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GVL Narasimha Rao, BJP National Spokesperson - Unfortunately, parties like the Congress and CPI(M) have attacked the Army chief and armed forces who have registered major success in eliminating terrorists and their sponsors across the border. It is because of the security forces’ effective actions that Pakistan-sponsored terrorists have been under siege. We hope political parties will speak up against the enemies of India rather than aiming theirs barbs at the Army. Such political opportunism has given unwarranted moral strength to the enemies of the country and in a way it contributed to such action (the attack on pilgrims).
General Bipin Rawat - This is a proxy war and proxy war is a dirty war. It is played in a dirty way. The rules of engagements are there when the adversary comes face-to-face and fights with you. It is a dirty war.... That is where innovation comes in. You fight a dirty war with innovations. People are throwing stones at us, people are throwing petrol bombs at us. If my men ask me what do we do, should I say, just wait and die? I will come with a nice coffin with a national flag and I will send your bodies home with honour. Is it what I am supposed to tell them as chief? I have to maintain the morale of my troops who are operating there.In fact, I wish these people, instead of throwing stones at us, were firing weapons at us. Then I would have been happy. Then I could do what I (want to do).
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India - It is very sad to see some black money supporters maligning the moves against corruption, while thanking the Indian diaspora for supporting demonetisation. For me, FDI has two meanings. One is the foreign direct investment and the other ‘First Development of India’.
Ram Madhav, BJP General Secretary - Kashmir is slowly returning to normalcy as schools, financial institutions and government offices are functioning properly now. But it is tragic and unfortunate that seasoned politicians like Farooq and Omar Abdullah are behaving so irresponsibly. I would say they should have strengthened the political will to take on separatists and terrorists. But their statements are directly or indirectly giving force to separatists and terrorists who have been so disruptive in the past.
Narendra Modi - After getting the responsibility of becoming prime minister it has been about two years and three months. India is a democratic country and the people evaluate governments regularly. Media also evaluates. And these days professional survey agencies also do this. I think this is a good thing and that’s why I leave it to the people to evaluate how my government has performed.
Amit Shah - We have achieved a historic feat in Assam while breaching the political resistance in Kerala and Bengal. BJP's geographical spread now extends from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and from Kamrup to Kutch. This is a big achievement. In contrast, Congress has shrunk. For all its grand pretence, it has been reduced to an adjunct of regional parties and will be forced to ride piggyback on others for its survival. The results indicate our steady progress towards our goal of a Congress-mukt Bharat.
Prakash Javadekar - The people of Tamil Nadu deserve much better. There is no difference between DMK and AIDMK. Both are corrupt, both are only personal fiefdoms and both only engage in populism and not real welfare. There is politics of one-upmanship. Tamil Nadu has not risen to its potential because of this and people in TN want development. In Parliament elections, NDA which had aligned with 4-5 parties got nearly 20% vote share but she (Jayalalithaa) could create the impression that she could become PM, and therefore she secured 43% votes. Even she never expected such a jump in vote share. Now Modi is the prime minister. People of Tamil Nadu want change, they want development, they have seen a different kind of governance under Modi and they want that kind of governance.
Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Finance - Our economic philosophy has been very consistent. If you go back to even the Jan Sangh days, and certainly NDA-1days, it is very much right of centre investments driven and supply side view of the world. We expressed that through the last two budgets and certainly in this budget as well. We are looking to build India's productive capacity...and focusing on empowerment and not just on entitlement. I think what we were able to achieve in this budget was actually a very fine balance between the Bharat side of the economy and the India side of the economy. I have already said that we are a pro-poor government and because we are a pro-poor government we are a pro-markets government.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb - A year later, Modi didn't disappoint. He seems to have delivered over the past year. Let's look at the numbers. From what we saw, numbers seem to be healthy or not degrading. The zeitgeist continues so it doesn't seem like a revolution but a systematic approach to reform. Maybe you do more here and less there but overall it is the trend that matters. Sometimes people under-deliver. You cannot control the environment but it is the effort that matters. And that fellow is ascetic. I usually trust people who are ascetic.
