship between the people and the forest department. We will ensure transparency and a system of social audits,”"
- Jairam Ramesh, Indian Minster of Environment and Forest Minister

"Individuals most at risk of HIV infection - men who have sex with men, injecting drug users and sex workers - are pushed to the margins, instead of being constructively engaged."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

"At a time of economic emergency, when several poor countries are slashing critical health and education budgets to avoid a debt crisis, rich countries are considering saddling them with climate debt for a situation they did not cause and are worst affected by."
- Antonio Hill, Oxfam's Senior Policy Advisor

"Over 10 lakh people die every year in India due to the use of tobacco. There is a need to make a stringent implementation of the Prevention of Tobacco act. Particularly, smoking must be banned within 100 metres of schools and colleges."
- Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, former health minister of India

"Human trafficking is not someone else's problem. Involuntary servitude is not something we can ignore or hope doesn't exist in our own communities."
- Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, USA

"Across cultures and continents children will be joining in the anticipation and excitement of this global event, it will be dominating their play time and leisure time at home, in schoolyards and on the streets. But for some 215 million child labourers - most in hazardous work - who labour long and hard instead of learning and playing, the World Cup is a world away."
- Juan Somavia, ILO Director-General

"Industrialised countries are trying to make fraudulent rules to measure their deforestation."
- Julie-Ann Richards of Climate Action Network

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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