Karamatullah K Ghori - Modi’s moderation apparently sat well with the powers-that-be in Washington. The State Department spokesman, John Kirby, welcomed Modi’s overture as a prop to “benefit the entire region.” Nothing surprising, therefore, in it that no joint statement was issued from either Delhi or Islamabad at the end of the ‘surprise’ Modi visit to Lahore. But within hours of it, the Foreign Office in Islamabad announced that its Foreign Secretary will be visiting Delhi, on January 15, to sit down with his Indian counterpart to work out an agenda for the commencement of that “comprehensive” bilateral dialogue Sushma Swaraj promised earlier in the month in Islamabad. The two countries couldn’t have hoped for a better New Year gift.
Surjit S Bhalla - It has been amusing to hear the Congress speak on the non-passage of the bill. It first started, much like a crybaby, by saying, “Mommy, mommy, look he is not even talking to me!” The BJP obliged, held discussions with the Congress leadership, and it looked like the GST might pass. The party also laid down its three preconditions for the bill’s passage, two of which were the removal of the 1 per cent transfer tax (accepted by the BJP) and a GST rate less than 18 per cent (the BJP agreed to an even lower rate). The third demand was to do with a dispute resolution mechanism — the Congress reasons for this strange “demand” are too embarrassing for a family newspaper to print. So, what is holding up the passage of the GST? Nothing, except the crybaby Congress.
R Jagannathan - The National Herald case is a simple one. Sonia and Rahul, using Congress party funds, managed to corner the valuable assets of a defunct company (Associated Journals) – a company with property valued anywhere between Rs 2,000 crore and Rs 5,000 crore – in a private non-profit company run by them. The point is this: though Associated Journals was technically bankrupt, if the properties owned by it were taken into account, it was very much solvent. By selling the properties, Associated Journals, which once published National Herald, could have been revived. At the very least, the Gandhis were behaving unethically. At the other end, they could well have hijacked a property worth thousands of crores for a negligible personal investment.
Balbir Punj - The tolerance of the Gandhi family, it seems, is restricted to pushing forward the Congress agenda and dubbing the present Government’s vision as “intolerance”. Why is Mr Gandhi not coming forward in favour of the liberal agenda by supporting the uniform civil code or demanding  that the history books, drafted under colonial rule, be revised and updated to reflect an unbiased and non-partisan view? Why is he not expressing regret over the suppression of fundamental rights during Emergency? For Mr Gandhi, the intolerance cry is only a means of creeping back to relevance, after his party lost not just power but also significance in the new Indian context which is marked by economic liberalism and political self-awareness of the Hindu legacy of Bharat.
Vamsee Juluri - Yet, Aamir Khan too has joined a group of people who believe, apparently, with all their hearts, that India has become more intolerant since May 2014. The incidents cited for this claim have been three murders, none of which has been determined to be connected to the national government or the ruling party. Yet, somehow, the fact that the Prime Minister did not condemn it quickly enough, or “strongly” enough, has warranted one of the loudest acts of protest by a part of the intellectual and artistic elite who seem to see something that many others simply don’t.
Hillary Clinton - We trained them, we equipped them, we funded them, including somebody named Osama bin Laden. And then when we finally saw the end of the Soviet army crossing back out of Afghanistan, we all breathed a sigh of relief and said, okay, fine, we’re out of there. And it didn’t work out so well for us.
Rajyasree Sen - Aiyar is the same man who thought it was commendable to say that the Congress could find Narendra Modi a spot to set up a tea stall. When the then-Union sports minister Ajay Maken had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complaining that Aiyar was being an “obstructionist” during the Commonwealth Games, the St Stephen’s alumnus had responded by ridiculing Maken’s education and expressing shock that a Hansraj College graduate knew the word ‘dichotomous’. Elitism and bile make a noxious combination in Aiyar. On Tuesday, Aiyar literally crossed the line when on Pakistani TV, he responded to a query about how India and Pakistan can move forward with, “The first and the foremost thing is to remove Modi. Only then can the talks move forward.”
Ravi Shankar - Tipu Sultan was neither a nationalist nor an Indian hero. He was an 18th century bin Laden, cruel and ambitious, a realpolitik player who longed to rule India with French help. There are two Nehruvian templates for what it means to be Indian: celebrating tyrants like Babur and Aurangzeb to appease the Congress idea of Islamic heritage and honouring those who fought against the British. Tipu fell into both categories. The Murderer of Mysore fought the British to keep his throne by allying with the French—who, like the Dutch and British, also wanted to conquer and loot India.
Ravi Shankar - The BJP has been a sitting duck for secular czars and lackeys, whose pre-eminent positions in academic and cultural spheres are threatened. Award wapsi has given an opportunity to many obscure people to get their five minutes of fame. It has also given many well-known intellectuals a chance to emphasise their secular credentials. When Narayana Murthy cries intolerance, it gets attention. However, when Ratan Tata says India is a harmonious country and will always be so, it gets little attention. When Mohan Bhagwat says India’s strength is its diversity, it goes largely unreported. Should Modi apologise for this?
Vivek V Gumaste - Was Moody's Analytics the same as Moody's? Research indicated that it was not. Moody's Analytics is a subsidiary of Moody's Corporation separate from Moody's Investors Service, the global rating agency. So what was being passed off as a reprimand from Moody's was fallacious; a subtle play on words intended to convey a misleading impression. One thing became clear: this was not an official report from Moody's Investor Services, the global rating agency, period. Further attempts to locate the primary source revealed that the report in question was not a report at all but a commentary by an associate economist at Moody's Analytics named Faraz Syed working out of Sydney. The supposedly earth-shattering report pasted all over the place by Indian newspapers was not even visible on the main Moody's Analytics web site. It was found on an auxiliary microsite called "Dismal Scientist" under the commentary section.
M Venkaiah Naidu - The government is not at fault for any of these things. Law and order is a state subject. How can anybody be unfair and criticise the government of India for something happening in UP, something happening in Karnataka.... How can they try to link the Prime Minister with all the things, I am unable to understand? There is a misinformation campaign going on. I will only say that some are misled and some are trying to mislead because of the propaganda. In this country of 120 crore, such incidents happened earlier also, they have happened in the recent past and they are condemnable. The party has condemned them. The Government has condemned it and the Prime Minister himself has come out very strongly.
Surjit S Bhalla - The English-language media is the vehicle through which double standards in India are propagated. The simple reality is that the English press is out to get Modi (and the BJP) at every opportunity. If one read only the English newspapers, and watched only English news channels, one would have missed out on the fact of Angela Merkel, the second most powerful leader in the world, visited India. It was Dadri, and more Dadri.
JS Rajput - The Bisara village tragedy has made it clearly evident how injurious it would be to ignore the antics of the Leftist lobby. Prominent secular columnists, intellectuals and worthies are informing the nation that in India, there is no love for the cow; it is only a ploy to express hatred against Muslims. Simple: Indians (read majority, the Hindus) are hate-mongers and are using the cow to denigrate and persecute the minorities (read Muslims). The cow is only a tool, forget all about astha, love and worship! These things have no meaning for intellectual and political heirs of Marx, Lenin and Mao. They believe in long-term strategies that serve their ideological pursuits.
Mail Today Editorial - India is emerging as a global power, and it’s about time we acted like it. A global power means a country that can run its affairs smoothly when the PM is abroad. Unfortunately, our politicians are so concerned with maligning the PM’s trip that they are forgetting to work on issues that matter at home. Such a childish attitude will not hurt our PM - but could, one day, boomerang on India.
Narendra Modi at SAP Centre - Today, after 16 months, I want a certificate from you saying if I’ve fulfilled my duties or not. Do I have any allegations of corruption against me? Bete ne 250 crore banaaya, beti ne 500 crore banaaya, damaad ne hazaar crore banaaya, ye sun kar ke kaan pak gye ki nhi?
Surya Kumar Bose - There's ample proof of surveillance in files already opened up. Jawaharlal Nehru, his government and successive Congress governments didn't believe Netaji died in the crash and kept a close watch on my father Amiya Nath and uncle Sisir to find out if there was any communication between them. Opening them up would have exposed the misdeeds of the Congress governments.
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Unfortunately, parties like the Congress and CPI(M) have attacked the Army chief and armed forces who have registered major success in eliminating terrorists and their sponsors across the border. It is because of the security forces’ effective actions that Pakistan-sponsored terrorists have been under siege. We hope political parties will speak up against the enemies of India rather than aiming theirs barbs at the Army. Such political opportunism has given unwarranted moral strength to the enemies of the country and in a way it contributed to such action (the attack on pilgrims).
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